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Supertramp - hot stamper?
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July 01, 2012, 08:14:36 AM
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I know it's been a while since I've posted anything new - I've been really busy working on some other side projects and working on some new features for VinylAudio.  :)

It seems like every time I stop at a thrift store I find at least one Supertramp LP in the pile. I must have 3-5 copies of every one of their albums by now. On my last trip, I picked up a copy of Supertramp - Breakfast in America that upon listening to it when I got home, struck me as what some collectors would call a 'hot stamper'. The term 'hot stamper' (to me anyway) simply means a pressing that has sound quality that is a cut above your average pressing. It could be one of the first LP's pressed, or extra care was taken making the stamper. Either way, out of all the copies I have of this album, this one stands out. The mid range purity and separation is very good. His voice sounds amazing with a very nice reverb trail that seems to go deeper in the mix than my other copies. You can also easily hear the layering of the vocals in the chorus. The treble sounds very open, 'ethereal' and extended with great emotional impact. the harmonic is sharp, clean, clean with nice bite. The drums have nice PRAT and blend well with the rest of the instruments.

(It's a little dirty so the beginning has some surface noise and clicks/pops. I didn't get to give it a thorough cleaning yet.)

Take a listen, see if you agree:
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(There's a website called Better Records that specialize and sell 'hot stampers', but their prices are ridiculous.)
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