How to Pirate a Vinyl Record

I used to have Europadisk in Manhattan make me one off acetate records to test and play out with. I used to love hanging out in the mastering and manufacturing room there. There’s a interesting bunch of photos and an article on how to pirate a vinyl record over at Mike Senese’s blog. If you’re like me and have 5000 records this could be interesting to you. For the full read: click here

“Using the wooden strips, make a box around the glass plate. Seal off the edges using the window cement. Make sure everything is air tight. Place your record inside the box making sure that the portion to be copied is facing upward. Squeeze in some window cement to mark where the hole in the record is. Mix the silicone (Smooth On OOMOO 30 or OOMOO 25) for about 3 minutes before pouring in to the mold….” –

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Oliver Chesler

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4 thoughts on “How to Pirate a Vinyl Record”

  1. Cool post, but wait, if you have 5000 records then how come every shot I’ve seen of your apartment and studio looks like a wonderfully sparse utopia. Are these records in storage somewhere?

    1. Good observation. When I had my studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn I had all the records in an Ikea rack. Then when I moved to Berlin I put them all in storage. When I came back to NYC I took them out of storage and put them in my mother’s basement. Once I finish renovating my new place they will come back into my arms!

  2. When I moved from England to the US, my parents FedEx’d my records to me. Since then I’ve moved a few times and now all my vinyl sits in my garage. In Phoenix. In the summer. I’m thinking that’s not exactly a good idea.

    1. Yeah my mother’s basement is a bit moist. I have a dehumidifier in there but every time the power goes out she forgets to get it going again. I wish I could get all those records into digital form and photographed… something. I also have a few hundred cassettes I recorded off the radio in the 80s!

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