Vinyl MasteringFrom the start of my mastering career I always wanted to be involved in cutting lacquers, and in 2012 that dream became a reality. I purchased a vintage mid-'60s Scully mastering lathe with a stereo Westrex cutterhead and matching tube cutting amps, and began learning how to cut great sounding grooves. Since then I've mechanically refurbished the Scully, had the cutterhead rebuilt & updated, and developed a custom cutting preamp/amp solution with modern electronics. The system sounds fantastic and I love cutting vinyl masters.
Vinyl Master Lacquers:
Keep in mind that the shorter the side the better the sound. If the sides are short enough I will cut them at 45rpm, which always sounds better than 33.3rpm.
Also note that these "maximum time" guidelines are not set in stone. In some cases I can cut 26 or 27 minute sides that still sound pretty good.