Dear Member of The Secret Society of Lathe Trolls,
It is fundraising time, and the site needs your help.
You are using the site, or you have enjoyed it in the past 11 years, as an enthusiastic sharer or lurker; as a giver or consumer of knowledge and equipment, related to the making of old fashioned grooved records.
As you know, this one-of-a-kind site runs without major support. We don’t have fees: neither for membership, nor even, as of now, for the "Classifieds & Tip-offs" section listings. All we have are your friends and you: quirky brilliant individuals; operators of niche businesses; researchers; vinyl fanatics, and/or home tinkerers. You are the Lathe Trolls. You make the site worth visiting. I, with your help, and with the generous volunteer efforts of our moderators, keep it functioning.
I just renewed the domains and hosting of the Secret Society of Lathe Trolls chat forum for another year. Please help cover this expense, and for other expenses of time, computer hardware and labor, with an affordable financial contribution, at an amount of your choosing.
This year, I continued the backstage daily maintenance of the site, including attending to the needs of the now nearly 2300 users: Forgotten passwords, manual membership approvals, and the occasional offstage or onstage drama. Maintaining backups of the whole site. Scouting for additional moderators. A brief experiment in automatic approvals led to a disastrous period of scrubbing spambots, and so back to manual approvals we went.
This administration is generally performed and/or refereed by this one guy writing you: a freelance musician, Wurlitzer Electric Piano repairman, and audio editor living in Brooklyn. Running the site takes time, diplomacy, triage, and psychic energy. My maintenance hardware is currently a humble 8-year old Mac laptop on its 3rd hard drive and 4th complete rebuild.
Good stuff you already know:
- LatheTrolls.com enables the passing on of record-creating knowledge and experience that had been on the verge of being lost.
- It encourages innovation, while aiding in the salvage and repair of irreplaceable older equipment.
- It showcases vinyl art.
- It singularly promotes businesses in this reviving industry, offers problem-solving data and schematics for everything from old home units to Neumann VMS-80s, and helps sellers and buyers of equipment find each other.
- It is a unique, invaluable, deep, massive, sprawling database of the world's living knowledge of record-cutting and record-pressing.
- Its users volunteer, daily, to solve the most maddening of technical problems.
- It connects record-making professionals and hobbyists on every continent on the planet. And...
- It's fun!
Last year I added a new menu button at the top of the site. It says "Our Sponsors," and clicking on it will bring you to a page that lists them. In a very real way, this site is here now because these people and (generally small) businesses gave financially, sometimes repeatedly, in the prior 4 years. Even the smallest of these added up, and the site has survived. (Do check it out!)
In 2015, 130 members contributed to our fundraising drive. In 2016, I'm sure we would all love to see even more.
If this site has been life-enriching to you, please take part now. A contribution of just $20 will make a big difference. If your business income depends on the site, please consider more. Clicking the golden PayPal "Contribute" button at the top of this page will allow you to enter an amount you'd like to give. Or, PayPal to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please email or include a note to help me credit your username correctly on the “Our Sponsors” page. For donations of $40 or more, you can customize your link, and have it connect to a webpage outside the Lathe Trolls site. Your giving will keep this community, and this vital database of record-cutting knowledge, alive.
2016 was a strange, hard year for many, and it may just get stranger next year, in many realms. As the year draws to a close, and you prepare for various holidays, please help this site in its goal to help make 2017 a good year for you; at the very least, in the unique niche it occupies.
Wishing you all groovy holidays,
The Secret Society of Lathe Trolls
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