Furnace Record Pressing Fires Up!

Last year when AnalogPlanet visited Furnace Record Pressing in Alexandria Virginia it was an enormous, mostly empty building. The vinyl pressing plant infrastructure installation had just begun.

Only a true visionary like Furnace's Eric Astor could see how the place would look a year later but now so can you! More than a half dozen record presses are now operational with more coming on line by the beginning of 2019.

All of Furnace's packaging facilities have been moved from the previous overcrowded facilities to the new spacious location. In this video you'll see the new offices, listening room, conference space and one man's pressing plant vision become a reality.

In this video you'll see what it takes to manufacture, package and ship large quantities of vinyl records. If you think they are overpriced, this video might give you reasons to conclude otherwise!

COMMENTS
furnacemfg's picture

As always, you're welcome to come by anytime. Thanks for your support over the last 10 years.

Drummer's picture

This video pushed me over the edge. I even visited the newly opened used record shop near my home and bought a record. I don't even own a turntable today! Thank you Mr Fremer. Jumping into the rabbit hole now.

analogdw's picture

Good for you! Welcome to the rabbit hole, it goes DEEP..... :D

RLss's picture

Best movie I've seen in 10 years. Fantastic, machine-shop-meets-lacquer goodness.

FvkedVpRoman's picture

Mr Furnace looks like a homeless whino. Greasy, unkept hair .... Why no tour of the bathroom? Do they have showers? Maybe channel some of that steam into a spa ans sauna room.

furnacemfg's picture

Thanks for noticing. I'm going for that Hobo chic look. Eric

atomlow's picture

FvkedVPRoman I bet Eric is a lot cooler than you. At least he isn't a douche like you.

kozakjj's picture

I have listen to both the classical records and new masters of led zeppelin. I think the new masters sound very good. But you know 99% of new vinyl have lacquers cut from a digital file. This is not the vinyl resurgence this is humans once again selling something that is not true to its origin. So Mike STOP crying about zeppelin remasters and rename your website without the word analog in it. This site is about mostly digital files on vinyl.

FvkedVpRoman's picture

Starting back in early 80s, most major media companies (CBS, Polygram, etc.) were using lathes with DDLs (digital delay lines). The signal on the cutting head was A/D'd and then D/A'd.
The audiophile labels (MFSL, etc.) did not use DDLs. But odds are greater than 70% that any record cut roughly 1983 henceforth had been DDL'd.

anaBlog's picture

I was inspired to watch Eric Astor "live his dream" at Furnace.

And I'm sure Eric intends no insult to shippers, but his comments at 1:24:45 and 1:25:14 (truck drivers don't give a sh*t; drunk forklift operator) recalled a recent experience:

    Our church distributes food at Thanksgiving and had to load a pallet of canned hams onto a small truck, outdoors, at night, during an ice storm, before the rain caused their cardboard boxes to come unglued. Our electric pallet jack's battery died so we had only a manual jack to work with. As the jack was too large for the truck's lift gate, we were all-but-resigned to breaking the pallet open and loading each 6-ham box by hand.

    Then on the spur of the moment the jack operator devised a plan: working the pallet diagonally he used the jack to help us balance the pallet half way on the lift gate. Then he moved the jack onto the lift gate and pulled as we pushed the pallet the rest of the way on. At points it was a near thing but in the end by experience, courage, initiative, and strength he helped us succeed, to my amazement.

My point is, that pallet could easily have tipped over, due not to a drinking problem but to the calculated risks involved. I'm sure this type of courage and initiative are summoned every day by those moving freight, just as they are by those making records.

Thank you for reading, and thank you Michael for reminding me that manual work is not mindless work and even running a record press requires skill and talent.

alexdias's picture

Great video Micheal, Eric seems like a great guy, eloquent, knowledgeable and inspiring! The love and attention to detail is clear and like you said, video like these show how much complex it is to produce a vinyl record which can give us decades and decades of immense pleasure.

Yorkshirefoxy1's picture

A great video and well timed. I was just rewatching the first video and wondered how much progress there had been since your first visit. Do you have any intentions of coming to the UK in 2019? It would be great if you toured some of the Uk’s specialist turntable manufacturers including Michell, Nottingham Audio, Linn and others. Vinyl has had a great year this year and I’m thinking of investing in an Okki Nokki or Project record cleaner any thoughts on which one is better? Keep up the great work, it’s appreciated!

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