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  • #16
    So...how soon might this impact new LP releases, Immediately? I backed a couple Kickstarter campaigns for LPs, should I assume those are dead?
    TAPE: Studer A807, A810; Revox B77 MkII; Tascam BR-20; Technics RS-1700; Pioneer RT-707, RT-909
    VINYL: Denon DP59-L/Benz LP-S MR/ModWright PH 9.0; Pioneer PL-50LII/Dynavector 20xH
    DIGITAL: Bryston SP-3, Marantz NA6006/Pioneer N-50, Schiit Bifrost
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    • #17
      Originally posted by Skylab View Post
      So...how soon might this impact new LP releases, Immediately? I backed a couple Kickstarter campaigns for LPs, should I assume those are dead?
      They're not dead, they're just pining for the fjords.
      Analog:
      Forsell Air Reference, Transfiguration Proteus / VPI Prime Signature, Symphonic Line RG-8, Transfiguration Phoenix S,VAS Nova Signature, VAS Nova Mono

      Digital:
      Mac mini 6,2 w/YFS PS-12M external LPS / Exogal Comet DAC/ Power Supply

      Cables:
      Morrow, Gryphon interconnects / YFS USB cable / Morrow, XLO phono cables / Gryphon speaker cables

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      • #18
        It seems some of the larger mastering houses have a supply of blank lacquers around. Who knows how long they will last? One thing for sure is they will be a lot more careful and not waste lacquers.

        Another consideration is that many reissues are mastered and plated way ahead of their release. So that may mitigate some of the immediate effect from the fire. But not so much for new recordings being released on vinyl. Those may take a huge hit.
        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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        -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
        -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
        -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
        -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
        -Lyra Atlas SL, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies Power Cords
        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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        • #19
          Retrospective.
          A close examination of the problems facing the vinyl manufacturing industry in 2015.
          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
          ________________________________________

          -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
          -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
          -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
          -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
          -Lyra Atlas SL, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
            Retrospective.
            Good retrospective. But looks like we are in worse shape than I thought... From the article:
            "There are only two companies worldwide that produce lacquers. One of these companies is a one-man operation in Japan run by an old man who produces the lacquers in his garage. It’s excellent quality, but who knows how much longer he can and especially will want to continue to do this. When we are in contact with him, we attempt to order as many lacquers as we can in order to stock up as much as possible. You don’t really know when you will reach him again. The other company is in the USA and serves a large portion of the market. It is practically a monopoly. This is not good for business.”

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            • #21
              My mastering engineering friend told me that he used to get his lacquers from Apollo but switched to MDS a couple of years ago. He said that after his supply of cutting stylii is gone, he will have to switch to the Adamant stylii.

              Larry
              Analog- VPIClassic3-3DArm,SoundsmithZephyrII+MiyajimaZeroMono, 2xAmpex ATR-102,Doshi3.0 BottleheadPhonoPre,Herron VTPH-2A
              Dig Rip-Pyramix,IzotopeRX3Adv,Mykerinos,PacMicroModel2
              Dig Play-mchNADAC, LampiPac, Roon, HQP, Oppo105
              Electronics-Herron 360Pre,CJ MET1mchPre, Cary2A3monoamps
              Speakers-AvantgardeDuosLR,3SolosC,LR,RR
              Other-512Engineer/Marutani Symmetrical Power, ArtKelmGround1, AudioDiskVinylCleaner,AirTightRecordFlat, Scott Rust Interconnects,
              Music-15KRecs(90%classical),1KR2Rtapes,50TBrips

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              • #22
                I was contacted within a day of the fire to see if I had any lacquer spares.

                It does seem as if this is an opportunity for someone to get into the business. The aluminum discs aren't hard to make, just getting the formula right...

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by atmasphere View Post
                  I was contacted within a day of the fire to see if I had any lacquer spares.

                  It does seem as if this is an opportunity for someone to get into the business. The aluminum discs aren't hard to make, just getting the formula right...
                  Little more than that. One of the chemicals used in manufacturing lacquers is explosive and there are EPA rules and regulations pertaining to its use..

                  Nitrocellulose lacquer is spin-coated onto aluminum or glass discs, then a groove is cut with a lathe, to make one-off phonograph records, used as masters for pressing or for play in dance clubs. They are referred to as acetate discs.
                  Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                  Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                  ________________________________________

                  -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                  -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
                  -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
                  -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                  -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                  -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                  -Lyra Atlas SL, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                  -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                  -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies Power Cords
                  -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                  • #24
                    So interestingly, Kevin Gray switched to MDC lacquers a while back so the Tone Poet series (and presumably other projects Kevin handles such as Analogue Productions) won’t be affected by the Transco fire. Apparently he has a good supply of lacquers too. Not sure what lacquers Ryan Smith uses. So a little bit of good news.
                    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                    ________________________________________

                    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                    -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
                    -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
                    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                    -Lyra Atlas SL, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies Power Cords
                    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                    • Don RMGI
                      Don RMGI commented
                      Editing a comment
                      I talked with one of the mastering engineers at Sterling Sound in Nashville last week who was ordering some tape and the conversation turned to the lacquer issue. He told me they have been using MDS for years, so he felt they were "grand fathered" in so far as getting product and they also had a decent supply on hand. That said, he felt it was certainly going to be an issue going forward. He just didn't know how much it would affect production in the long term.

                    • MylesBAstor
                      MylesBAstor commented
                      Editing a comment
                      Good to know. Thanks!

                      And apparently Abbey Road has a stock of MDC lacquers too.

                      So wonder who was using Transco?

                  • #25
                    Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

                    Little more than that. One of the chemicals used in manufacturing lacquers is explosive and there are EPA rules and regulations pertaining to its use..

                    Nitrocellulose lacquer is spin-coated onto aluminum or glass discs, then a groove is cut with a lathe, to make one-off phonograph records, used as masters for pressing or for play in dance clubs. They are referred to as acetate discs.
                    Usually stuff for dance clubs is done on a 'dub plate' which is a semi opaque soft plastic disc (the Wiki page has an inaccuracy in this regard). They can handle many more plays than a lacquer can! You need a different stylus to cut them.

                    But generally speaking, lacquers are quite flammable! But these days getting the EPA approval is probably easier than it was a few years ago.

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                    • #26
                      STEREOPHILE'S MICHAEL FREMER: SCIENTOLOGY & THE APOLLO /TRANSCO LACQUER FIRE

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                      • #27
                        Interesting stats from the RIAA - 2019 was another banner year for vinyl...but what now?

                        4. #VinylWatch

                        It's our favorite thing to point out every single time these reports are released. For the first time since 2004 (when the RIAA started tracking download singles and albums), vinyl revenue has surpassed that of album downloads and digital track downloads, with its $504 million representing its largest revenue total since 1988 and its 14th straight year of growth. Not only that, its rate of growth is accelerating even as its baseline revenue increases, too -- its 19% growth in 2019 is more than double the 8% it grew in 2018, an impressive feat. So let's do the math: If CD sales revenue declines at the same 12% rate in 2020 that it fell in 2019, and even if we assume that vinyl's 19% growth rate was an anomaly and in 2020 its rate reverts to the 8% growth it saw in 2018, then vinyl sales revenue could pass CD sales revenue in 2020 for the first time since 1986. It's possible and it could be right around the corner.
                        https://www.billboard.com/articles/b...-key-takeaways
                        TAPE: Studer A807, A810; Revox B77 MkII; Tascam BR-20; Technics RS-1700; Pioneer RT-707, RT-909
                        VINYL: Denon DP59-L/Benz LP-S MR/ModWright PH 9.0; Pioneer PL-50LII/Dynavector 20xH
                        DIGITAL: Bryston SP-3, Marantz NA6006/Pioneer N-50, Schiit Bifrost
                        SPEAKERS: B&W Nautilus 800, Pioneer DSS-9, Velodyne FSR-15
                        AMPS: Cary SLP-05/Sunfire Signature 600, Pioneer SX-1980

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