Friday, 12 December 2008

Some record cutting lathes...

The Neumann R20, the very first one, built circa 1932, designed to cut on wax plates... What did they do with the cut afterwards? This one belongs to the Deutsches Rundfunk Museum.

The AM131, the first cutting lathe mass produced by Neumann, that one's got a fixed pitch. Notice how similar it is to the R20, even their last model the VMS82, kept the same shape.

Gotham Audio designed a 3 speeds motor for it:

A Fairchild lathe, note the carriage arm, same as on the Lyrec lathe, quoted by Mr Sean Davies as "very reliable, much more stable, brilliant idea..."

The Lyrec lathe, from Denmark:

A Scully lathe, this one actually belongs to us, but is not functional, yet:

The Neumann VMS 66, was the first cutting with an electronic pitch. It had 4 points of reference, it's accurate, but better could be achieved.

Then came the ultra-famous Neumann VMS 70, basically identical to the VMS 60, but the pitch control and some electronics were improved. As well as the aesthetics...

The Daddy, the Neumann VMS80, you can't do better than this:

Well you actually can... The Neumann VMS82, the very last ever designed, built to cut on copper. Only 34 were made... It's basically a VMS80, modified to make it much more stronger.


Lewis Leo said...

Hey, I notice you mention that the VMS 80 is the daddy. Well actualy, I think the lyrec is. The lyrec can do more than the Neumman VMS 80. Its got vari groove, all automatic can do locked ecentric groove...the works. And that was designes 30 years before the VMS 80!

Welcome to Firstcask Records! said...

And Sean W. Davies would surely agree with you! And if the MS 80 is my favorite, it's mainly because of the high end electronics, and the 32 points of reference on the strobe, don't be fooled by the pitch control, it's extremely precise, cutting a 25 minutes side is a joke with an 80... :)

But you're definitely right about the Lyrec, it ha something the n o VMS has: the three axes carriage for the cutterhead suspension...

THAT is something that every cutting lathe manufacturer should have do! You can't do more stable than that! :)

wbhist said...

The Scully lathe shown appears to be a Model 501 from the late 1930's; that lathe had a seven-level gearbox and additional levers that disappeared by the time of the later 601 lathe which is more my favorite in terms of how the records were cut.