Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A flaw in the vinyl comeback

The resurgence of vinyl records – some 13 million new discs were sold in the US last year – depends largely on a limited stock of manufacturing equipment dating back to the 1970s, resulting in long delays on orders to press discs.

Because the equipment is so old, maintaining it sometimes requires making replacement parts by hand, The New York Times’ Ben Sisario reports:


UPDATE: The view from a new pressing plant – like others, using recycled manufacturing equipment – in Portland, OR, from Melanie Sevcenko for The Guardian: