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Are there any good vinyl labels still pressing records (ones who don't use a CD as their source)?

I just tried an album from Back On Black (Holy Diver by Dio, if you're curious), and even my girlfriend noticed the difference; and she's the type of person who's perfectly happy with a 192kbps MP3.
Edited by Manyak - 7/31/11 at 6:15pm
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Some smaller indie labels were still pressing vinyl a few years back (I saw quite a few smaller punk labels doing it). You would be best off checking at a local small record shop if you have one in the area.
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Originally Posted by bllarkin View Post
Some smaller indie labels were still pressing vinyl a few years back (I saw quite a few smaller punk labels doing it). You would be best off checking at a local small record shop if you have one in the area.
There are still many labels pressing vinyl, it's just that they seem to be a crapshoot at best. There's no point to buying vinyl if it's just going to be a CD rip :/
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well, tbh, it's not the format that matters, but the mastering. Vinyls typically have higher dynamic range in the track, not because of the format. Vinyl as a format is well, outdated and has a number of problems.

I'd rather buy either original pressings of older tracks / albums or proper remasters like Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs or DCC remasters (there are many 'on the Internet').

But if you want vinyl, yeah, second hand vinyl / CD shops are heavily underrated.
post #5 of 11
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Well yeah that's the problem I'm having, as I'm too scared to buy any new masterings at this point. I've already got a ton of second hand vinyl, I was just curious if there were any good new ones.

But thanks, mofi and DCC seem to be what I'm looking for
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If they are independent artists, I would actually contact them or their recording company. They will know if they've issued any vinyls / special editions etc...

That and http://www.discogs.com <--- Music release database for almost every artist you can imagine. The Wikipedia of sorts for it.
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Check out exclusivedisc for a good selection of records. Stereophile has recommendations every month.
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Thanks

I actually managed to find a really good record store yesterday too, with a great policy - if I don't like the sound of a record for whatever reason, whether it's the mastering or condition or the music that's on it, I can return it for full credit. They had a lot of good stuff too, including a NM original master pressing of Dark Side of the Moon that I picked up
Edited by Manyak - 8/2/11 at 8:08am
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I've heard good things about this place: http://www.soundstagedirect.com/

They may have what you are looking for.
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I'm not looking for stores though, I'm looking for labels. Like, every store has this record, but what they don't tell you is that it's from the "Back On Black" label, which uses CDs as their masters. No point in buying a record that's just a copy of a CD
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