GZ Media Claims It Pressed Seven Million Records Last Year!

GZ Media, the Czech Republic digital and vinyl pressing plant that did such a great job pressing the Decca era Rolling Stones box set claims it pressed seven million records last year! Watch the AP video

Glotz's picture

Reassuring indeed.

 I wonder how they guarantee quality or how their track record is in regards to lp quality assurance.  

Those cheapy turntables in the video don't inspire confidence, but I guess I'm just leary about getting burned again with a crappy pressing/disreputable company.

Michael, is there a way to create a fast and quick label/plant database (on your website as a tab) in the menu section?  

Might be a nice addition, and create some consumer intelligence, at the possible (negative) expense of marking bad labels/plants.  I'll understand if it is ill-advised in this day and age where the vinyl economy requires every bit of help it can get.  

GeorgeZ's picture

For Glotz:

Sony PS 212 turntables used for listening tests in GZ's QC department are fair entry level DD turntables from late 70's. They simulate an average turntable with normal playback conditions. Their main purpose is to reveal manufacturing faults (cutting, plating, pressing), not to give the best possible sound. The automatic Teldec-Revox QC system uses modified tangential Revox B790 turntables and can be seen on some youtube GZ videos.

Further improvements are planned for next year - it will include new analysing software and hardware solutions and more QC operators. The predicted 10 million records pressed in GZ this year really needs additional investments in QC.

gubarenko's picture

I've received latest Elton's album that was pressed at Gz (basically in us they sell the same European edition by mercury), and though it finely cutted by Ron McMaster (as I understood from runout) the vinyl itself have clicks and pops and dirty, I'll wash it next week.

Michael Fremer's picture

How it cleans up. All new records should be cleaned before play. Pressing plants are hardly "clean rooms"!

Martin's picture

Always clean the records. Even new ones. There is mold release compound and other stuff that washing off usually gets the records playing - assuming the vinyl is good quality - practically silently. 

I've had people often ask "Why are there no pops or clicks or any of the usual noises?"
Answer "because the record has been thoroughly cleaned"

gubarenko's picture

I clean it with SpinClean so i listen them first.

And you know that you sould clean records from QRP, RTI or Record Industry before listening.

Glotz's picture

Thanks guys;  I think that's half the fight in buying new records. 

l5chambre's picture

That is an interesting vid. 80% of their production is from independent. The so-called vinyl trend is keeping them in business but audiophiles will always listen to vinyl; since 1890.

Michael Fremer's picture

Vinyl only appeared commercially in the late 1940s-early 1950s!

Paul Boudreau's picture

Actually I have no idea - I've got two cylinders but have never heard them.  Also a few of those wacky Edison Diamond Discs, which are "hill & dale," if I understand properly.  They do play and make sound on my Cecilian floor-standing player (from Chicago, sold by "Monkey Ward's," apparently).

Isn't it amazing that you still hear the words "wax a track" and "needle," all of which are at least sixty years out of date in the context of recorded-music reproduction?

Then there are the V-Discs from WWII, which seem to be the first appearance of some form of vinyl, as applied to music discs.

LogicAudio's picture

you can read Persian version of this article here.

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oscelm's picture

It's interesting to listen to the history of the recorded groove.  I own two Edison cylinder players and about 65 cylinders.  The true first 'linear trackers'.  Fascinating to watch as well as listen.  The oldest of these machines has a 'witches hat' external horn and dates from around 1905.  It still works VERY well.  Edison's first discs were tracked via 'hill and dale'.  I have a handful of them.  They're thicker than a dinner plate and weigh about a pound.  Sound is not so good.  Edison invented a lot of the technology, but was almost deaf, and really didn't have much taste in music or skill in the recording of it.  God bless him for the invention though!  By the time you get to the 1920s and the Victor 78s, the artists, music repertoire, and recording quality got a lot better.  Now listen on a VPI/Dynavector setup, and NEVER thought I would be buying new vinyl in the 2000s! I'm 52 years young by the way.  I just have always been enthralled by any gadget that makes music.