I better buy all the old vinyl I can now; thanks for the heads up!
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I am not buying into it either. It seems as if the Stereo article I referenced was more apocolyptic and worst case scenario than anything else. I certainly hope that the vinyl industry is able to continue to thrive in the future despite the foreboding article. Anyway, I thought it would be great to share what some of the German only audio magazines are saying about vinyl. They do agree that we are in a awakening period of vinyl again, but for how long?
The Neumann isn't the only cutter out there by any means. There are a lot of Westerex 3D units, and if you know history, these are the ones that did the old RCAs and Mercuries. The Westerex still has good support.
The real problem is the laquers. That is 90% of the noise and pressing defects you run into.
At some point someone is going to have to sit down with a Bridgeport lathe, and make some of the parts these people are whining about. It won't be any big deal, but it will likely increase the cost of the parts unless someone figures out that its easier to make 100 parts than it is for one. You see stuff like this in the automotive and motorbike worlds all the time. Nothing to worry about, that's for sure...