After a hard day at the Bedrock Quarry, Fred and Barney relax spinning a few discs.
Vinyl records have been around a long time, but many aspects of their manufacture remain shrouded in mystery, which it is helpful to the modern day collector to understand. LJC poster FelixStrange has recommended this educational video made by RCA in 1956. Get up to speed on lacquers, masters, molds, and stampers, impress your friends at Christmas parties (and make sure you never get invited again)
Quick Summary for Slackers:
Watch the whole thing here. Now everyone can be an expert.
For the seriously nerdy, there is also some useful background to be gained from the manufacture of shellac 78s, shown in this 1942 educational video similarly from RCA, also recommended by LJC Visiting Professor of Vinylology, FelixStrange.
Get the basics right, and you can then move on to the eternal verities.
The YouTubes we are still waiting for:
How to tell at which pressing plant a record was manufactured? A Slacker’s Guide
Alfred Lion looks back on the sessions behind each Blue Note title.
Inside Confidential: who really pressed Esquire.
And lastly, the three-hour blockbuster everybody wants to see this holiday: Transformers – The Rise and Fall of the Evil Silver Disc, starring Michael Douglas as Rudy Van Gelder, Morgan Freeman as Miles Davis, and Patrick Stewart as the enigmatic WB. Also introducing romantic interest, Keira Knightly, as the beautiful but mysterious young lady with a Plastylite ear tattooed in a very unexpected place, who finds she is strangely attracted to men who collect records.
Coming to a theatre near you
Avoid it you cannot.