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Cool! But I wonder how they did it back in the 30's and 40's.
Good question. I thought about that, too. But I guarantee that some of the equipment we see in those videos dates from 60's and 70's, for sure. I do have a couple of vinylphile clients, actually. A couple of years ago, one of them paid about $4 grand for his turntable, too. Handmade in Germany, I think, by some company that has been making them since WWII...they make like 150 a year or something like that.Pretty crazy stuff, but they are serious about the quality being better.
I can't confirm the process for the 30's and 40's but in the 60's and 70's, the process was much the same. In fact, the only difference I saw was the automation in actually pressing the records. My dad worked in the industry and I spent one summer in college making good money plopping down that disc of plastic goo, making sure my hands were out of the way, and then hitting a button that would close the press. We "Press Operators" then removed the record, placed it on a spinner where the edge was trimmed, inspected both sides for imperfections, and placed it in a paper sleeve. It was a hot, boring job - which was great for reminding me I needed to finish my college degree! Thanks for the link - it brought back memories.
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