What is a test pressing record?

Test pressings, usually with test pressing written on the label, with catalogue number, artist and recording time or date, are the first vinyl discs made at the factory. They are produced in small quantities (usually under five copies) to evaluate the quality of the disc before mass production begins.

The actual quality of the pressing is not meant to be at the same level as that of the retail product that will be released. It is a “test” and very rare – that is why they are worth so much money.

One may also ask, what is a promo record? A promotional recording, or promo, or plug copy, is an audio or video recording distributed free, usually in order to promote a recording that is or soon will be commercially available. Promos are often distributed in plain packaging, without the text or artwork that appears on the commercial version.

Furthermore, what are pressings?

Test pressings are made to ensure that the grooves themselves are clean, deep enough, and formed correctly when the master presses into the vinyl blank; that the grooves, label and center hole are not off-center; that the vinyl does not warp; things like that.

What is acetate vinyl?

An acetate disc is a type of phonograph (gramophone) record, a mechanical sound storage medium, widely used from the 1930s to the late 1950s for recording and broadcast purposes and still in limited use today. They can be played on any normal record player but will suffer from wear more quickly than vinyl.

What does LP stand for?

Long Play

How do you tell if a record is an original?

Look on the spine of the LP record sleeve. First pressings will usually have a four letter/four number combination, such as ABCD-1234. And anything after a second or third pressing will have a two letter/five number combination, such as AB-12345. Go to Discogs.com or Recordgeek.com to verify your first pressing.

Do first pressings sound better?

These pressings are more common, and some claim they do not sound as good because the master tape may be worn at this point—or because a safety or backup master was used in their creation. It may sound better and will more than likely save you a few bucks.

How much are my vinyl records worth?

One is worth $10; one is worth $10,000! A significant factor in determining a vinyl record’s value is the label on the record itself.

How do you read a vinyl Matrix?

Album matrix numbers are often similar to the catalogue number. For example, a record numbered X-1234 may have a matrix number like A–1234 or X–1234–A on side one, and B–1234 or X–1234–B on side two, as shown on the label.

How do I know if my record is mono or stereo?

On a mono record, there is only one channel of information. Simply put, this means that your left and right speakers are playing exactly the same thing. On a stereo recording, instruments can be mixed to be on the left, right, or anywhere in between.

What is a first pressing vinyl?

Definition. The Definition of a first pressing or pressed vinyl record, is a record that was pressed from the 1st original masters. There seems to be some controversy between record collectors of what is a first pressing as opposed to first issues.

How do you tell if a CD is a first pressing?

Just check if there is an IFPI code in the matrix number, a cd made in 1994 or after almost always has one, if your cd does not have an IFPI code it is most likely a first pressing.

What does first press mean Kpop?

First Press means the first released album. The first press Cd is out of stock now. KPOP MARKET (Hanteo & Gaon Cha…

What albums are worth a lot of money?

These 28 Vinyl Records Are Worth a Combined $1.9 Million Before We Drop the Needle on This Licorice Pizza… The Beatles, “The Beatles” (aka “White Album”) Elvis Presley, “My Happiness”/”That’s When Your Heartache Begins” Sex Pistols, “God Save the Queen”/”No Feeling” Bob Dylan, “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan”

What is CD promo?

A promotional certificate of deposit (CD) rate, also referred to as a bonus CD rate, is a higher than normal rate of return on a CD offered by banks and credit unions to attract new deposits. Often this promotional rate is limited to certain deposit amounts or for certain short periods of time.

Are promo copies worth more?

IMO, the only promos that are worth more than ‘stock copies’ are those where there are differences above and beyond simply a gold embossed ‘promo’ stamp, or a white label or whatever. Most promos (as has been said above) are just ‘regular’ copies with something added to the sleeve (or taken away).

What is a promotional copy?

A promo copy is a copy which is usually given to game reviewers. It is the full game but does not come with any booklets or the original case.