Most orders ship within about a week or two of test pressing approval. This assumes that all art files and other approvals are submitted within the recommended time frames you receive when you place your order.
The turnaround estimates below are start-to-finish, from the point in time that you place your order (and submit audio tapes or high resolution files and art files) to the point in time your final commercial copies go on press. There are a lot of order-dependent variables that can affect these timelines (for example, supplying lacquers from a third party; ordering ultra-specialized print items such as custom diecuts, Tip-On LP jackets, foil stamping — these can sometimes either speed up or slow down turnaround). Shipping time frames can also be affected by special assembly instructions and the number of shipping addresses.
95% of the orders we manufacture finish well within the estimated time frames below – most finish significantly faster. However, since there are potential unforeseeable issues that can happen in manufacturing, we do recommend planning by the more conservative time frames provided below.
CURRENT APPROXIMATE TURNAROUND TIMES
12″ standard weight – orders placed today will likely be on press around early March, depending upon qty and color(s).
12″ 180 gram – orders placed today will likely be on press around late March, depending upon qty and color(s).
7″ — orders placed today will likely be on press around early/mid March, depending upon qty and color(s).
Lacquer Engineers – Please do not ship any lacquers for delivery 12/20 – 1/2/19 due to plating holiday closures.
Can I pay extra to rush my order? We get this question all of the time, and we totally understand why it is asked – in the 21st century, you can pay extra to rush just about everything. Well, without cutting corners, it is very difficult (if not impossible) to “rush” the manufacturing of vinyl records.
The number one thing you can do to move your job along is to submit all of your files up front, immediately upon placing your order, and in the right format (i.e., audio professionally mastered for vinyl by someone who regularly masters specifically for vinyl for a living; art professionally prepared with our templates and following the specs of our Art Guide). Then, stay on top of approvals. These two things can be the biggest factors in moving your order to the finish line ahead of schedule. 95% of the orders we manufacture do finish ahead of schedule when these instructions are followed.
Rush shipping – Again, production issues can still create delays in spite of paying for rush shipping of test pressings and other order materials – we do not have a way to guarantee delivery dates. But, rush shipping can sometimes help when you are in a pinch.
THE BOTTOM LINE – HIGH QUALITY RECORD PRESSINGS TAKE TIME.
You just can’t rush quality control – we certainly could ship a lot more records every day if we did not have our quality control protocols in place. However, our view is that the longevity of the vinyl format is directly dependent upon the quality of records entering the marketplace.
Also, turnaround is a topic that can often be misunderstood. If you are shopping around for the fastest turnaround, be sure you ask the right questions — how is the turnaround being calculated? Is it from when the pressing plant has your test pressing approval? If so, that can be a little misleading, because there is always a lead time in getting your lacquers cut and plated before test pressings can be made. The turnaround estimates we provide above try to factor those pre-pressing stage items in, as well as add a little cushion time in case of unforeseeable issues. Nobody likes a firedrill, or a release show without records in hand. So, we encourage you to plan a little extra time like we try to do with the estimates above.
Of course, we welcome you to contact us to discuss the specifics of your project. Email us at [email protected] or call us at (800) 295-0171.