ACHTUNG! ALERTE! 'VINYL RECORDS NOW IN CRISIS!!!!!' Feb 9, 2020 6:20:33 GMT
Post by COLA on Feb 9, 2020 6:20:33 GMT
As already mentioned in a couple threads here, the SHite panic over the Apollo lacquer factory fire is a truly entertaining spectacle. As someone else has pointed out, the SH.tv thread, which has since been helpfully made a sticky and hysterically retitled Vinyl records now in crisis: Apollo Transco Mastering lacquer plant is a total loss* goes from stupid to stupider, the dumbness ratched up a notch, page by pathetic page. So let's save some of this for posterity.
I take it that "Mr. Framer" refers to Michael Fremer, well known bottom feeder vinyl cheerleader-slash-shill. Mr. Framer is *devastated*, which is a funny image to imagine. Why so devastated, Mikey? Worried that the promo record gravy train is about to come to a halt, I guess.
Old Zorki II said:Saw Mr. Framer today on Florida Audio Show. He seems to be pretty devastated. He said that there is some information about industry "backup stash" 6 month worth of laquers, but does not know if it is true.
You know what the world REALLY needs? Beatles LPs! Right now!
brianplowe said:Time to bring out the Beatles stereo masters and cut them to lacquer AAA right now.
A slap in the face with a wet fish from nosliw to those who are just not taking this grave crisis seriously enough:
nosliw said:I've been reading some comments on a few social media platforms and it seems some are not properly processing the news or had their head-in-the-cloud solution to deal with the destruction of Apollo Masters. Some think that "technology" will somehow fix this issue or think it won't affect the vinyl record industry at all.
As @mrrom92 and @steve Hoffman have already stated, that news cannot be understated and people should watch the videos of how records are made and where lacquer disks come into place. This is the vinyl record equivalence of the mass dying of pollinating bees from the animal and plant food chain. And not to mention that DMM technology is still antiquated by today's standards with no new equipment being manufactured these days, followed by knowledge transfer issues from staff attrition and loss of proper blueprints and plans, and a lack of economic scale and viability.
What we're dealing with is mid-20th century technology that is stretched to their absolute limits from a loss of knowledge, skills, and equipment breakdown and cannibalization in the realm of 21st century demands and revival of the vinyl record trend.
At least this SHite has the can-do spirit!
alarickc said:It's nitrocellulose, it's not that hard to make or work. Just dangerous.
More wishing upon a star for a rich daddy (who couldn't possible give a fuck about any of this) to save them.
Mr. Bewlay said:You could easily see somebody with a ton of cash see an opportunity. Somebody like Jeff Bezos, for example.
The genius of obvious economics sagely weighs in:
hammr7 said:As a summary:
Before Apollo does anything they need to determine exactly what went wrong. That may influence their financial situation and determine whether they can rebuild. And determine what documentation they have and don't have. They have some options on how to rebuild, depending upon how comfortable they feel about finances and the market going forward.
Taking the stupid to a higher level:
domesticmachine said:yeah if there’s only so many lacquers left the world should have a chance to vote on what albums they get used for. God forbid they’re used to cut RSD versions of the Top Gun soundtrack.
And so forth...
rischa said:So can the viny play-back gear industry survive on the numbers of a used vinyl-only market? I want to know what the guys at a place like VPI are thinking/feeling about this.
Garages?? Garages! Hey, wait a minute! We gots lotsa garages! I look forward to hearing how many SHites have blown themselves up in their garages attempting to revive the lacquer industry.
Mr Bass said:If MDC can really produce lacquers in the garage than it should be a piece of cake or slab of vinyl to replicate that as the US is loaded with garages.
Minister of Central Planning brianplowe again:
brianplowe said:they should stop cutting digital completely now unless dmm. Use the last precious lacquers to cut tape.