(Corrected) Beginning to Get Answers on Bert Jansch Vinyl Mystery (Apologies to Lurssen Mastering)
My apologies to Gavin Lurrsen, who did respond immediately to my email via email. Unfortunately his email got trapped in the overaggressive corporate spam filter.
Lurssen is naturally protective of his business and excellent reputation so he was not too happy with the story, which speculated about how the LP ended up being mono. It was not our intention to defame anyone. We simply want to get to the bottom of the chain of events that led to this unsatisfying result.
In his email Mr. Lurssen said he was responsible for producing the MP3 for the digital download that I wrote sounded "fine" and in stereo. He also was responsible for creating the high resolution digital files used to produce the LPs, though on that count he was somewhat cryptic.
What I've learned from this experience is that mastering engineers are somewhat protective of both other mastering engineers in the fraternity and of course of their clients.
I did hear from the record label and not surprisingly they weren't happy with the story because they thought I should get all of the facts before writing it. I feel my first responsibility is to you, the reader.
I have reached out to L. Nix mastering but have not yet heard back. When we get all of the facts we'll report further!