I am a lifelong collector of vinyl records and an audiophile with a keen interest in the specialist high end audio sector. I am a perfectionist. Retired Lawyer, now providing a complete Vinyl Record Professional Cleaning Service in the city of Cork in Southern Ireland and worldwide. We use the Klaudio KD-CLN-LP200 Ultrasonic Record Cleaning Machine and VPI RCMs for wet cleaning. We plan to add a Degritter Ultrasonic RCM in the near future. We do not use alcohol in any of our cleaning formulations and rely on enzyme based cleaning agents to ensure absolute protection for both our own and our customers' valued and precious vinyl records. Any collector/audiophile who has not heard the benefits of Ultrasonic Cleaning of Vinyl Records should change that ... without delay! It is absolutely astounding, if not jaw dropping, on well cared for records (M/M-/EX/VG etc.)! I also provide a flattening service for warped vinyl records. I am so encouraged by the positive feedback I receive from customers who have had records cleaned by Vinyl LP Care - www.vinyllpcare.com - and flattened on our array of Japanese Disc Flatteners. I have many satisfied customers worldwide.
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The Delines - The Sea Drift
posted a comment on The Delines - The Sea Drift. 3 months ago
Sorry for the late reply. Yes, the track 'Hold Me Slow' is missing on my copy. The first track on Side 2 is 'Surfers in Twilight'.
The Delines - The Sea Drift
posted a comment on The Delines - The Sea Drift. 3 months ago
I contacted the Decor Records Office in the U.K. and received a very prompt reply from their representative. He was surprised at what I had to say but he was very receptive. The pressing plant that was used was a U.K. outfit that I have never heard... See full review
Dean Wareham - I Have Nothing To Say To The Mayor Of L.A.
posted a comment on Dean Wareham - I Have Nothing To Say To The Mayor Of L.A.. 7 months ago
Do you know who pressed the vinyl, I wonder? He usually uses Gotta Groove and they are consistently good, at least in my experience. I think I will have to contact somebody to find out, before I buy this. It would be a travesty if it was pressed by... See full review
Planxty - Planxty
posted a comment on Planxty - Planxty. 9 months ago
In my experience the original German Polydor pressing is the one to look for, pressed by Deutsche Grammophon. It is beautifully pressed and is a very high quality record in M-/NM condition. There are copies available in Germany and they come up for... See full review
Khruangbin - Mordechai
posted a comment on Khruangbin - Mordechai. 9 months ago
The first time I heard 'Texas Sun', I wanted to buy it. However, when I checked on the vinyl quality it was the exact same as what appears here. I can't understand why nobody has been able to identify (expose?) the pressing plant that tried to press... See full review
Son Volt - Electro Melodier
posted a comment on Son Volt - Electro Melodier. 9 months ago
Not pressed by Gotta Groove Records, unfortunately. Don't know where they went for this one so it is too much of a risk for me to buy it without that information.
Jackson Browne - Looking East
posted a comment on Jackson Browne - Looking East. 10 months ago
'Looking East' has never been available on vinyl so the information on the website must be incorrect? Was it up for pre-order, maybe? Jackson has a reissue programme in train but so far only 'Late For the Sky' and 'Running On Empty' have been... See full review
Jackson Browne - Downhill From Everywhere
posted a comment on Jackson Browne - Downhill From Everywhere. 10 months ago
Yes, I agree 100%. I picked it up today in Ireland. I’ve just finished listening to it. Superb pressing! It appears to have been done at Pallas In Germany. I see 56537 (?) in the dead wax and P.USA is also there. This is the way all records should... See full review
Lucinda Williams - Southern Soul (From Memphis To Muscle Shoals & More)
posted a comment on Lucinda Williams - Southern Soul (From Memphis To Muscle Shoals & More). 10 months ago
Any information on the pressing plant for this one? Thirty Tigers uses Gotta Groove in Cleveland, quite a lot. I wouldn't buy unless I knew it was pressed at GG or a plant with similar high QC values. There aren't too many around like that.
Son Volt - Electro Melodier
posted a comment on Son Volt - Electro Melodier. 10 months ago
Is there a black vinyl release for this one, I wonder?
Grateful Dead* - Grateful Dead
posted a comment on Grateful Dead* - Grateful Dead. 10 months ago
I agree, it is very disheartening. Even good plants like Record Industry and Pallas are not immune to ‘non fill’ either. The cause is rushing projects, cutting corners and making mistakes along the way. I’m strongly considering taking a ‘holiday’ from... See full review
Grateful Dead* - Grateful Dead
posted a comment on Grateful Dead* - Grateful Dead. 10 months ago
My copy has ‘non fill’ on Record 2 Side 3 especially audible on ‘Me And Bobby McGee’ but also present on tracks 1 and 2 on the same side. This is a €40 record. ‘Non Fill’ on Optimal Media Vinyl is not an isolated defect although I had thought that... See full review
Jackson Browne - Downhill From Everywhere
posted a comment on Jackson Browne - Downhill From Everywhere. 10 months ago
Can anybody comment on the pressing quality of the vinyl release? Nine people are shown to own it so hopefully somebody will be able to comment. Secondly, can anybody confirm who pressed the vinyl for this release?
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Bobbie Gentry - The Windows Of The World
posted a comment on Bobbie Gentry - The Windows Of The World. 10 months ago
Seeing as it is a GZ Media pressing, how is the quality? Wouldn't mind buying this but for the nagging doubts over its provenance .. as to pressing plant that is.
Grateful Dead* - Grateful Dead
posted a comment on Grateful Dead* - Grateful Dead. 10 months ago
I’ll hopefully pick it up on Friday when it is officially released in Ireland.
Grateful Dead* - Grateful Dead
posted a comment on Grateful Dead* - Grateful Dead. 11 months ago
Although this has yet to be 'officially' released, can anybody comment on the sound quality of this 2021 reissue? Is it better that previous vinyl issues or reissues as the case my be? My only reference here is a mid 1990s U.S. Compact Disc 1935-2... See full review
Grateful Dead* - Olympia Theatre, Paris, France (5/3/72)
posted a comment on Grateful Dead* - Olympia Theatre, Paris, France (5/3/72). 11 months ago
Just to add to my previous rant, the noise on Record One Side One is indeed caused by surface damage in the way of small scratches across the track. This was obviously caused by the packaging. To be fair to Optimal, the records look very well pressed... See full review
Grateful Dead* - Olympia Theatre, Paris, France (5/3/72)
posted a comment on Grateful Dead* - Olympia Theatre, Paris, France (5/3/72). 11 months ago
It beggars belief that an expensive box set like this has the records packed in harsh card inner sleeves?? The people who make these decisions are absolute morons and have no appreciation or understanding of the damage these abominable sleeves cause... See full review
Jackson Browne - Late For The Sky
posted a comment on Jackson Browne - Late For The Sky. 11 months ago
I bought another copy and that one is well pressed and corresponds to what you describe in your post. Glad I persevered. I still have the ‘dud’ copy and must try to offload it.
Jackson Browne - Late For The Sky
posted a comment on Jackson Browne - Late For The Sky. 11 months ago
I have the P-10355Y pressing which is a reissue. It’s good but I wonder how it compares with P-8527Y which is the original Japan issue. I read somewhere that the first U.S. pressing sounds wonderful but Elektra/Asylum U.S. vinyl of the era wasn’t... See full review
Steely Dan - Two Against Nature
posted a comment on Steely Dan - Two Against Nature. 11 months ago
This is a superb release and the sound quality is exceptionally good. I compared it to my DVD-A of the same title and the vinyl wins out sounding fatter/fuller in every respect. The DVD-A, while still very good, sounds a lot 'leaner', but that is... See full review
k.d. lang - Makeover
posted a comment on k.d. lang - Makeover. 11 months ago
Has anybody found these discs to be badly off centre? On my copy my stylus moves more than 0.25 inches on rotation, in and out! I can usually fix this problem myself without any great problem but this one has me baffled. There just isn't any way to... See full review
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Angel Dream (Songs And Music From The Motion Picture
posted a comment on Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Angel Dream (Songs And Music From The Motion Picture "She's The One"). 11 months ago
I don't know how anybody else feels but it is a worrying trend for me that Rhino/Warner and its associated labels are now sending work to GZ Media and its 'offshoots' like the Canadian plant involved here, Precision Record Pressing. Up to now, it has... See full review
John Prine - The Asylum Albums
posted a comment on John Prine - The Asylum Albums. about 1 year ago
Why not contact Rhino in the U.S. about this? If you’re located elsewhere get in touch with the local Warner/Rhino distributor.
I have done this in relation to one of the discs in my Neil Young with Crazy Horse ‘Way Down In The Rust Bucket’ due to... See full review
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Street Survivors
posted a review of Lynyrd Skynyrd - Street Survivors. about 1 year ago
An outstanding reissue released in or around 2004 by Universal Music’s German arm. The sound is quite simply out of this world! While I have never heard an original U.S. first pressing, I would find it hard to believe that it could be better than... See full review
Neil Young With Crazy Horse - Way Down In The Rust Bucket
posted a comment on Neil Young With Crazy Horse - Way Down In The Rust Bucket. about 1 year ago
Did anybody have ‘non fill’ on Record 4 Side 8? The tracks affected on my set are ‘Love And Only Love’ and ‘Cortez the Killer’. The rest of the records are absolutely fine. I’d be quite happy to exchange my ‘dud’ Record 4 for a good copy without going... See full review
Lucinda Williams - Runnin' Down A Dream (A Tribute To Tom Petty)
posted a comment on Lucinda Williams - Runnin' Down A Dream (A Tribute To Tom Petty). about 1 year ago
Does anybody know who pressed the vinyl? Thirty Tigers uses Gotta Groove Records in Cleveland, OH, quite a bit. Given the comments, it seems obvious that GGR wasn't involved in this one. Thirty Tigers also sends work to MPO in France and that could... See full review
Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions)
posted a comment on Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions). about 1 year ago
Have you any idea who pressed the vinyl? It sounds as if it was one of the 'bad' plants? I wonder if there is or will be a European pressing.
Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Kate & Anna McGarrigle
posted a comment on Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Kate & Anna McGarrigle. about 1 year ago
Nothing really. I believe the original U.S. sounds very good. It may have been pressed by Capitol in the U.S. and that gives me pause. It would be great if Speakers Corner did a quality reissue but I don't think it will ever happen. Anticipated... See full review
Townes Van Zandt - Delta Momma Blues
posted a comment on Townes Van Zandt - Delta Momma Blues. about 1 year ago
My experience also. I would love if a quality outfit like Charly could do this on vinyl. At least they (Charly) would have the nous to send it to a decent pressing plant. I see that it is a Memphis Record Pressing (MRP) pressed disc. That explains... See full review
Taste (2) - On The Boards
posted a review of Taste (2) - On The Boards. about 1 year ago
I was lucky to pick up a Mint unplayed copy of this record in Munich in 2013. As far as I can determinate, it is the first Germany issue. Fortunately, the Music on Vinyl reissue which I had thought about buying earlier in the day had been out of... See full review
Lynyrd Skynyrd - (Pronounced 'L?h-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)
posted a review of Lynyrd Skynyrd - (Pronounced 'L?h-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd). about 1 year ago
I would have to agree with the consensus here. Mobile did a great job with this one. The sound is excellent and the bottom end is well fleshed out. RTI's pressing is also especially good.
John Anderson (3) - Years
posted a comment on John Anderson (3) - Years. about 1 year ago
Judging by the Matrix information this seems to be a GZ Vinyl pressing. Apart from a slight warp on my copy, which is now fixed, it was otherwise flawless. Glad to see that the record came in a nice polylined inner sleeve. The record was perfectly... See full review
Larry Rice - Mr. Poverty
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The Dirty Knobs - Wreckless Abandon
posted a review of The Dirty Knobs - Wreckless Abandon. about 1 year ago
I eventually got a copy of this record! My dealer had 'mislaid' the copy he thought he had but somehow concluded that he must have sold it even though all sales all recorded on his IT System. Never mind, he found it just before Christmas misfiled... See full review
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Bill Frisell - Nashville
posted a comment on Bill Frisell - Nashville. about 1 year ago
On my copy of this release, there is a 'smudge' like mark on the final track on Side One of Record 1. It looks like a graze of some sort that you can sometimes find when the metal parts/stampers have not been 'de-horned'. These types of marks... See full review
Steve Earle & The Dukes - Guy
posted a comment on Steve Earle & The Dukes - Guy. about 1 year ago
Plus they use URP in Nashville! Two good reasons to avoid New West product.
Steve Earle & The Dukes - Ghosts Of West Virginia
posted a comment on Steve Earle & The Dukes - Ghosts Of West Virginia. about 1 year ago
Although I don't know for sure, it is very likely that this was pressed at United Record Pressing in Nashville. I got off 'the Steve Earle vinyl train' with 2015's 'Terraplane' also on New West and pressed at URP. I wont listen to or waste money on... See full review
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The Doors - L.A. Woman
posted a comment on The Doors - L.A. Woman. about 1 year ago
Interestingly, when this German reissue was released the U.K.‘s HiFi Plus magazine in a review stated that it was every bit as good as the DCC vinyl from 1998 mastered by Steve Hoffman. On that endorsement, by a serious audio publication, I went ahead... See full review
Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
posted a comment on Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest. about 1 year ago
I am in the same situation as you. My copy arrived on December 23rd 2017 from JPC. My copy is a poor pressing with ticks and pops in places. Cleaning, both wet and ultrasonic, did not remove these defects. What annoys me is the 'hype' around... See full review
Lou Reed - Live At Alice Tully Hall (January 27, 1973 - 2nd Show)
posted a comment on Lou Reed - Live At Alice Tully Hall (January 27, 1973 - 2nd Show). about 1 year ago
When I saw ‘Made in France’, MPO immediately came to mind. Your defective copy appears to suffer from ‘non fill’. MPO used to be wonderful in the 1980s, 90s and beyond. Since 2015 QC has gone down the toilet at the French plant. I have read of... See full review
Ryan Bingham - American Love Song
posted a comment on Ryan Bingham - American Love Song. about 1 year ago
You should exchange it, if you still can. I had two copies and both had records that were not flat. These were easily fixed with one cycle on my Japanese Disc Flattening device. It is the shrink wrapping undoubtedly that caused it. After wet... See full review
The Dirty Knobs - Wreckless Abandon
posted a comment on The Dirty Knobs - Wreckless Abandon. about 1 year ago
How is the pressing quality on this release? I note that Pallas Gmbh is recorded as the pressing plant but P-USA and possibly Furnace's (U.S.A.) involvement does not fill me with confidence. I have read too that some people who have bought the vinyl... See full review
Los Lobos - Tin Can Trust
posted a comment on Los Lobos - Tin Can Trust. about 1 year ago
Does anybody know who pressed the European 'Tin Can Trust' 2LP set? It's a very good pressing, flat and perfectly centred on all 4 sides. I bought my copy in Munich, Germany in 2010. It has always intrigued me to know who pressed the vinyl. The... See full review
John Prine - Prime Prine - The Best Of John Prine
posted a comment on John Prine - Prime Prine - The Best Of John Prine. about 1 year ago
This is a welcome reissue of the Prine's 1976 'Best of' Collection. The sound quality is very good and the pressing is a good one too, from Optimal in this case, I believe. Side 2 on my sample was 'off centre' but it was very easily fixed. It arose... See full review
Gram Parsons - GP
posted a comment on Gram Parsons - GP. about 1 year ago
The original U.K. pressing from way back has the same issues. ‘We’ll Sweep Out the Ashes in the Morning’ is one of the tracks affected. It always puzzled me over the (many) years I’ve owned this album. It’s on the source tape so there is isn’t a whole... See full review