Our limited editions of Vinyl's are produced, pressed at one of the oldest pressing plants in Europe. Here is a bit of history of the vinyl.
A phonograph record (also known as a gramophone record, especially in British English), or merely a record, is an analog sound storage medium in the form of a flat disc with an inscribed, modulated spiral groove. At first, the discs were commonly made from shellac; starting in the 1940s polyvinyl chloride became common, hence the name vinyl. In the mid-2000s, gradually, records made of any material began to be called vinyl records or vinyl records.
The phonograph disc record was the primary medium used for music reproduction throughout the 20th century. It had co-existed with the phonograph cylinder from the late 1880s and had effectively superseded it by around 1912. Records retained the largest market share even when new formats such as the compact cassette were mass-marketed. By the 1980s, digital media had gained a larger market share in the compact disk, and the record left the mainstream in 1991. Since the 1990s, records continue to be manufactured and sold on a smaller scale, and during the 1990s and early 2000s, were commonly used by DJs, especially in dance music genres. They were also listened to by a growing number of audiophiles. The phonograph record has made a niche resurgence as a format for rock music in the early 21st century – 9.2 million records were sold in the US in 2014, a 260% increase since 2009. Likewise, sales in the UK increased five-fold from 2009 to 2014.
As of 2017, 48 record pressing facilities remain worldwide, 18 in the US, and 30 in other countries. The increased popularity of the record has led to investment in new and modern record-pressing machines. Very few master lacquers producing plants are left in the world.
Vinyl records are generally described by their diameter in inches (12-inch, 10-inch, 7-inch) (although they were designed in Millimeters, the rotational speed in revolutions per minute (rpm) at which they are played (8 1⁄3, 16 2⁄3, 33 1⁄3, 45, 78). Their time capacity, determined by their diameter and speed (LP [long playing], 12-inch disc, 33 1⁄3 rpm; SP [single], 10-inch disc, 78 rpm, or 7-inch disc, 45 rpm; EP [extended play], 12-inch disc or 7-inch disc, 33 1⁄3 or 45 rpm); their reproductive quality, or level of fidelity (high-fidelity, orthophonic, full-range, etc.); and the number of audio channels (mono, stereo, quad)
The phrase broken record refers to a malfunction whereby the needle skips/jumps back to the previous groove and plays the same section over and over again indefinitely.
The large cover (and inner sleeves) are valued by collectors and artists for the space given for visual expression, especially in the case of 12-inch vinyl's.