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Your subscription will be a recurring billing and will include 1 vinyl per month as well as a message from our artist curator. Records ship between the 1st and the 7th of each following month. All dollar amounts are USD.
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July 12, 2019
The manufacturer at the pressing plant takes an aluminum disc and coats it with a veneer of nitrocellulose lacquer. Also, the center hole is punched using a highly specific machine and a microscope that finds the exact center. Now, it’s ready to have the grooves cut with the sound of the album being pressed.
The same cutting process is repeated for the other side of the album. Once the record is done being cut, it’s inspected for flaws by the manufacturer. Usually, a few of these are pressed prior to the mass-production of the record and are approved by the artist / label / master engineer, etc. If there are any flaws, new lacquers are made and the process starts over to ensure sound quality.
After the master record lacquers are approved by all the appropriate parties, the lacquer disc gets “plated,” which entails it being washed in a silver solution and left to sit in a bath of tin chloride solution. This is where it gets scientific!
The tin molecules in the solution are attracted to the silver, so they all start to form and congeal on the top of the disc, creating an opposite image of it. The tin molecules fill in the record grooves cut by the lathe, creating a “positive” image to the lacquer’s “negative,” and the resulting piece of metal, known as the “stamper,” will now be used as the mold to press the vinyl records. The lacquer is discarded once the stamper is created for both sides of the record. It’s about time for some test pressings.
Records are made from pellets of PVC, or polyvinyl chloride. The standard color used is black vinyl, but as our club members are well aware, these pellets come in an endless array of colors, and can be used to create all kinds of designs on the surface of the record. Opaque color, splatter, half-and-half, swirl, you name it! Part of the beauty of vinyl is how unique it can be, and Magnolia Record Club’s exclusive vinyl offerings celebrate that unique quality.