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Pirates Press to Resurrect the Flex-Disc,Thoughts?

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These things are not going to be cheap. The bulk of the expense of pressing a record is all up front: mastering, plating, setup fees, etc. After that, a black 7" costs about $0.51/each to manufacture, depending on the plant. So even if these things cost a quarter to manufacture as opposed to fifty cents, a label still has to front hundreds of dollars for plating and mastering which will keep the total cost of a flexi-disc project unreasonably high.

These made sense back in the day, but in 2010 this is completely pointless.

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...I see Fucked Up doing extremely limited runs on these things and then kids paying big bucks on e-bay for a fucking flexi...these things are crap, waste of money, time, and energy

I'm calling the Fucked Up thing...let's see how long it takes before they make a limited release on Flexi

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Pirates press doesn't "press" anything but buttons on the phone/computer. This is outsourced from elsewhere. I believe Erika is either doing these or about to. To keep these cheap I'd go to the source. Otherwise it is a bit pointless. I think the poor sound quality is a bit overstated. They're not the best but I've got a few that are definitly passable. Thing is that you can't play them too often or they literally will wear out. I still want to figure out how that guy did that Le Shok 7" with the playable cover. That's a novelty I can fully get behind!

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Pirates press doesn't "press" anything but buttons on the phone/computer. This is outsourced from elsewhere. I believe Erika is either doing these or about to. To keep these cheap I'd go to the source. Otherwise it is a bit pointless. I think the poor sound quality is a bit overstated. They're not the best but I've got a few that are definitly passable. Thing is that you can't play them too often or they literally will wear out. I still want to figure out how that guy did that Le Shok 7" with the playable cover. That's a novelty I can fully get behind!

Steve,

Patty from D4 knows the guy who ran that label, I believe it's the same process as the flexis, he explained it to me once a few years ago.I think they're just pressing either in clear 7"s and attached to the covers or the covers were coated in a clear coat of some kind and the grooves pressed into that.

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I agree with the majority that the sound sucks, but would it not be cool if each issue of razorcake or let's say a hard copy vinyl zine came with one that featured 4 different bands each issue. Would that not be cool?

Sure, I'd be fine with that. There's a much better chance of me playing the flexi than hopping online to listen to the mp3, assuming that's the alternative.

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The thing is that it doesn't appear to just be attached. It seems to be apart of the cover itself.

I know we were talking about the weirdest most ingenious ways to lose money and I brought that up and he was like that's exactly what I was thinking about and went into the whole story about that guy making crazy shit like that and losing tons of money.... I think it's pressed into a clear coating on those covers.

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...I see Fucked Up doing extremely limited runs on these things and then kids paying big bucks on e-bay for a fucking flexi...these things are crap, waste of money, time, and energy

I'm calling the Fucked Up thing...let's see how long it takes before they make a limited release on Flexi

Ben Cook already presses lathe 7 inches in editions of like 50 and 66. He did a Young Governor one that sold out in 45 minutes so yeah I think you're spot on with the flexi's being next.

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If they're done cheap enough to be given away/included with a label or distro's orders/zines, why the hell not? They're a great way to give you an idea of what a band sounds like, and quite frankly, I'm more likely to slap one of these on than to find a band's myspace page because my internet connection sucks. Think about it...there may be a bunch of people on here who haven't heard Cheap Girls (get the fuck on it), but if they got a P+P order that had a flexi with one of their songs, they could at least hear what they sound like and whether they want to drop $10 (or however much) on a full length.

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I agree with the majority that the sound sucks, but would it not be cool if each issue of razorcake or let's say a hard copy vinyl zine came with one that featured 4 different bands each issue. Would that not be cool?

i feel the same this would be rad. i remember buying music mags back in the day and loving the flexi i think i may have an old mad magazine with a flexi in the middle.

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