Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Edge_88, Mar 17, 2002.
what are the bad points of cut outs on lps and promos ?
Sometimes nothing, as it relates to the quality of the sound on the pressing. In almost all cases, however, it impacts the "value" of the LP from a condition/grading/value perspective.
For instance, a lot of the promo or radio station Lp's from the 60's, 70's and 80's are cutouts (cut corners, punched holes, sawmarks, etc). Record companies did this to make sure that the product wasn't returned by retailers for credit. Interestingly enough, there's a very stong chance that these "cutouts" from this era are from the earliest batch of pressings with early stampers
Unfortunately in the late 80's, and early 90's, when LP's where phased out at retail, most of the inventory was put through the same process, where the product was "cutout", usually with a sawmark.
Same thing holds true, where some of these cutouts can actually contain the first pressing of that title, depending upon the original date of release.
Hope this helps.
thanks that does help i see alot of promos on cds to
Good: If it's a new release dumped on a used CD store, you usually get it cheap.
Bad: The artist doesn't see a dime.
Also bad: the artwork is typically defaced (LP or CD), and this could affect its value and aesthetic appeal.
From my experience of working part-time at used record stores from the late '70's until 1990, I believe that promo LPs were first pressings. The reason for this opinion is that I know many local DJs, employees from local retail record stores, or record label reps would sell us new promo LPs sometimes several weeks before the LP was even released. This still goes on today, only with promo CDs, instead of LPs.
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