While the vast majority of orders finish early, we strongly urge you to plan by our more conservative published turnaround times listed below on this page — these turnaround times are updated as we receive new orders, and are always up-to-date. Any given order could encounter unforeseeable production issues and delays beyond the published turnarounds below, but over 95% of the orders we manufacture finish well within these published time frames.
CURRENT APPROXIMATE TURNAROUND TIMES
12″ standard weight – orders placed today will probably be on press early May, depending upon qty and color(s).
12″ 180 gram – orders placed today will probably be on press early May, depending upon qty.
7″ — orders placed today will probably be on press mid May, depending upon qty and color(s).
The estimates above 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. In most cases, orders ship within about a week of their press date, if not sooner. 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.
WHY DOES IT TAKE THIS LONG TO PRESS A RECORD?
Well, there are a ton of variables — it is true that demand is a very large part of what leads to turnaround time. However, the main reason we at GGR will very rarely quote anything less than 3 months time is connected to our obsession with quality — it just takes longer to make high quality records.
Perhaps the biggest factor that differentiates how we operate at GGR (and which has the largest effect on turnaround) is that we listen to every 25th record pressed – regardless of the order size. We frequently catch things that would otherwise have made it into the marketplace, and make necessary adjustments or changes (some of which can also cause delays, but are in the interest of producing the best records possible).
Our capacity allows us to press approximately 110,000-125,000 records per month — roughly 1-1.5 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 possible from both a sonic and aesthetic perspective at a fair price; and strive to provide industry-best customer service. We welcome communication at all times in the process, and are happy to keep you updated on the status of your record any time.
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. But, with the few exceptions mentioned below, we just do not have an ethical way to take extra money from certain customers, and move them ahead of others who may not have paid extra. The pressing machines really only work at one speed, so outside of bumping someone else out of the way, there just is no feasible way to “rush” a pressing.
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 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.
Other ways to “rush” an order:
Labels – Most labels are gang-run with other jobs. You can pay $100 extra to “rush print” your labels, which essentially means we are going to print just your labels by themselves, vs gang running them. This can sometimes speed up an order. Of course, production issues can still create delays in spite of paying this fee – we do not have a way to guarantee delivery dates.
Rush shipping – If you are just ordering the standard 5 copies of test pressings, you can pay extra for us to overnight ship the test pressings, as well as pay extra for overnight shipping metal parts between our various facilities around the country. Again, production issues can still create delays in spite of paying this extra fee – we do not have a way to guarantee delivery dates.
Please specify if you want any of these “rush” options in the notes section of the order form, when you first place your order.
THE BOTTOM LINE – HIGH QUALITY RECORD PRESSINGS TAKE TIME.