Turnaround/Lead Time & Scheduling

Our capacity allows us to press approximately 80,000 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.

Very generally speaking, we advise customers to plan at least 2-3 months in advance for any first pressing order, throughout most of the year. However, the more specific information below is updated continually as orders come in, so please review it carefully.  (i.e., please don’t take the sentence above as saying all orders take 2-3 months — many can take longer).

CURRENT APPROXIMATE TURNAROUND TIMES

(UPDATED 06/25/15 – CHECK BACK BEFORE PLACING AN ORDER)

IMPORTANT NOTE:  We are limiting order quantities to a maximum of 3,000 units through August 31, 2015 to try and assist as many customers as possible to achieve the fastest turnaround possible during this very high demand period.

12″ standard weight – orders placed business week of June 29, 2015 will probably be on press mid/late October depending upon qty and color(s).*  

12″ 180 gram – orders placed business week of June 29, 2015 will probably be on press sometime late September / early October depending upon qty and color(s).* 

7″ — orders placed business week of June 29, 2015 will probably be on press mid October depending upon qty and color(s).*

* All dates listed on this page are approximate —   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.  Also, as much as we would like to say otherwise, production issues which are beyond human control do regularly occur in vinyl manufacturing, and these issues can cause delays beyond original turnaround estimates.  However, we will do our best to keep you apprised of any such issues, and suggest alternatives when possible.

THE BOTTOM LINE – HIGH QUALITY RECORD PRESSINGS TAKE TIME:

Every step in our approach to making records takes extra time.

When we are cutting your lacquers (assuming you are ordering test cuts and/or reference acetates), we don’t just take a blanket approach and cut your masters blindly.  Each master requires its own specific approach, and this takes more time than just cutting without listening.  This limits the number of records we can cut each day, but also ensures that our customers’ projects are receiving the attention they deserve.

Records we plate in-house are processed using a combination of proprietary materials and procedures.  Our silver solution is our own unique recipe that is mixed in-house, instead of purchased pre-mixed.  We plate every lacquer at a much lower amperage than most industry professionals.  This means masters/mothers/stampers take longer to create, but are truer to the frequency response of the original lacquer cut than faster-speed plating can reproduce.

Before shipping test pressings to customers, each test is reviewed on more than one turntable.  Any imperfections are further inspected by our Quality Control Manager.  In many cases, we make the decision to not ship test pressings and to further troubleshoot issues before the test pressings get into the customer’s hands.  When required, we absorb the additional costs of remaking parts to correct test pressing issues.  While this can add weeks to the time it takes to ship test pressings, it also maintains our 99% test pressing approval rating by correcting most issues before they can reach our customers’ turntables.

When your final order is being pressed, we have one quality control employee per every two pressing machines listening to approximately every 25th record off the press during every shift.  Notes are kept and pressing adjustments made, as necessary.  We are the only pressing plant in the United States with this sort of strict quality control procedure.  This certainly does increase the amount of time necessary to manufacture records, but it has proven effective in shipping the highest quality records that can possibly be manufactured.

We like to refer to our records as “vinyl perfect” — we are always striving for perfection in an imperfect medium, shipping records that are the best that they can sound/look given each project’s unique characteristics.  We just can’t rush this sort of approach.

 

PLEASE NOTE:   Our annual “soft shutdown” maintenance week is July 26, 2015 through August 2, 2015.  Please do not plan on having product shipped or picked up during this week.  We will not be manufacturing or shipping during this week.

HOLIDAY 2015 CLOSURES:

Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day)

Friday, July 3 (Independence Day)

Monday, September 7 (Labor Day)

November 25-27 (Thanksgiving)

December 24-25 (Christmas)

December 31-January 1, 2016 (New Year’s)