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American Ghost Dance. Like any metal die, these molds have a finite lifespan. The accumulation of scratches, flaws, and other damage resulting from the tremendous mechanical stress a stamper is subjected to— tons of pressure during a production run—leads to a gradual loss of audio fidelity in the finished records.
To ensure the best sound quality, some boutique companies that press heavy vinyl today limit their stampers to 1, pressings. In contrast, during the peak of the vinyl boom, major labels churned out as many as 10, copies on a single stamper.
It's preferable to have a record pressed early in a production run, before the metal exhibits signs of wear, rather than toward the end, right before a fresh stamper is slapped on. Tom Port thinks a thousand bucks is a bargain to hear a classic rock opus sound better than you've ever heard it sound before—stoned or sober. Nab an early pressing of an iconic title produced under ideal conditions, take really really good care of it for 40 years, and maybe it'll be judged a hot stamper worth four figures.
Scott Hull, a recording engineer who owns Masterdiskone of the world's premier mastering facilities, compares producing a vinyl record to making wine. Everything matters, from plating the lacquers to various molding issues to the quality of the vinyl pellets. Selling these artifacts at these prices requires more than a list of customers with too much disposable income.
It takes hard work, chutzpa and catalog copy that ignites neural brush fires in the amygdala. Port had me at "killer pressing. Although Better Records offers jazz, blues, classical, and the occasional genre novelty faux-Polynesian exotica is a recurring guilty pleasureinvariably it's nostalgic classic rock albums like that Stones semi-classic from that become hot stampers.
The painstaking process begins by scouring the used market—from Salvation Army bins to eBay—for a dozen or more clean copies of an album. Grunt work completed, the hot stamper king and his minions meet in the Better Records listening room for a round of tests dubbed a "Shootout. By the standards of your stereotypical tube-loving, power-junkie audiophile, the amp Port uses as the hub of his Shootout machine is shockingly ordinary: a s Japanese integrated transistor amp rated at a feeble 30 watts per channel, a typical thrift-store find.
That can sound nice, but I need accuracy. The other components are much more upscale. Everything has been carefully selected for sonic neutrality. This isn't about conjuring mega-bass or shimmering highs. The goal is flat frequency response, getting as close as possible to the sound on the original master tape.
Nothing added or subtracted. When the shootout finally gets underway, lights are dimmed, eyelids fall and ears peak. With each cut sampled, the usual things are carefully pondered: presence, frequency extension, transparency, soundstage, texture, tonal correctness, and an elusive quirk called "tubey magic" seriously.
Every element is scrutinized in granular detail. If opinions diverge or memories fail, reference copies are pulled from the archive to check benchmarks. It's tedious work. When the grades are tabulated, a sonic pecking order emerges:. It's tempting to dismiss hot stampers as pseudoscience, like cryogenically treated speaker cablespower amp fuses zapped with Tesla coilsand every other confidence scheme devised to separate affluent middle-aged audiophiles from the contents of their wallets.
Talk to enough studio engineers and record plant technicians, though, and it becomes apparent that the aural disparity between records that Tom Port prattles on about really does exist. Industry experts agree that copies of the same album can, and often do, sound different; sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. Not just from copy to copy, and from side A Red Hot (Dub Mix) - Princess - Red Hot! (Vinyl) side B, but from track to track, and, yes, even within the same track.
In fact, vinyl records made on the same stamper, during the same production run also can vary in sound quality. Other copies, bearing different record labels, Red Hot (Dub Mix) - Princess - Red Hot! (Vinyl) in different countries, using different equipment and personnel, will impart their own sonic flavor, which only muddles the issue further.
Only the producer, the mastering, and cutting engineers really know what that record was supposed to sound like. Most members of hobbyist web forums who discuss vinyl records are vehemently anti-hot stamper. It's the exorbitant markup, of course, that provokes all the outrage. The first pressing, mastered by a young Bob Ludwigbeats every other pressing and reissue by a wide margin. This record is easily identified by scanning the matrix, Red Hot (Dub Mix) - Princess - Red Hot!
(Vinyl), a product code located in the run-out area next to the label. Known among dealers as the "hot mix," it has such energy Red Hot (Dub Mix) - Princess - Red Hot!
(Vinyl) dynamic range that when it was released it caused the needles on cheap record players to literally jump out of the grooves. This happened when Ahmet Ertegun, the president of Atlantic Records, brought a copy home to his daughter.
Judging the record defective, he immediately ordered a new pressing with the signal dialed down and compressed. Ludwig would later lament that this version " sounded puny and aghh!
Still, like everything else having to do with manufacturing vinyl records, there are no rules or absolutes. A desirable matrix isn't foolproof. It's only a good omen. This is what keeps Better Records in business and earns Tom Port a comfortable six-figure income. If there is one question that needs to be asked at this point, it is this: Who actually buys these things? Bill Pascoe, a full-time political consultant and part-time audiophile, is one such customer.
Like all hot stamper addicts, he was initially skeptical. Port's notes boasted that it crushed the lavishly praised Cisco gram Aja reissue. Pascoe was dubious. If you're going to spend tens of thousands of dollars on hardware, why wouldn't you pay a few hundred for the software? Today, Pascoe owns more than hot stampers.
Adjusted for inflation, that's the equivalent of buying a new Mercedes E-Class. The only difference is that one has an excellent resale value.
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