One stop was , one of just three companies in the United States that still make a meaningful number of vinyl LPs. Surprisingly in this digital era, records are on the upswing. This is largely because the emergence of MP3s has led some audiophiles to conclude that vinyl offers a more pleasurable home-listening experience.
Pictured is what is known as a stamper, the fourth step in the process of making an LP. The process begins with the original recording, which is used to make the master recording, which unlike a record, has ridges instead of grooves. Then, the master is used to make the "mother," a metal version of the record that can actually be played. The stamper is made from the mother, and it too has ridges. All vinyl records are made by pressing the stamper down onto hot vinyl.
June 26, 2008 10:11 AM PDT
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