What is the minimum quantity of vinyl pressings that may be ordered through Gottagroove Records?
What should one expect in turnaround time?
This can vary dramatically, so best to go by this webpage (which is always updated): http://gottagrooverecords.com/release-date-planning/
What type of payments do you accept/expect, and do you have any sort of payment plans?
50% deposit, balance due when order is ready to ship. We do accept Paypal’s deferred interest-free payment services, as well as offer a crowdfunding platform specifically built for record projects at our plant: www.gottagroovebot.com
What extras do you offer customers?
We are a one-stop-shop – we make every component that goes into a record package. We cut lacquers in-house from high resolution digital premasters or tape. We are also extremely well setup for custom options like diecutting, foil stamping, spot gloss treatments, and custom sized print.
Does a larger order qualify for any discounts?
Yes, please see pricing at http://gottagrooverecords.com/pricing-online-ordering/
What makes your company stand out, and why should someone seeking this service choose you guys over the others?
Every step in our approach to making records takes extra time.
When we are cutting your lacquers (assuming you are ordering test cuts and/or reference acetates), we don’t just take a blanket approach and cut your masters blindly. Each master requires its own specific approach, and this takes more time than just cutting without listening. This limits the number of records we can cut each day, but also ensures that our customers’ projects are receiving the attention they deserve.
Records we plate in-house are processed using a combination of proprietary materials and procedures. Our silver solution is our own unique recipe that is mixed in-house, instead of purchased pre-mixed. We plate every lacquer at a much lower amperage than most industry professionals. This means masters/mothers/stampers take longer to create, but are truer to the frequency response of the original lacquer cut than faster-speed plating can reproduce.
Before shipping test pressings to customers, each test is reviewed on more than one turntable. Any imperfections are further inspected by our Quality Control Manager. In many cases, we make the decision to not ship test pressings and to further troubleshoot issues before the test pressings get into the customer’s hands. When required, we absorb the additional costs of remaking parts to correct test pressing issues. While this can add weeks to the time it takes to ship test pressings, it also maintains our 99% test pressing approval rating by correcting most issues before they can reach our customers’ turntables.
When your final order is being pressed, we have one quality control employee per every two pressing machines listening to approximately every 25th record off the press during every shift. Notes are kept and pressing adjustments made, as necessary. We are the only pressing plant in the United States with this sort of strict quality control procedure. This certainly does increase the amount of time necessary to manufacture records, but it has proven effective in shipping the highest quality records that can possibly be manufactured.
We like to refer to our records as “vinyl perfect” — we are always striving for perfection in an imperfect medium, shipping records that are the best that they can sound/look given each project’s unique characteristics. We just can’t rush this sort of approach.
We sent the same questions to all of the record pressing companies on our list- and these are their answers.