Spinnin’ ‘round

Il mercato dei dischi in vinile è in piena espansione. Si stampano sempre più supporti, ma negli stessi impianti. Questo causa non solo degli evidenti problemi nei tempi di consegna, ma anche nello sfruttamento (e conseguente riparazione) dei costosissimi macchinari che stampano i dischi. Spiega a Mark Guarino del Washington Post Matt Early, titolare della pressing plant Gotta Groove Records di Cleveland:

The six presses that make his records at Gotta Groove Records in Cleveland are more than 40 years old, which means extra shifts and increased production is a recipe for potential disaster, especially when orders are lined up for months.

“It keeps me up at night,” he says. “My biggest worry is what is going to break when, not if it will break. Everything breaks.”

So Early prepares by budgeting heavily, which he says is just the reality of operating a record-pressing plant. His is one of only about a dozen or so left in the United States that face similar challenges. Despite the increased public demand for vinyl records, spanning mass reissue campaigns of premium-quality vinyl by classic bands such as Pink Floyd to small seven-inch runs by local bands to sell at gigs, press operators say that profit margins are narrowing because of the increasedcosts involved in locating, refurbishing, installing, operating, and ultimately repairing machines that are no longer made but are pushed harder and faster than they were in their heyday.

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