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Lathe cut records are seldomly perfectly hi-fi. The technology of the cutting heads has improved dramatically however and they are certainly much better than they use to be and often will be the same quality as pressed vinyl. .. If you are wanting hi-fidelity records then I'm sorry to say that this may not be the place for you, but then neither would a cheap vinyl pressing plant.. For details and suggestions regards mastering please refer to the mastering page.
Polycarbonate plastic is also very prone to build up of static electricity and lathe cuts are, as a result, virtual dust magnets.. The common problem of distorted crackly lathe cuts can usually be solved very quickly and easily by gently wiping them in a circular motion with a dry towel.
Sometimes people have reported skipping records. Peter suggests that the most likely problem will be with the stylus on the players you are using. The lathe cut grooves are cut at a perfect 45* angle. If there is any wear on the tip of the stylus this means that the resulting faults will be more severe than on a regular vinyl record. Another common stylus related fault can be a build-up of dust under the needle itself. Peter says that this can be quickly remedied by flicking the dust off the stylus.