Endless Defective Brand New Vinyl

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by Talisman954, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. Nick Brook

    Nick Brook Forum Resident

    Yorkshire, UK.
    Being buying a few Dylan re issues recently .
    Returned 2 albums , one by GZ and one Optimol . The GZ had some dreadful clicks but other wise ok , the Optimal
    was rumbly fizzy rubbish , both were Dylan re issues .
    The Record Industries re issues have all been nigh on perfect , and surprisingly , to me anyway , a couple of GZ are really good . The Optimal ones that are ok , are only ok at best .
  2. murphywmm

    murphywmm Boycott Rainbo Records

    Not long ago, I decided to follow one rule: Do not purchase anything pressed by Rainbo Records. That joke of a pressing plant is simply incapable of pressing decent records; they can't even put them in the sleeves without scratching them! Since then, I've had fewer issues with defective records. My Amazon return rate has gone down exponentially.
  3. zphage

    zphage inappropriately touching the out of touch

    How do you know if they pressed it beforehand ?
  4. murphywmm

    murphywmm Boycott Rainbo Records

    Usually, I check discogs. There are also certain labels that I know from past experience - such as Domino USA and Polyvinyl. I avoid anything from those labels. Universal uses them a lot too, so I usually go for EU pressings of those unless I know the NA pressing was done elsewhere (funnily enough, you'll never see Universal have a Nirvana or Beck release pressed at Rainbo!)
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  5. Old Zorki II

    Old Zorki II Heavy Horses Operator

    Tampa, FL
    perhaps it will go against a theme of this thread, but a bit of good news.
    Just opened Unicorn "Laughing up your sleeve" (73-73 demos). they using what they claim RTI technology (dunno what it means) - but print is very good, sounds excellent, no scratches. Polylined inner. thick vinyl (dunno if it is 180 or 150 gr).
    May be it is actually sad news that brand new record which is not defective in any way is worth reporting ))).
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  6. Commander-cb

    Commander-cb New Member

    New vinyl from .. and it isnt even close.
    Fingerprints scratches. Chips. Dirt.
    I have never had any problem . Ever. Before.
  7. Commander-cb

    Commander-cb New Member

    It was Universal.
    They asked for a picture. Of the damage
    Sending another lp. One question asked.

    Many people get a second damaged disk....
  8. davidkeith

    davidkeith Forum Resident

    How did you get Universal to respond? And how did you find an email address? I've tried to contact them over the past year for a couple of releases that were bad and no luck.
  9. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    I don’t know if it’s just me, but I seem to have more issues with any Universal (UMG) release (which unfortunately covers a lot of labels) than anything else. Clearly they don’t care about this. Eventually I seem to find good copies, but that is why I try to by most new releases from Amazon. Makes returns easy.
  10. slop101

    slop101 Guitar Geek

    So. Cal.
    I just saw the worst pressing of a vinyl I've ever seen!

    It was White Stripe's Elephant, brand new from amazon, and holy wow, a dent, a bump, scratches, and numerous pock-marks ("pot-holes") throughout all four sides. Pathetic!
    I've never seen a new vinyl is such bad shape. How does this even happen?
  11. GentleSenator

    GentleSenator what if

    Aloha, OR
    i went through 3 copies of that with the same issues. pressed at united though, so we can't really expect anything different.
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  12. slop101

    slop101 Guitar Geek

    So. Cal.
    Yeah, I figured as much, which is why I opted for a refund instead of an exchange.

    With 3rd Man mastering/pressing going full bore recently and taking on more work, I wonder if they'll start pressing copies of WS vinyl there instead of United.
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  13. davidkeith

    davidkeith Forum Resident

    Here's a defect I've not seen before, and I've been buying records (with a "short" break during the 90s & 00s) since around 1969. Just picked up a copy of Raspberries "Pop Art Live" RSD17 3 LP set, very clean and quiet; probably only played once or twice and kept clean. The lead out groove on Side 3 caused the stylus to stick with a couple of loud pops each revolution. After checking the LP, I discovered one of the matrix/etc. numbers that were engraved in the deadwax were engraved over the lead out groove. Only 2 or 3 digits, and these were hand engraved. The rest of the set is fine.

    But, like I said, I've never come across this before.
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