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Look, I get it. At earlier points in my life, especially when I was a broke teen, paying for entertainment was annoying and, at the time in my opinion, not fair. Yet as I’ve grown up, and even more so

Either have a kid or read the last page you lazy piece of shit.

I don't understand what is so bad about the Gold Rush graphic - is it because they call out long wait times and they themselves have had long wait times (like everyone else)? This is boilerplate marketing verbiage. Looking at Discogs I own at least one record they've pressed (JPEGMAFIA's Veteran) and it sounds good to me.

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1 minute ago, AlexH. said:

I don't understand what is so bad about the Gold Rush graphic - is it because they call out long wait times and they themselves have had long wait times (like everyone else)? This is boilerplate marketing verbiage. Looking at Discogs I own at least one record they've pressed (JPEGMAFIA's Veteran) and it sounds good to me.

Just pulling from their mission statement that I took the screenshot of:

 

"you can't wait months to get vinyl made"
Of course, yeah, Covid.  But Underoath have been transparent about the delays from Gold Rush, going as far as to call the whole process "an embarrassment".  I think there were a lot of setbacks that had nothing to do with Covid, and would've occurred regardless of a pandemic.  I can't say that with any kind of certainty, but.  Call it a hunch.

 

"Each of our records is pressed and hand-inspected at our factory in Austin"

Excellent news for anyone who just wants to look at – and maybe feel – vinyl with their hands.  This statement implies there's a level of quality control... and hell, maybe that's why this 3 month turnaround ended up taking 8.  I'm not saying they didn't catch some bad runs.  But I guess listening to the product, to ensure it's up to snuff, is too subjective to actually carry out these days.  Probably not a critique exclusive to Gold Rush as it seems applicable to a lot of plants right now, but I just found all their mission statements a little ambitious.  This Underoath box is a massive undertaking and I get that.  But if the press is as bad as these early impressions imply, I feel like they're really putting their foot in their mouth with the claims on their splash page.

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9 minutes ago, Michaelgetsboss said:

Got mine, it’s alright I guess, the obi strips are huge and ugly, idk why they didn’t just do normal size ones.

Usually if they obi strips are clunky or are just inconvenient, I trash em. Plan to do that here. 

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5 hours ago, drewberinger said:

Heard the beginning of side b on chasing is almost unlistenable 

there's some weird imperfections on an inch or so of the edge of the record (outside of the grooves). if someone drops the needle on it, it'll like make the tonearm hop and bounce on the record. ,  but otherwise it sounds pretty good (source material aside). my guess is folks are doing this or it's a case where the grooves have issues where they don't play properly on a table without a counterweight (like a crosley). 

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1 minute ago, dreamover said:

they're not obi strips. they're fold-over cards that cover the spine. totally unnecessary. 

Yup you’re right and they take up like half the album art too. Why?? Also weren’t they originally supposed to be actual obi strips? Or am I remembering wrong..it’s been so long since I ordered these.

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3 minutes ago, justin_cole12 said:

Yup you’re right and they take up like half the album art too. Why?? Also weren’t they originally supposed to be actual obi strips? Or am I remembering wrong..it’s been so long since I ordered these.

in person, they look exactly like they did in store mockups:

 

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I doubt the fold-over card was a selling point for anyone. it definitely looks like these were designed with the idea that these would be sold exclusively on an 'observatory' tour. 

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1 hour ago, dreamover said:

in person, they look exactly like they did in store mockups:

 

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I doubt the fold-over card was a selling point for anyone. it definitely looks like these were designed with the idea that these would be sold exclusively on an 'observatory' tour. 

The fold over card is the only reason I bought them so yeah they better be good.

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4 hours ago, dreamover said:

there's some weird imperfections on an inch or so of the edge of the record (outside of the grooves). if someone drops the needle on it, it'll like make the tonearm hop and bounce on the record. ,  but otherwise it sounds pretty good (source material aside). my guess is folks are doing this or it's a case where the grooves have issues where they don't play properly on a table without a counterweight (like a crosley). 

There's an inch or more of lead-in space? Or am I reading this wrong?

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