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Best record labels for quality vinyl ?

This was mentioned very recently in another thread but no names where mentioned.

So how about the members who know posting the best record labels to look out for for better quality
vinyl as in the better likelihood of receiving undamaged records.

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From my experience Soul Jazz, Strut, Analogue Africa, Be With, On-U Sound (reissues) and Mr Bongo for "commercial" pressings. Speakers Corner and Pure Pleasure for "audiophile".

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Equally, many and none.

Really depends what you want. There are some 'audiophile' labels like Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, but the available catalogue is a bit limited.

Most companies produce and release good and bad. I have supposedly audiophile 180g vinyl that sounds average at best, and bog standard stuff that is incredibly good. As has been mentioned countless times, 90% of it is down to the mastering.

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10 minutes ago, rabski said:

Equally, many and none.

Really depends what you want. There are some 'audiophile' labels like Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, but the available catalogue is a bit limited.

Most companies produce and release good and bad. I have supposedly audiophile 180g vinyl that sounds average at best, and bog standard stuff that is incredibly good. As has been mentioned countless times, 90% of it is down to the mastering.

I did say best quality as in not receiving damaged records.

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That's what I thought you meant. The labels I mentioned are high quality pressings - no bubbles in the vinyl, no scratches, scuffs or warps.

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24 minutes ago, Baggawire said:

That's what I thought you meant. The labels I mentioned are high quality pressings - no bubbles in the vinyl, no scratches, scuffs or warps.

That's it thanks will take note of those you mentioned :)

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My best quality records are mostly Analogue Production, especially the ones pressed at QRP. At first glance you can see the quality is on a different level and they are very quiet too. You do pay a premium though

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4 hours ago, LebenLenco said:

Gearbox records

Great label, top quality all analogue chain. Check out Binker and Moses - top U.K. Jazz

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Thanks to those that put forward Gearbox Records duly bookmarked.

Still to look at the other suggestions.

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What about Chasing the Dragon?

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Music Matters

Speaker's Corner

Pure Pleasure (although some of them had surface noise)

Sam Records (splendid)

Sonorama (in terms of music quality)

Have a look to Jazz Haus recordings. Very interesting.

I'm waiting for 2 releases of Gearbox. They promise to be very good.

Anyway I usually prefer my japanese 60-90 ones:cool:.

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Nimbus & Quiex never had anything other than a perfect pressing from either of these but not cheap. At the cheaper end Simply Vinyl did some decent pressing (not so sure about the mastering quality though)

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