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The Dirty Little Secret of the Record Biz

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The dirty little secret of the audiophile record biz is that record dealers can’t possibly know for certain what the sound quality is for any sealed record they sell, audiophile vinyl or otherwise. They turn a blind eye to the fact that some copies are simply not going to measure up to the sound of the review copy that they might have auditioned and described.

But wait a minute. That’s giving much too much credit to audiophile record dealers.

Thinking About Hot Stampers


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Dirty Little Secrets of the Record Biz, Part 2

Master Tape? Yeah, Right

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Let me ask you one question. If so many of the current labels making 180 gram reissues are using the real master tapes -- the real two-track stereo masters, not dubs, not cutting masters, not high-resolution digital copies, but the real thing -- then why do so many of their records sound so bad?

If you're honest you'll say "I Don't Know..." because, and here I want you to trust me on this, you don't know. I don't know either. Nobody does.

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The Dirty Little Secret of the Record Biz Part 3

Hits That Are Made from Dub Tapes

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The sound of some songs on some greatest hits albums can be BETTER than the sound of those very same songs on the best original pressings.

How can that be you ask, dumbfounded by the sheer ridiculousness of such a statement? Well, dear reader, I'll tell you. It's a dirty little secret in the record biz that sometimes the master for the presumptive Hit Single (or singles) is pulled from the album's final two track master mix tape and used to make the 45 single, the idea being that the single is what people are going to hear on the radio and want to buy, or, having heard it sound so good on the radio, go out and buy the album.

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Stravinsky / The Firebird

What We Say and What We Almost Never Say About the Sound

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Another entry in our Thinking About Hot Stampers series.

For our recent shootout of The Firebird we had three minty, potentially hot copies of the Mercury with Dorati, as well as our noisy ref. (We have a noisy reference copy for just about every major title by now. We have been doing these shootouts for a very long time. After thirty years in the record business we have accumulated a World Class collection of great sounding records that are just too noisy to sell.)

More of the music of Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)


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