"I think one could locate their own "hot stamper" just by crate digging and doing your own comparison."
bimmerman2- That's all it is-find multiple copies of the period release. Not so easy, if we're talking 50+ year old LP's. Most will be noisy/groove damaged, especially if it's something in demand.
Putting in the time and effort does command a premium. You're paying for a cleaning and sifting of MANY LP's to find "the one."
This album has been listed for OVER $500 as a "WHITE HOT STAMPER."
, I found one for $8.00. There IS a difference. I'm just a poor audiophool though-no "HOT STAMPERS" without doing the heavy lifting.