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The Phonocut - cut your own albums

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Sheesh, they claim "The Phonocut is the first consumer device capable of making records in the space of minutes. "   but there have been cutting machines since back in the old 78 era.

 

... and it's not cheap

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Just yesterday I was contemplating the advantage of tapes over vinyl being the ability to record a custom tape, and how it would be cool to be able to do this with vinyl - custom vinyl with songs of significance to you.

 

However, I don't see this being anything more than a plaything for the really cashed up. Blank vinyl cost I reckon will be high, device itself is pricey, there's no great demand as in the case of tapes back in the day (80s, 90s) music taped of FM, other tapes, CDs - allsorts - which really helped spread the word and increase music access among kids, proto bands, fan bases. And if I understand correctly - only limited to 10"?

 

Still a nice thought.

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15 minutes ago, aussievintage said:

Sheesh, they claim "The Phonocut is the first consumer device capable of making records in the space of minutes.   but there have been cutting machines since back in the old 78 era.

 

 

I did not know this.....for a wide consumer access/consumption?

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Just now, zippi said:

I did not know this.....for a wide consumer access/consumption?

 

I think so.  The tech was even used for dictaphones back on wax cylinders.

 

There was a movie about people using one to record music driving across the country (America I presume)

https://www.78rpmcommunity.com/2019/02/28/the-78rpm-project-movie/

 

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@aussievintage love the VU needle. A great looking machine. Complete with rusted on mic (lets it down a bit).

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2 minutes ago, zippi said:

@aussievintage love the VU needle. A great looking machine. Complete with rusted on mic (lets it down a bit).

I'll most of that on the mic is old crinkle finish paint - like the motor board under the turntable.

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And here's recording blues on an Edison cylinder:

 

 

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@audiofeline nice find, looks like the operator is blowing the dust/cuttings away from the unit.

 

Yeah the cost far outweighs the benefit in my opinion, but if i was cashed up and wanted to hear my terrible guitar playing on record looks like its an easy option!

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That price seems quite reasonable............................but I reckon shipping to Australia will be the killer!

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4 hours ago, Andrews_melb said:

@audiofeline nice find, looks like the operator is blowing the dust/cuttings away from the unit...

He is brushing away the "swarf", which is what the cutting head cuts from the surface of the disk (or cylinder in this case) to create the groove.  There are videos of ols disk cutters where they are brushing this off flat disk lathes as the record is cut.  On modern lathes there is a vacuum to suck it out of the way.

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Bit more professional here than the product in the OP but I found this mini-doco really cool. I'd love to cut my own music to record/dubplate and bootleg some of my alltime favourite albums that have never seen a vinyl release.
 

 

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