Unreleased Tchaikovsky, Manfred LP Test Pressing SS - Clarity Vinyl

Sold Date: October 11, 2017
Start Date: October 6, 2017
Final Price: $357.00 (USD)
Bid Count: 7
Seller Feedback: 3113
Buyer Feedback: 39

SS: Still Sealed
Label: Everest
Catalog Number:
SDBR 3035

This auction is for a STILL SEALED single LP Test Pressing marked A/B of the Classic Records 200gram reissue of Tchaikovsky's "Manfred" with Sir Eugene Goossens conducting the London Symphony Orchestra; pressed on CLARITY Vinyl, but never released as such. Test pressings are highly collectible and are from the first stamper. Approximately 20 to 40 exist depending on the title. Test pressings reflect the closest you can get to the lacquers and hence have a special collectible value and store of value.

Background on Clarity Vinyl Pressings
In 2008, Classic discovered that de-magnitizing black vinyl records leads to better sound in playback.  The engineers at Furutech in Japan, makers of a commercial record demag machine, explained that the carbon black that was added to PVC record pellets contained trace metal that became randomly magnetized and while spinning below an electro-mechanical transducer (phono cartridge) caused electrical distortion inside a cartridge during LP playback.  Hence, demagnetizing a black vinyl record dramatically reduces the electrical distortion and leads to more "Clarity" in playback.  Michael Hobson, founder of Classic Records reasoned that if the carbon black were removed then the result should be more Clarity in playback.  Working closely with the PVC manufacturer Kenan, Classic developed its own proprietary "Clarity Vinyl" devoid of the problems with trace magnetic particles contained in black vinyl formulas.  A Clarity vinyl pressing on a flat profile die is the absolute ultimate pressing possible and even a step above the JVC UHQR black vinyl pressings.  Not to be missed - you can hear the difference!

It's a rare find -- good luck!

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