Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Introduce yourself! Recommended for people who are just starting out, as opposed to experienced lathe cutters who are new members.

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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby Ritter » Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:01 pm

Hi all,

I've been lurking here a while and have finally decided it's time to build my own lathe and cutterhead, and of course introduce myself. I don't have any personal experience in the lathe space, and have never seen any vintage equipment in person. However, I do have plenty of vinyl and record experience, including the rebuild and plinthing of my two turntables (a Lenco L75 PTP4 and an Garrard 301).

I think it's great that this forum exists, and I'm amazed at the amount of information that can be found here (if you dig deep enough). There are some beautiful examples here and I'm very impressed at the results people are having.

Cheers and happy new year!
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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby woodrat123 » Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:52 pm

Steve E. wrote:Let's try this out....If you are just saying hello, introducing yourself, and are new to record cutting, but don't have your questions formulated yet, say hi in this thread. Hi there!
Imagehey I'm cutting on the flip side of old cd one side audio one side cd. Really really enjoying this hobby thanks for this secret society lathe trolls great resource LOVE IT!! Bit embarrassed how tatty mine looks but I'm going to make some improvement the work I'm seeing is really nice on here.

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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby Fabougino » Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:08 am


I would like to learn more on the lathe cutting process and ask some questions.

With a friend we are already in DIY music scene ( noise, punk, etc ) and buys many LP from European distro.

We would like to lathe cut our music and from some local band as well.

We checked the german vinylrecorder ( we live close to germany) and we would to go there directly the product id it's possible.

Also I would like to ask some question about rek-o-kut arm later on the forum,



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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby nomad » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:48 pm


I'm Jake. I'm in Portland Oregon. I have a BA degree in Audio Engineering. I work full-tiem as a sound designer and engineer for musical theater and I work the occasoinal freelance gig as well. In high school and college I worked in record shops and fell in love with vinyl. I run my own DIY small independent record lable (usually release cassettes and sometimes records). I'd love to learn the art of cutting my own records, buy my own equipment and create records for my label and other bands full-time!

Glad to be here and looking forward to learning a lot and possibly meeting new people! If anyone here is in Portland OR, you should reachout!


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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby One_LP_a_day » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:34 pm

Hello There,

thanx a lot for accepting my request. I'm here to learn as much as possible about cutting lathes in order to be able to start a micro label project and buy some equipment this year.
Been reading all the posts for a while, now i feel like i'm ready to ask for infos . :D
Thanx in advance

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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby carldacorte » Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:33 am

Hi everyone!

My name is Carl. My brother and I own a full service vintage recording studio near a Chicago called Custom Recording Co. (facebook.com/customrecordingco)

We recently made the jump into disc cutting. Last Fall we purchase a Rek-O-Kut Challenger from eBay. It was sold to us as restored, but had several issues upon arriving (not the least of which that it was packaged improperly and the overhead broke from its mount and took out a stylus, cutting head, power cable, fuse holder, etc...)

Long story short, I'm finally getting around to repairing the damage and learning how to use it! I've learned a lot from this website already!

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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby fredyxtc » Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:35 pm

Hi fellows I am from Brazil and our label (small) work with the incredible Souri‘s machine. A big Adventure. I am here to share my experience in Aulendorf - Germany and the evolution with his creation. Still learning... 1 year with the VR.
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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby Lupine Assassin » Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:11 pm

Hello, everyone! Glad to be here. :D
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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby Renaud » Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:29 pm

Hi all,

New user on the forum and new owner of a T560 :)
Here to find help and to share experience.
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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby Soulbear » Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:10 pm

Hi Renaud,
And welcome to the Forum,
Renaud wrote:Here to find help and to share experience.

There are quite a few active members (And the occasional Moderator too, Te He! :D ) using Herr Ulrich Sourisseau's T560, so I reckon you've come to the right place to get any help you may need,
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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby Abformal » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:21 am

Hi to everyone! My name is Alessandro, i'm a musician and industrial designer from Italy,
I'm glad to be here and hope to learn enough to build my own DIY cutter...
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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby mrlogikal » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:53 am

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Hello ___ (Fellow "Lathe Trolls"?)

I am not too sure what the members of this board call themselves, but I have actually been visiting here on and off since early 2016. I am socially awkward for the most part and have 3 posts before this, but I digress.

I have been involved in the music business for almost 20 years now, but not in the manufacturing/cutting/pressing aspect, but as an independent Hip Hop artist. As an independent artist, I have had a lot of experience with the costs/resources/products involved in the business. From, Personally trying to make a professional looking product at home to Paying the outragous prices that some of these greedy scumbags, so comfortably charge for their services. I get it, it takes time and more than often a seasoned-skilled individual to get the best product, but I don't think some of these people understand the position they put artists in, when they charge what they do for something like, lets say a... Record.

Since the mid 90's, I have had a desire, above anything else, to release my music on vinyl. I didn't care if it was a bunch of 7" or 12" singles, E.P.'s or LP's or all of the above. In this genre, the "record" is a comodity above almost everything. My problem was and still is the price of releasing my music in this format. If I want to do it without being signed to a label, it's going to cost me more to have my albums or singles manufactured, than I would ever make off them. the 12" vinyl record is a staple in the Hip Hop community. Not the 7" or 10", but if you have ever tried going through ANY company to put your own music on a 12", you already know that its not cost effective. Vinyl Press or Vinyl Lathe Cut. In fact, as an artist, you need to be able to give away a lot of product to DJ's, Radio Stations, Clubs, Venues, Fans, etc. The whole time feeling each and every record you give away. So I thought to myself, why not see what it takes to do it yourself and in the process, provide a service that your local scene needs access to so desperately?

I have been on this journey (sometimes a nightmare) for just under a year now and am reaching a point where "discouraged" would be pretty much taking it lightly, but I refuse to give up or let myself and anyone I ever told about this endevor, down. I have spent thousands on home cutters (Recordio's, Recordette's, Masco's, Etc) and never getting one that works or functions anywhere close to the way it was advertised. I live in Colorado Springs, CO & I have never met or talked to anyone personally that knows anything about these amazing machines. I have talked to plenty of people that want lots of money from me and not one of them has made me feel I wasn't about to get swindled completely. I am still in the learning process now and havent cut a a single record yet myself. I thought it would be better if I got to know everything I could about how to operate before even a trial run and honestly, with the one cutter I have that works, I don't want to do something to it that it might not be ready for. I do have my cutter on Ebay right now, reluctantly I might add, because I have fallen on hard times financially as well as making an effort to put together enough money for one of the few 7" cutters i've had my mind set on (Atom Vanrock, Hara M180), when or if one becomes available again.

My name is Granvil Porter Bailey X, people have called me "Saint" on the streets my whole life. I used to write, produce, record and perform under the name "Judge Doom" but recently have had to change it and now go by "N.V.One". I have a MASCO RK-5 that's in amazing shape and I have a passion for Vinyl Records, both on and off them. I am a work in progress and am ready to learn as much as humanly possible as well as use that knowelege to provide a record cutting service to the local music scene here in Southern Colorado. I could use all the help I can get and whatever wisdom there is available to me from the experienced cutters on and off this board. Thanks for your time!
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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby gmrgtrs » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:43 am


I'm new to these boards and am saying "Hi"

I'm a dabbler in electronics, with no formal training, and still lots to learn. A long term project I'm hoping to get off the ground in the near future is the restoration of a friend's Presto 900A3 preamp in need of a power supply. I joined these forums in the hopes of maybe finding people with some experience with these units, but I'm interested to peruse and learn more about record cutting in general!
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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby Tremdall » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:35 am

just a quick hello from this newest member...
DIY musician, label and studio owner from The Netherlands...
Adding a Souri VR soon...
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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby themasteringlab » Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:08 pm

Hello from Melbourne Australia.
I am the proud owner of a VMS66, with a VG66 and a SP272. All fully operational and used to belong to POLYDOR until I bought it.

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I'm a newbie so looking forward to talking to a few of you in the future

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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby jyonderboy » Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:57 am

Hi all~ I'm a record collector, store owner, and every day digger. I'm here to learn how to (and not to) cut some unique platters and hopefully start a small label. Thanks thanks thanks
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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby wood » Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:25 am

hey guys how are you all, manchester uk-based musician here, looking to get into a little vinyl cutting ... currently recording to tape on a 1969 vortexion cbl/6 stereo tube amp stroke tape transport

figured i would look to make the leap to hand-cutting some vinyl

currently at the reading-up stage, quietly looking for a masco or similar 40s/50s unit for some no-fi delights

pleased to meet you all
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Unread postby cgnman59 » Tue May 09, 2017 3:05 pm

Hi I've been in radio broadcasting for 40 years. I'm an avid listener of music and yes still employ the turntable and a tube amp at home with great enjoyment. I came for specific answers to a couple of issues that have come up in our office but I know I'll check out other places in the forum as they relate to LP's etc.
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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby mrlogikal » Fri May 12, 2017 4:43 am

Is there anyone on this board that currently lives in Colorado? I need to connect with people that have an interest in this LOCALLY. The internet is wearing me out and I learn better from hands-on experience and could use the help of somebody willing to teach me with the internet is not. Please tell me there's atleast one person that lives here and doesn't live 7 hours away.
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Re: Welcome, Newbies! Say Hi in this thread!

Unread postby GrumblyGhost » Fri May 19, 2017 4:35 am

Hi everyone!

I've been interested in lathes for a while now since looking into producing short runs of records for my bands releases. Recently I decided that I would like to find a lathe to buy to learn and understand the craft more.
I'm based in Western Australia.

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