LEESTA VALL SOUND RECORDINGS is a niche label located in Brooklyn, NY. Our focus is on limited edition lathe cut record releases, which are made on a modified antique record cutting lathe from the 1950’s. Each record is handmade, one at a time, in real time, by a real person.
SO, WHAT’S A LATHE-CUT RECORD ANYWAY? Our lathe cut records are made from special plastics and cut individually, in real time, on an antique record cutting lathe.
WILL THIS PLAY ON MY TURNTABLE? Yes, of course! But they do not always play well on all turntables, especially turntables without a weighted tonearm. This lathe cut record has however been tested to make sure that it tracks on a properly weighted record player.
HOW WILL IT SOUND? The fidelity of a lathe cut record is different than a vinyl pressing. You’ll notice pops and cracks, particularly at the start of these lo-fi recordings. As the groove is cut into the plastic instead of pressed onto vinyl, there can be tiny particles of residue from the lathing process. It’s easily remedied though by wiping the record with a damp cloth or brushing with an anti-static record brush. A good wipe or brush and a couple of plays will actually improve the sound quality of the record. Also, because the groove is slightly wider than on a conventional pressing, it is possible to place the stylus only partly within it, resulting in incorrect playback. It may take a couple of attempts to properly seat the stylus in the groove.
ARE ALL OF YOUR RELEASES LIMITED EDITION? Yes. We would never devalue a title by re-cutting more copies at a later date.
WHY IS IT IN MONO? Because mono is cool.