Making vinyl records is complex and labor-intensive. It requires a small army of technicians, a chain of skilled subcontractors, and lots of heavy machinery. The process is neither cheap nor fast. Short runs? Forget it. Record factories have minimum orders. The going rate is 250 LPs for $2,000. And that’s if they can fit you in—typical wait times are around three months.
There is an alternative. Founded by musician Wesley Wolfe, Tangible Formats is a one-man record plant where no order is too small, turnaround time is three weeks, and the prices are indie-friendly. Local bands that peddle hot wax to their fans, international DJs who want to scratch their EDM tracks, juke box collectors who crave rare Blue Note 45s, the lovesick Romeo who wants his marriage proposal recorded after the fade-out on “our song.” This is the small but loyal clientele that Mr. Wolfe’s lathe-to-turntable movement caters to in today’s increasingly fragmented music ecosystem.
Chun, Rene. "Visit the Indie Vinyl Press Where No Order Is Too Small (Like, Even Just One)." Wired.com. June 17, 2016. Accessed June 21, 2016. http://www.wired.com/2016/06/visit-indie-vinyl-press-no-order-small-like-even-just-one/.