Based on my experience I would rate the top current pressing plants as follows: 1) Pallas - Germany (99% pristine, always has static issues, but I have found them to be the best in terms of quiet surfaces and pristine, flat, unmarked vinyl - based on a sample size of 300+ titles) 2) QRP - USA (around 95% pristine, no static issues, some marks on the vinyl but generally not affecting play, some problems with non flat vinyl - based on a sample size of 200+ titles) 3) Optimal - Germany (around 95% pristine, again some static issues and some marks on the vinyl, always flat, based on a sample size of 50+ titles) 4) RTI - USA (around 90% pristine, not sure what happened at RTI - for years they would have been number 1, but in the past few years, I have had more problems. Especially with noisy, marked vinyl, admittedly this doesn't always affect play. They do seem to do a good job in most cases with MFSL and Music Matters though, based on a sample size of 500+ titles) 5) Record Industry - Netherlands (again around 90% pristine, but slightly more warps and noisy vinyl than either RTI or Optimal, based on a sample size of 50+ titles) Of course there are other pressing plants around, Rainbo, GZ etc. and sometimes they do good work but more often they don't. A couple of disclaimers, I have been a vinyl buyer and lover for over 30 years and never fully went away from buying them. I say this because my tolerance for slight ticks and pops is maybe much higher than some of my friends who have come from digital to vinyl - no prejudice just a comment. I also note that in this forum we seem to get a lot of comments about returning unplayable vinyl and whilst I think a lot of this is down to those that are happy with their titles not commenting, which is why it seems high, I have been very lucky with quality and have had to return very few, certainly less than 1%. I will say that a well maintained and set up system often means less issues with the software. Again no criticism intended, just my thoughts on the matter. What does anyone else think?