What is an acetate:
Runnin An acetate is a transitional stage between the master tape and the finished vinyl record.
Originally acetates were used for home recording in the days before tape recorders but since the advent of cassette tape & CDR are now no longer used for providing bands & their entourage copies of todays studio efforts. A machine actually cuts the grooves into the acetate like a lathe. The acetate is used to assess whether the music has been successfully transferred to disc.
It is checked by the sound engineer. There may be only one copy made of a particular recording sometimes more are cut and sent to the studio and band members for approval. The acetate comes before making the master and allows the sound to be checked without great expense.
It is unusual for more than a dozen to be manufactured so from the collectors point of view an acetate is a rare find indeed!
If the recording is rejected the acetate may be the only record that survives. The rejected cut may simply be poor quality however the artist may have opted to use a different take of the song if so the acetate becomes much more precious. An incredible find - possibly unique - and certainly one of only a handful.
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