Our capacity allows us to press approximately 70,000 records per month (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. Please, feel free to call us at 800-295-0171 for more information, and we will do everything that is physically possible to try and work out a schedule that works for your project.
While the dates below are not necessarily set in stone, if you are able to pull together the necessary parts, we highly recommend trying to place your orders by the suggested order date (or sooner, if possible) to leave enough room to make the delivery date. It’s always better to get your records early than trying to rush them together at the last minute!
CURRENT APPROXIMATE TURNAROUND TIMES (UPDATED 12/06/13 – CHECK BACK BEFORE PLACING AN ORDER):
12″ standard weight – orders placed business week of December 9, 2013 will probably be on press sometime late February.*
12″ 180 gram – orders placed business week of December 9, 2013 will probably be on press sometime mid February.*
7″ — orders placed business week of December 9, 2013 will probably be on press sometime late February.*
* These approximate ship dates (which can fluctuate) are assuming GGR is handling lacquers, plating, and label printing — regardless of whether it is a first pressing order or a re-pressing order (see notes about this on our FAQ page). Turnaround can vary if you are supplying any of these parts. Also assumes you will provide necessary approvals within 2 business days of receipt of test cuts, test pressings, and/or art proofs. Actual ship dates can vary dramatically depending upon the amount of assembly work involved on a given project in comparison with other jobs in assembly at the same time – figure 2 to 10 business days, but feel free to contact us for more specific estimates. 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.
2013 HOLIDAY CLOSURES:
GGR will close November 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving (also, please note that both of these days are UPS shipping holidays)
GGR will close December 23-25 for Christmas, and December 31-January 1 for New Years.
Finally, please note that the plating shop closes for an extended period during this holiday time frame. Based upon past years, we strongly suggest planning for long plating delays in the months of December and January. This means that test pressings may take longer than usual, and ordinary order flow may be longer than usual. Please stay tuned to this page for updates.
**** PRE-SCHEDULE YOUR PRESS TIME! ****
Pre-scheduling is a new service we are happy to offer to help you make your release date happen on time every time!*
If you know (even tentatively) of any upcoming projects you are aiming to do in the future, we can “pre-schedule” press time for you. Even if the masters and other info are very tentative, if you have any info as far as desired delivery date(s), format(s), and quantities, we can schedule your press time at the earliest possible date, so that other unscheduled orders get pressed around yours as they come in. Vinyl color(s) and other details can change as necessary – we just ask that you follow through with the orders in some manner (of course, we understand if the “band breaks up” or something really extreme, and would never make you press records you don’t need).
*Of course, certain time frames for delivery of masters / art files / approvals are needed to be met, and delays in such can delay your orders. But, we will certainly keep you informed of such cutoff dates. Generally, masters and 50% deposit are due approx 2 months before the press date; and art files are due 5 weeks prior to the press date (earlier is always better, and certain jacket types requires 6-8 weeks to process so please be sure to ask us!).
Contact us today to pre-schedule your press time! A $100 holding fee is required to hold a press date – this fee will be applied to your final order balance. Also, no problem if your plans change – please just be sure to alert us of changes to your order specs and/or due date at least a month in advance of your pre-scheduled date (or earlier, if possible). We are happy to be flexible with your plans.
[Press dates can only be pre-scheduled beyond where current turnaround is booked -- i.e., we can't pre-schedule you a press date in September if our normal turnaraound is already booked through late October. Please call with questions. 800-295-0171]
General Art Processing Turn Times:
Record labels – usually baked and ready to press into records around 4-5 weeks after proof approval
Direct-to-board single pocket jackets (7″ and 12″) – usually around 4 weeks from proof approval
Direct-to-board gatefold jackets (7″ and 12″) – usually around 6-8 weeks from proof approval
Tip-On Jackets (Single Pocket and Gatefold) – usually around 8 weeks from proof approval
12″ Printed Innersleeves (polylined or polylaminate interior) – usually around 6-8 weeks from proof approval
All other a-la-carte art items – usually around 4-5 weeks from proof approval
Add approx 4 weeks for die cutting / foil stamping / spot gloss / other custom work.
Add approx 4 weeks for single pocket LP jacket orders in quantities under 500 units.
These are general guidelines for when submitting your order – you can submit masters ahead of art to speed things along. But, it is always best to submit all assets at as early a date as possible to provide us with the most flexibility in moving your pressing up in the schedule as feasible.
General Audio Processing Turn Times:
While things can certainly move faster or slower depending upon many variables, we recommend that lacquers are CUT (either if we are cutting them in-house, or if you are supplying your lacquers from elsewhere) no later than 2 months before your pre-scheduled press date.
If you are using our in-house lacquer services, figure that lacquers are typically cut within two weeks of when we receive your masters; or within 2 weeks of when you approve your test cut samples emailed to you (if you opted for this additional service). Timelines can vary throughout the year.
Test pressings typically ship about a month after lacquers are cut. Timelines can vary throughout the year.
Please note – all dates on this page are subject to change, so we cannot emphasize enough the need to actually talk with someone at GGR before committing to any date. Also, please check back to this page frequently, as dates are always fluctuating (sometimes a few times per day). While demand can fluctuate dramatically throughout the year, the capacity of the pressing equipment has its upper limit which does not change. Therefore, you may sometimes need to order much farther in advance of when you actually need finished product.
We will always do our best to deliver by your date, or if necessary, suggest alternatives to you. One of the worst things to happen in this biz is to have an event built around a record release, and not have the records in hand. Please keep us informed of your plans so we can do everything in our power to help you.