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Hi,

I been mastering sound for about 15 years now and send out to cut allot of vinyl. I do about 100 Lacquer Sides a year. With all the money I spent on cutting sides I could of owned a couple Lathes by now including trial and error.

I been seeing some used Lathes for sale on eBay and other sites, and I am looking for a good engineer to guide me through this and help set my system up. I'm located in South Florida.

I wanted to get some suggestions from you guys on what to spend for a Lathe and Amps, Meters etc. Should I go with Belt Driven or Direct Driven Lathe? I've heard stories from both Sides. Nuemann, Scully, Westrex? Zumaudio cutting computer? Should I jump into DMM instead of cutting Lacquer? What is the bare bone system I need to start getting my feet wet?

I also don't mind piecing a system together and taking time to do it. I am not in a big rush. Any Suggestions, Pricing and Contact info would be great help. I understand it's not an easy process to set up a Lathe.

Thanks
Ruben

Comments

TotalSonic Fri, 03/04/2005 - 09:20

Al Grundy is the man as far as setting this stuff up. I'm sure any system he puts together for you will be in good working order. If you have the extra cash and want the best resutlts for "competitive" dance cuts I'd go for the more expensive system. Good luck.

Best regards,
Steve Berson

RubenO Fri, 03/04/2005 - 11:44

TotalSonic wrote: Al Grundy is the man as far as setting this stuff up. I'm sure any system he puts together for you will be in good working order. If you have the extra cash and want the best resutlts for "competitive" dance cuts I'd go for the more expensive system. Good luck.

Best regards,
Steve Berson

Thanks for your reply Steve,

He told me there was absolutely no differrence in quality between the 2 set ups. He said the reason the other system was more expensive because it was more in demand. So I figured "More in Demand" must mean better sound but he assured me not. From what I been reading up on, is that the 68 Cutterhead can handle a louder signal to give you a louder pressing than the SX-74. Any comment on that?

Thanks

jason Tue, 04/19/2005 - 01:58

Cutting Heads

Defiatley go fo the SX74 with the Sal 74b cutting amps,And i would not lose to much sleep over the zuma computer you can work with the standard varigroove that comes with the lathe (assuming that the varigroove works ok)Also i have heard that the people who make the Zuma varigroove are more interested in selling you a new machine than repairing an old one If you have any more questions you can email me direct. J@dub-plates.org

TotalSonic Tue, 08/09/2005 - 12:40

Re: International Cutting Head Service

copy wrote: hello,
I'm having trouble finding any contact info for International Cutting Head Service. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

International Cutterhead Service
128 Willow St
Apt 5B
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Telephone:
718.222.0853
Cell 917.213.0741
Fax 718.222.0853 (please call ahead)

Email:
Albert@cutterhead.com

http://www.cutterhead.com

Best regards,
Steve Berson

RubenO Tue, 03/01/2005 - 21:05

Today I spoke to Albert from ICS (International Cutting Head Service).
He has about 10 systems for sale. He wants to sell me a complete Cutting System consisting of a Neumann VMS 66 with a VG-74 Rack and a SX-74 Cutting Head. He is asking $20k for this set Up. Does this sound Ballpark? I am also considering a Zuma Computer for spacing.

He also Has a VMS 70 with a SAL-74 Rack with the SX-74 Cutterhead that he is asking $30k for.

Any Suggestions guys?

Thanks
Ruben

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