Our capacity allows us to press approximately 80,000-110,000 records per month — roughly 1 million records per year (varies a bit depending upon mix of orders, how machines are running, vinyl colors, and even the weather [big factor in the summer]).
While this capacity does not permit us to have the fastest turnarounds of any vinyl pressing plant, from day one, Gotta Groove’s mission has been to produce the highest quality vinyl records from both a sonic and aesthetic perspective at a fair price; and strive to provide industry-best customer service. While many orders can finish in less than 6-8 weeks, we urge you to plan conservatively based upon the dates listed below — The turnaround estimates listed below are updated as new orders are placed, and are always up-to-date.
CURRENT APPROXIMATE TURNAROUND TIMES
The estimates below are start-to-finish from when you place your order, assuming that you send us all of your audio/art files when you place your order, and you approve items sent to you for review within 2 business days of receipt.
12″ standard weight – orders placed today will probably be on press late December depending upon qty and color(s). *
12″ 180 gram – orders placed today will probably be on press late December depending upon qty and color(s). *
7″ — orders placed today will probably be on press early January depending upon qty and color(s). *
* All dates listed on this page are approximate — If you are trying to plan a specific release date and/or event, please discuss with us before committing to any date, in spite of any other information posted on this page. Generally speaking, 12″ record orders of 500 units or more tend to finish up sooner than the published turnaround, because 500 unit qty’s are easier to schedule than smaller unit quantities, and we have much more capacity to press 12″ records than 7″ records. But, as much as we would like to say otherwise, production issues which are beyond human control do occur in vinyl manufacturing. While these issues tend to delay less than 10% of all of the orders we process, when they happen, they can cause delays beyond original turnaround estimates. We will do our best to keep you apprised of any such issues, and suggest alternatives when possible.
THE BOTTOM LINE – HIGH QUALITY RECORD PRESSINGS TAKE TIME:
Every step in our approach to making records takes extra time.
When we are cutting your lacquers (assuming you are ordering test cuts and/or reference acetates), we don’t just take a blanket approach and cut your masters blindly. Each master requires its own specific approach, and this takes more time than just cutting without listening. This limits the number of records we can cut each day, but also ensures that our customers’ projects are receiving the attention they deserve.
Records we plate in-house are processed using a combination of proprietary materials and procedures. Our silver solution is our own unique recipe that is mixed in-house, instead of purchased pre-mixed. We plate every lacquer at a much lower amperage than most industry professionals. This means masters/mothers/stampers take longer to create, but are truer to the frequency response of the original lacquer cut than faster-speed plating can reproduce.
Before shipping test pressings to customers, each test is reviewed on more than one turntable. Any imperfections are further inspected by our Quality Control Manager. In many cases, we make the decision to not ship test pressings and to further troubleshoot issues before the test pressings get into the customer’s hands. When required, we absorb the additional costs of remaking parts to correct test pressing issues. While this can add weeks to the time it takes to ship test pressings, it also maintains our 99% test pressing approval rating by correcting most issues before they can reach our customers’ turntables.
When your final order is being pressed, we have one quality control employee per every two pressing machines listening to approximately every 25th record off the press during every shift. Notes are kept and pressing adjustments made, as necessary. We are the only pressing plant in the United States with this sort of strict quality control procedure. This certainly does increase the amount of time necessary to manufacture records, but it has proven effective in shipping the highest quality records that can possibly be manufactured.
We like to refer to our records as “vinyl perfect” — we are always striving for perfection in an imperfect medium, shipping records that are the best that they can sound/look given each project’s unique characteristics. We just can’t rush this sort of approach.
2016 GGR Planned Closures:
November 27-28 (Thanksgiving)
December 23-26 (Christmas)
December 30-Jan 1 (New Years)