Record Store Day has now come and gone, but what remains, as it has year after year, is that lingering distaste over the fact that the one piece of vinyl you came for left hours before you even got there. With the popularity of vinyl releases increasing each passing day, supplies have grown thin and the need for supplementary pressing plants has followed, quite naturally.
But fear not, stocks of wax may be on the up in the months ahead due to the rise of state-of-the-art pressing facilities, really a call back to the fully-automated pressing machines of years past, when vinyl was the main (and preferred) medium of music consumption. Texan record label, Hand Drawn Records, has unveiled plans to go live with their own newly redesigned facilities this fall, promising new levels of efficiency and rates of production that would bring the vinyl manufacturing industry to an entirely new standard. You can check out the blueprints for their new machines here, but if all goes according to plan, we should be feeling the effects of this new push by the end of 2016. Finally, you’ll have the best possible chance of copping that ultra-rare Stankonia reissue.