Record Industry took over the operation of Sony/CBS, Haarlem, and, with 33 presses, became the largest vinyl pressing plant in the world.
How to identify vinyl pressings:
After Record Industry took over the plant they continued to use the Sony/CBS computer numbers, starting with 08-40000-20 and continued this notation until March 2004 up to number 08-54249-20.
08 ##### AA BCD E, where
08 ##### is a RI specific sequential identifier
AA is the two digit format identifier. Known formats:
20 = 12" and LP
10 = 10"
04 = 7"
B is the cut number. Often simply a 1, sometimes a 2. In rare cases the cut number may be even higher.
C is the side identifier, e.g. A, B. On double A side releases, the side identifier will still use "B" for the AA side.
D is the stamper number. Usually 1.
E is the catalogue number assigned by the record label.
The whole string is stamped in the runout area.
08 45171 20 1A1 ASP 011
08 45171 20 1B1 ASP 011
08 53606 20 2A1 SIG 005
08 52222 10 1A1 MM 1040
08 53586 04 1A1 NHS 7004
Only add 08 ##### AA (e.g. 08 53586 20) as LCCN number.
In march 2004, the plant dropped the 08- and format identifier and continued with a simple 5 digit code, starting with number 54250.
When number 99999 was reached in 2014, they continued with number 10000.
The sequential numbers continue up until today.
Current matrix scheme:
##### XY Z
##### is the sequential RI specific matrix number.
X is the cut number. Often simply a 1, sometimes a 2. In rare cases the cut number may be even higher.
Y is the side identifier, e.g. A, B. On double A side releases, the side identifier will still use "B" for the AA side.
Z is the catalogue number assigned by the label.
Usually, the whole string is stamped into the runout area, however etched versions may occasionally appear too.
94465 1A SDRVNYL 001
94465 1B SDRVNYL 001
93512 1A CLS 025
Only add ##### (e.g. 94465 or 10345) as LCCN number.