Merge Records staysmartxxx

July 20, 2018
Wow - did not realise some vinyl pressing are so crappy - good to know even though I am most keen on digital releases but my daughter is digging vinyl but mainly Neil Diamond! Haha - thanks Notec!

Merge Records notec

August 19, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
Merge are not the makers of good quality vinyl records. Both in sound quality and physical product. For starters, the outer jackets are made from cheap "thin" brown paper pulp and the vinyl itself is by and large a noisy affair (most likely from the use of recycled vinyl) which produces horrible sound quality issues. I've ordered directly from the label and "every single LP" I have received via this channel have had corner bumps or creases.

Their vinyl of the past 3 years is always warped (with the exception of the 180 gram releases). Many pretty badly (how it got passed QA is a head scratcher.)

So all you bands that I like - find a better label to make your records....

Merge Records movceo

September 29, 2018
Merge Records uses many different pressing plants, so their vinyl quality will be all over the map. I did find them very helpful when I got a bad pressing, so I am not too worried about buying their releases. I find they have stepped away from using the really crappy plants like URP and Rainbo in recent years.

Merge Records rrgg

September 5, 2018
All the albums of Destroyer that I got are in perfect conditions and sound incredible.

Merge Records zigwammy

April 16, 2018
My 180g issue of "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" is one of the quietest and best sounding records in my collection.