About to make the Leap & Purchase a Lathe (Need Suggesti

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by RubenO, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. RubenO

    RubenO Guest


    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.

  2. RubenO

    RubenO Guest

    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?

  3. TotalSonic

    TotalSonic Guest

    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
  4. RubenO

    RubenO Guest

    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?

  5. grandmasters

    grandmasters Guest


    Where does one find a working Zuma for sale these days?
  6. jason

    jason Guest

    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
  7. copy

    copy Guest

    International Cutting Head Service

    I'm having trouble finding any contact info for International Cutting Head Service. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
  8. TotalSonic

    TotalSonic Guest

    Re: International Cutting Head Service

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

    Cell 917.213.0741
    Fax 718.222.0853 (please call ahead)



    Best regards,
    Steve Berson

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