Phonodisc GmbH

Phonodisc GmbH

Profil:
German manufacturing and distribution company. Operating under this name from January 1973 until February 1978.

Operated a vinyl mastering / pressing and cassette duplication plant in Hannover (Werk I - Podbielskistrasse) and a second 7" vinyl manufacturing plant in Langenhagen (Werk II - Klusriede). Werk I pressed all 10" and 12" records, while Werk II mastered all records and injection moulded all 7" records.

Despite located on the same premises, the recording and the manufacturing lines were strictly separated. The Recording Department, also called "Recording Centre", was responsible for the recording, mastering and cutting of lacquers. The manufacturing department was responsible for galvanization, pressing, label and cover printing, as well as the cassette manufacturing.

Phonodisc GmbH vinyl cuttings have a 320 (or 3 20) in the matrix.
Please use Lacquer Cut At - Phonodisc GmbH for releases before 1978. See PRS Hannover for later releases.
Phonodisc GmbH serviced the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft/Phonogram GmbH and all its subsidiaries as well as Polydor International.

Phonodisc was a full service provider for the German market, i.e. the records were usually also pressed in Hannover ("Made in Germany", German copyright text, GEMA). However, exceptions exist and therefore the plant should not be credited if one of the three characteristics is missing.
All injection moulded 7"s from the Polydor and Philips families of labels and carrying a Made in Germany, were manufactured in Langenhagen.

LP and 12" pressings from this company always show a small diameter pressing ring, as introduced in summer 1972 by the predecessor, Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Pressing Plant. So, sometimes it is difficult to differentiate pressings from late 1972 from those released in 1973.
The same problem appears with the different pressing plant credit PRS Hannover in early 1978. It often is not possible to distinguish whether the pressing was done by the one or the other company.
In these cases please explain your decision in the release notes or add the information just to the release notes.
The small diameter pressing rings had different appearances. The version with the 3 dots was thought to only appear in between 1973 and 1975, however also versions with a Deutsche Grammophon, Hamburg credit at the bottom of the labels are known to show this pressing ring variation.

Phonodisc continued what was started by the predecessor Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Pressing Plant for contract pressings.
The custom LP pressings for Metronome Records GmbH can be identified by the code string 0664.### that was used from 1972 until the end of 1975 (but also on later reissues of course). Thereafter the code changed to 0701.### until late 1977.
Also the early numbers of the string 0702.### still belong to Phonodisc GmbH, but sometimes it is difficult to distinguish from the later PRS Hannover versions.
For the LPs of BASF orders a similar string was used: 0666.###. These codes are not to be added as LCCN numbers.

Another unique characteristic for this plant are the sideways arranged stamper letters, e.g. ᴒ.
Usually, one or two letters, rotated 90°: A=1, B=2, C=3, ..., Z=26, AA=27, ..., AG=34, etc.
Not to be confused:
S1 and S2 are side identifiers, but
S1=2 or S1=3 etc. stand for the number of transfers to tape, so S1 (without =) means original master tape, and S1=2 stands for a tape copy.

In February 1978 renamed to PRS Hannover. Previously named Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Pressing Plant.
Mutterlabel:
Kontakt::
Werk I: Podbielskistrasse 164
3000 Hannover 1

Werk II: Klusriede 26
3012 Langenhagen

[both obsolete]
Kat.-Nr.  Künstler Titel (Format) Label Kat.-Nr.  Land Jahr
1C 006-31 363 Du Gehst Fort Plattencover Adam & Eve (6) Du Gehst Fort(7", Single, Inj) EMI, EMI Electrola 1C 006-31 363 Germany 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
1C 006-97 140 Bohemian Rhapsody Plattencover Queen Bohemian Rhapsody(7", Single, Inj) EMI, EMI, EMI Electrola, EMI Electrola 1C 006-97 140 Germany 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
1 C 006-97 178 Heavenly Plattencover Showaddywaddy Heavenly(7", Single, Inj) Bell Records, EMI Electrola 1 C 006-97 178 Germany 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
1C 006-97 179 Money Honey Plattencover Bay City Rollers Money Honey(7", Single, Pho) Bell Records, EMI Electrola 1C 006-97 179 Germany 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
1C 006-97 399 Nice & Slow Plattencover Jesse Green Nice & Slow(7", Single, Pho) EMI, EMI Electrola 1C 006-97 399 Germany 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
1C 006-97 440 Star Studded Sham Plattencover Hello Star Studded Sham(7", Single) Bell Records, EMI Electrola 1C 006-97 440 Germany 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
1 C 058-29 591 EMI Super Hitparade Plattencover Various EMI Super Hitparade(LP, Comp) EMI, EMI, EMI Electrola, EMI Electrola 1 C 058-29 591 Germany 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
9/76 Sambario / Aiutami Plattencover Drupi (2) Sambario / Aiutami(12", Maxi, Promo) Metronome 9/76 Germany 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
1006 Cluster II Plattencover Cluster Cluster II (Album) 1006 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
0001.028 Neu! 2 Plattencover Neu! Neu! 2(LP, Album, RE, RP, Gat) Brain, Brain 0001.028 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
1045 A Meditation Mass Plattencover Yatha Sidhra A Meditation Mass(LP, Album, RE) Brain, Brain 1045 Germany 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
1074 Ypsilon In Malaysian Pale Plattencover Edgar Froese Ypsilon In Malaysian Pale(LP, Album) Brain, Brain, Brain 1074 Germany 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
0001 077 Irrlicht Plattencover Klaus Schulze Irrlicht (Album) 0001 077 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
1475 WY Der große Volksmusikschatz Aus Den Alpen Plattencover Various Der große Volksmusikschatz Aus Den Alpen(LP, Comp) Fass 1475 WY Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
1514 WY In Der Bar Um Die Ecke Plattencover André Selmer In Der Bar Um Die Ecke(LP, Album) Fass 1514 WY Germany 1968 Diese Version verkaufen
1540 WY Blaskapelle Otto Ebner Spielt Volkstümliche Weisen Plattencover Blaskapelle Otto Ebner* Blaskapelle Otto Ebner Spielt Volkstümliche Weisen(LP, Comp) Fass, Fass 1540 WY Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
1541 WY Das Große Wies'n Fass Plattencover Blaskapelle Otto Ebner* Das Große Wies'n Fass(LP, Comp) Fass 1541 WY Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
1568 WY Knuts 2. Kaputte Witzkiste (Treffen Sich Zwei...) Plattencover Knut* Knuts 2. Kaputte Witzkiste (Treffen Sich Zwei...)(LP) Fass 1568 WY Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
1570 WY 26 X Happy Bavaria Plattencover Chor & Orchester Anderl Niederleytner* 26 X Happy Bavaria(LP, Comp) Fass 1570 WY Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
3077 Mingus In Europe Volume II Plattencover Charles Mingus Quintet* Featuring Eric Dolphy Charles Mingus Quintet* Featuring Eric Dolphy - Mingus In Europe Volume II(LP, Album, Mono) Enja Records 3077 Germany 1981 Diese Version verkaufen
10.045 Karl May In Den Schluchten Des Balkan(Cass) PMC (3) 10.045 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
12 729 AT Manhattan Plattencover Charles Jérôme* Manhattan(7", Single) Hansa Record 12 729 AT Austria 1973 Diese Version verkaufen
13 176 AT Jealous Mind Plattencover Alvin Stardust Jealous Mind(7", Single, Inj) Ariola 13 176 AT Germany 1974 Diese Version verkaufen
13 220 AT Mary-Ann Good-Bye Plattencover Rex Gildo Mary-Ann Good-Bye(7", Single) Ariola 13 220 AT Germany 1974 Diese Version verkaufen
13 250 AT O Sole Mio Plattencover Peter Alexander O Sole Mio(7", Single, Inj) Ariola 13 250 AT Germany 1974 Diese Version verkaufen
13 674 AT Kinder Der Sonne Plattencover Nina & Mike Kinder Der Sonne(7", Single, Pho) Ariola 13 674 AT Germany 1974 Diese Version verkaufen
16 844 AT Die Kleine Kneipe Plattencover Peter Alexander Die Kleine Kneipe(7", Single) Ariola 16 844 AT Germany 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
17 775 AT Magic Fly Plattencover Space Magic Fly(7", Single, Inj) Hansa International 17 775 AT Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
20 166 The White Jazz Pioneers Plattencover Various The White Jazz Pioneers(LP, Comp, Club) Jazz-Story 20 166 Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
2/1043 This Is... Steamhammer Plattencover Steamhammer This Is... Steamhammer(2xLP, Comp, RE) Brain, Metronome, Brain, Metronome, Brain 2/1043 Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
26 283-2 Ouvertüren & Vorspiele Plattencover Richard Wagner Ouvertüren & Vorspiele(LP, Album, Club) Deutsche Grammophon 26 283-2 Germany 1979 Diese Version verkaufen
27 249-2 Classics Up To Date Vol. 4 - Music For Dreaming Plattencover James Last Orchestra* Classics Up To Date Vol. 4 - Music For Dreaming(LP, Album, Club) Polydor, Polydor 27 249-2 Germany 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
27 426-6 Fussball Ist Unser Leben Plattencover Die Deutsche Fußball-Nationalmannschaft* Fussball Ist Unser Leben(LP, Album, Club) Polydor 27 426-6 Germany 1973 Diese Version verkaufen
27 517-2 Böhmische Kirmes Mit Karel Gott Plattencover Karel Gott Böhmische Kirmes Mit Karel Gott(LP, Album, Club, S/Edition) Polydor 27 517-2 Germany 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
27526-3 Plattdeutsche Lieder Plattencover Hannes Wader Plattdeutsche Lieder(LP, Album, Club) Philips 27526-3 Germany 1974 Diese Version verkaufen
27 527-1 Mein Gott, Walther Plattencover Mike Krüger Mein Gott, Walther(LP, Album, Club) Philips 27 527-1 Germany 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
27 533-9 U.K.Greats Plattencover Various U.K.Greats(LP, Comp, Club) Polydor 27 533-9 Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
27 543-8 Freut Euch Des Lebens Plattencover James Last Freut Euch Des Lebens(LP, Album, Club, Mixed) Polydor 27 543-8 Germany 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
27 546-1 20 Lieder Und Chansons Plattencover Various 20 Lieder Und Chansons(LP, Comp, Club) Polydor 27 546-1 Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
27 556-0 International Plattencover Nana Mouskouri International(LP, Comp, Club) Philips 27 556-0 Germany 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
27 587-5 Das Programm Des Jahrhunderts Plattencover Various Das Programm Des Jahrhunderts(3xLP, Comp, Mono, Club + Box) Polydor 27 587-5 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
27 601-4 Das Kann Nur Liebe Sein Plattencover Margot Werner Das Kann Nur Liebe Sein(LP, Comp, Club) Polydor 27 601-4 Germany 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
27 602-2 Best Plattencover Bee Gees Best(LP, Comp, Club) RSO 27 602-2 Germany 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
27 646-9 Oxygene Plattencover Jean Michel Jarre* Oxygene(LP, Album, Club) Polydor 27 646-9 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
27 647-7 Black Is Black Plattencover Belle Epoque Black Is Black(LP, Album, Club, P/Mixed) Carrere, Polydor 27 647-7 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
27667-5 Brel Plattencover Jacques Brel Brel(LP, Album, Club) Barclay, Barclay 27667-5 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
27 690-7 The Köln Concert Plattencover Keith Jarrett The Köln Concert(2xLP, Album, Club, RE, S/Edition) ECM Records 27 690-7 Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
27 691-5 Heimatmelodie (Die Preisträger Der Löns-Medaille Singen Und Spielen Deutsche Volkslieder) Plattencover Various Heimatmelodie (Die Preisträger Der Löns-Medaille Singen Und Spielen Deutsche Volkslieder)(LP, Comp, Club) Polydor 27 691-5 Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
28 679-9 Non Stop Party 15 Plattencover James Last Non Stop Party 15(LP, Club) Polydor 28 679-9 Germany 1973 Diese Version verkaufen
28 690-6 Rock Oldies Plattencover Various Rock Oldies (Comp) 28 690-6 Germany 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
29 611-1 120' Klassik - Das Tor Zum Paradies Der Schönen Klänge - Zwei Stunden Im Zauberland Der Klassik Plattencover Various 120' Klassik - Das Tor Zum Paradies Der Schönen Klänge - Zwei Stunden Im Zauberland Der Klassik(2xLP, Comp, Clu) Fontana 29 611-1 Germany 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
29 620-2 Die Polnische Plattencover Tschaikowsky* Die Polnische(2xLP, Club) Philips 29 620-2 Germany 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
29 647-5 Winterreise D. 911 Und Lieder Nach Gedichten Von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Plattencover Franz Schubert / Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerald Moore Franz Schubert / Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerald Moore - Winterreise D. 911 Und Lieder Nach Gedichten Von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe(2xLP, Comp, Club) Deutsche Grammophon 29 647-5 Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
29 889-3 Winterträume Plattencover Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky* Winterträume(2xLP, Comp, Club) Philips 29 889-3 Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
30.036 Fall Down Plattencover Birth Control Fall Down(7", Single) Metronome 30.036 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
30.060 Yes Baby, Ich Kann Boogie (Yes Sir, I Can Boogie) Plattencover Fips Asmussen Yes Baby, Ich Kann Boogie (Yes Sir, I Can Boogie)(7", Single) Metronome, Metronome 30.060 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
0030.071 Venus Plattencover Shocking Blue Venus(7", Single) Metronome 0030.071 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
0030.077 Die Grosse Stimmungsbombe Plattencover Die Fröhlichen Spritzer Die Grosse Stimmungsbombe(7", Single) Metronome 0030.077 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
0030.083 Skateboard-Rider Plattencover Dave O'Brian (2) Skateboard-Rider(7", Single) Metronome 0030.083 Germany 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
30 627 Heurige Und Gestrige Lieder - Geschichten Aus Dem Wienerwald Plattencover Heller* Und Qualtinger* Heller* Und Qualtinger* - Heurige Und Gestrige Lieder - Geschichten Aus Dem Wienerwald(LP, Album, Club) Mandragora (2) 30 627 Austria 1980 Diese Version verkaufen
31 791 Dorische Toccata Und Fuge - Passacaglia Plattencover Johann Sebastian Bach, Karl Richter Johann Sebastian Bach, Karl Richter - Dorische Toccata Und Fuge - Passacaglia(LP, Club) Archiv Produktion 31 791 Austria 1980 Diese Version verkaufen
31 878 2 Eins & Eins Plattencover Knef* & Kaempfert* Knef* & Kaempfert* - Eins & Eins(LP, Club) Philips 31 878 2 Germany 1979 Diese Version verkaufen
32 009 Buddy Holly Peggy Sue / Rave On(7", Single) MCA Records, MCA Records 32 009 Austria 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
32 012 Rock Around The Clock / Shake, Rattle And Roll Plattencover Bill Haley And His Comets Rock Around The Clock / Shake, Rattle And Roll(7", Single) MCA Records, MCA Records 32 012 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
32.020 The End Plattencover Earl Grant The End(7") MCA Records, MCA Records, MCA Records 32.020 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
0032.038 Theme Song From "Which Way Is Up" / Disco Rufus Plattencover Stargard Theme Song From "Which Way Is Up" / Disco Rufus(7", Single) MCA Records 0032.038 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
0032.051 What You Waitin' For (Hey Mr. DJ) Plattencover Stargard What You Waitin' For (Hey Mr. DJ)(7", Single) MCA Records, MCA Records 0032.051 Germany 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
32 661 Symphonies For The 70's Plattencover Waldo De Los Rios Symphonies For The 70's(LP, Album, Club, RP) Polydor 32 661 Austria 1981 Diese Version verkaufen
0032.706 Sheila / Sweet Pea Plattencover Tommy Roe Sheila / Sweet Pea(7", Single, RE) MCA Records 0032.706 Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
32 743 7 Difficult To Cure Plattencover Rainbow Difficult To Cure(LP, Album, Club) Polydor 32 743 7 Germany 1981 Diese Version verkaufen
0034.010 Heads Down, No Nonsense, Mindless Boogie Plattencover Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias Heads Down, No Nonsense, Mindless Boogie(7", Single) Logo 0034.010 Germany 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
34 011 7 Nur Eine Frau Plattencover Margot Werner Nur Eine Frau(LP, Album, Club) Polydor 34 011 7 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
0034.015 Car 67 Plattencover Driver 67 Car 67(7", Single) Logo 0034.015 Germany 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
34 016 6 Lieder Für Dich Plattencover Marianne Rosenberg Lieder Für Dich(LP, Comp, Club) Philips 34 016 6 Germany 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
34 093 5 Sinfonie Nr. 7 D-Moll Op. 70 Plattencover Dvořák* - Colin Davis*, Concertgebouw-Orchestra, Amsterdam* Dvořák* - Colin Davis*, Concertgebouw-Orchestra, Amsterdam* - Sinfonie Nr. 7 D-Moll Op. 70(LP, Album, RE) Orbis (2) 34 093 5 Germany 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
34 113 Hats Of Glass Plattencover Eela Craig Hats Of Glass(LP, Album, Club) Vertigo 34 113 Austria 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
0034.219 I Saw Her Standing There Plattencover Elton John Band Featuring John Lennon Elton John Band Featuring John Lennon - I Saw Her Standing There(7", Single) DJM Records (2) 0034.219 Germany 1981 Diese Version verkaufen
34 226 Tales Of Mystery And Imagination Plattencover The Alan Parsons Project Tales Of Mystery And Imagination(LP, Album, Club, Gat) 20th Century Records 34 226 Austria 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
34 356 6 Weisse Weihnacht (20 Weltstars Singen Und Spielen Die 20 Schönsten Weihnachtslieder) Plattencover Various Weisse Weihnacht (20 Weltstars Singen Und Spielen Die 20 Schönsten Weihnachtslieder)(LP, Comp, Club) Polydor 34 356 6 Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
34 425 9 The Album Plattencover ABBA The Album(LP, Album, Club) Polydor 34 425 9 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
34 905 0 Symphonie Nr.9 Plattencover Ludwig van Beethoven, Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferenc Fricsay Ludwig van Beethoven, Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferenc Fricsay - Symphonie Nr.9(LP, Club) Deutsche Grammophon 34 905 0 Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
34 945 6 XII Plattencover Barclay James Harvest XII(LP, Album, Club) Polydor 34 945 6 Germany 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
34 974 6 Symphonie Nr·5 Plattencover Beethoven* - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan Beethoven* - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Symphonie Nr·5(LP, Club, RE) Deutsche Grammophon 34 974 6 Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
35.024 Come Va Plattencover Drupi (2) Come Va(7") Ricordi, Metronome 35.024 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
36.016 You Gotta Move Plattencover Etta Cameron You Gotta Move(7", Single) Barclay 36.016 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
0036.031 I Love America Part I&II Plattencover Patrick Juvet I Love America Part I&II(7", Single) Barclay 0036.031 Germany 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
37.008 N.Y., You Got Me Dancing Plattencover Andrea True Connection N.Y., You Got Me Dancing(7", Single) Buddah Records 37.008 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
38 138 4 Italienisches Konzert BWV 971 / Chromatische Fantasie Und Fuge BWV 903 Plattencover Johann Sebastian Bach / Alfred Brendel Johann Sebastian Bach / Alfred Brendel - Italienisches Konzert BWV 971 / Chromatische Fantasie Und Fuge BWV 903(LP, Clu) Philips 38 138 4 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
38 279 6 Equinoxe Plattencover Jean Michel Jarre* Equinoxe(LP, Album, Club) Polydor 38 279 6 Germany 1979 Diese Version verkaufen
38 323 2 Meine Poetischen Lieder Plattencover Konstantin Wecker Meine Poetischen Lieder(LP, Comp, Club) Polydor 38 323 2 Germany 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
38366 1 American Generation Plattencover The Ritchie Family American Generation(LP, Album, Club, P/Mixed) Metronome, Metronome 38366 1 Germany 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
38 870 Copacabana - Happy Dancing Plattencover James Last Copacabana - Happy Dancing(LP, Album, Club) Polydor 38 870 Austria 1979 Diese Version verkaufen
38 958 5 9 Symphonien Plattencover Beethoven*, Karajan*, Berliner Philharmoniker Beethoven*, Karajan*, Berliner Philharmoniker - 9 Symphonien(Box, Club + 8xLP, RE) Deutsche Grammophon 38 958 5 Germany 1979 Diese Version verkaufen
0039.050 Cadillac Cafe Plattencover Waterloo & Robinson Cadillac Cafe(7", Single) Metronome, Atom 0039.050 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
40.019 Gold Rock Plattencover Birth Control Gold Rock (Album) 40.019 Germany 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
40.033 The White Jazz Pioneers Plattencover Various The White Jazz Pioneers(LP, Comp) Jazz-Story 40.033 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
40.039 20 Deutsche Tophits Plattencover Various 20 Deutsche Tophits(LP, Comp) Metronome 40.039 Germany 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
0040.054 Speech Plattencover Steamhammer Speech(LP, Album, RE, Bla) Brain 0040.054 Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
0040.195 Sulmtaler Dirndln Plattencover Sulmtaler Dirndln Sulmtaler Dirndln(LP, Comp) Metronome 0040.195 Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
40 730 4 Träumerei (Die Schönsten Klavierstücke Von Chopin ⋅ Debussy ⋅ Liszt ⋅ Mendelssohn-Bartholdy ⋅ Schumann Und Vielen Anderen) Plattencover Various Träumerei (Die Schönsten Klavierstücke Von Chopin ⋅ Debussy ⋅ Liszt ⋅ Mendelssohn-Bartholdy ⋅ Schumann Und Vielen Anderen)(LP, Comp) Deutsche Grammophon 40 730 4 Germany Unknown Diese Version verkaufen

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24. Oktober 2020
The Hannover plant, whether called Phonodisc, Deutsche Grammophon, PRS or whatever, consistently produced in my experience the finest quality classical pressings anywhere except Japan. I could buy a Hannover pressed disc in the certainty it would be silent surfaced and expertly cut. Other German plants were very good - Sonopress, Teldec etc. but DG as I prefer to call them were the best. An article in Gramophone magazine (can't remember the year) about a visit by one of their reviewers remarked how few staff there were compared with ? years ago as all the presses were now automatic. The less human handling the better. I found here in the U.K. Decca ran them close in pressing quality.