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LATHE CUT RECORDS
YOU WANT YOUR MUSIC TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION AND LAST FOR A LONG TIME 


Playing Lathe Cuts
Lathe cuts have lower output than tradtitional records so turn up the volume to enjoy them.

Manually placing the needle is necessary with lathe cuts and may take a few tries to get it in the right groove. You will  know right away if you got it wrong as the audio will sound faint and intermittant. The real groove will sound solid and full.

This is part of the experience of a one off hand made musical artifact.
My lathe cuts have no lead in groove or lead out lock groove, generally what i do is allow 5 seconds of silent groove before audio starts to allow placement of the needle at the start of the record. The same for the end to allow time to pick up the needle after play. If the record does keep playing the needle will just stay next to  the label, this will not hurt your needle.
Lathe cut records do not sound like pressed records they are lo to medium fidelity recordings that are designed for low cost production of short run releases of music. This allows the artist to purchase a short run of records for self distrobution. Because there is no master plating or pressing fees the cost is strictly limited to real time cutting of the finished product. Lathe cuts are a cost effective way for an artist to enter the vinyl market.
Playing Lathe Cuts
​The sound of lathe cuts varies entirely based on the sonic information being cut, some songs sound great and some do not translate too well. There is also some high end breakup which can be more prevalent with vocals and high notes.
EQing, multiband compression and limiting can be done to help clear this up to translate well to disc but sometimes it is what it is. Test cuts are always reviewed by the client and signed off on before records are made.

The Listening Experience

A basic no frills hifi turntable with a tone arm that has an adjustable conterweight is best, Also a basic magnetic diamond stylus will track best, Most records will track at 1.5-2 grams and if your deck has antiskate, adjust to the desired weight, This will optimize the playabilty of the lathe cuts.
To listen on speakers you will most likely have to turn your amp up a little louder than normal to get the most enjoyment out of these lower volume pressings, For a more intimate experience, please try a set of headphones. I find this is the best way to enjoy these cuts.
If you are a collector of lathe cuts and are looking for a cartridge recomendation the pickering npac/stanton 400 is a very high output cartridge at 10mv and will make low output cuts nice and loud. link  - http://www.lpgear.com/product/PICK03.html
Note- shure m447 is also 9.5mv and available almost everywhere.

WHAT I DO
STYLUS PRESSURE IS ABOUT MAKING RECORDS SIMPLE
LATHE CUT RECORDS ARE HAND MADE ONE AT A TIME ARTIFACTS THAT ARCHIVE AND PRESERVE YOUR MUSIC IN A TANGIBLE MEDIUM THAT IS ABSOLUTE AND CLASSIC.
THE RECORDS ARE HAND CUT ONE AT A TIME AND CAN BE CUT ON CLEAR VINYL OR MORE REASONABLY PRICED MATERIALS.


BEST RESULTS COME FROM CLEAR POLYCARBONATE.

​DISC MANUFACTURING

I CAN CUT BLANK DISCS FOR MY LATHE IN STANDARD SIZE of 7 inch

THIS REDUCES THE COST OF ORDERING BLANKS ELSEWHERE.
MAKING DISCS IS SIMPLE. I HAVE A BANDSAW WITH A CLEVER CIRCLE JIG AND I CAN CUT A BLANK IN ABOUT 25 SECONDS.