What makes this particular cutting lathe special is it’s ability to adjust for width and depth of the groove like the final Neumann VMS80/82 systems built in the early 1980’s, but with the enormous and gorgeous sounding Westrex 3DII (or Haeco) cutting head. It’s completely custom, we built it (with help!) from the ground up and completed it in 2017.This system is as good or better than any lacquer mastering system in use today.
There are 5 setups in the world for this kind of “floating” Westrex cutting head, all were custom made for A&M Records in the late 1970’s: two are at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Los Angeles, one is in Europe, one is at the shop that maintains our cutting heads, and one is here at Independent Mastering. Wonderfully tight in the low-end, silky smooth up top and clear as bell. Simply put: it sounds beautiful.
|Recommended Maximum Recording Times for Vinyl LP & Single Records :|
|12″ – 33.3 RPM:||12″ – 45 RPM:|
|22 minutes per side||14 minutes per side|
|10″ – 33.3 RPM||10″ – 45 RPM:|
|13 minutes per side||10 minutes per side|
|7″ – 33.3 RPM:||7″ – 45 RPM:|
|7 minutes per side||5 minutes per side|
Featuring a fully restored, custom Scully Mastering Lathe
Lacquer Master Prices
|12″ Vinyl Mastering||$495 – 33.3 or 45 RPM|
|22 minutes per side / 33.3 RPM||14 minutes per side / 45 RPM|
|10″ Vinyl Mastering||$495 – 33.3 or 45 RPM:|
|13 minutes per side / 33.3 RPM||10 minutes per side / 45 RPM|
|7″ Vinyl Mastering||$250 – 33.3 or 45 RPM|
|7 minutes per side / 33.3 RPM||5 minutes per side / 45 RPM|
Reference Disks / Dub Plates
- 12″ $150/ea.
- 10″ $150/ea.
- 7″ $95 /ea.