Quality Record Pressings (QRP)

Flag United States of America

Type of the Service

Vinyl pressing plant

Established in



140 g, 150 g, 180 g, 200 g




QRP operates three different kinds of record presses that include Toolex Alpha (made in Sweden), SMT (Southern Machine & Tool Corp. of Nashville, Tennessee) and Finebilt (of Los Angeles). The Toolex Alpha and SMT presses are automated, while the Finebilt presses are manual, but all feature important add-ons. Those innovations include adding microprocessors to the presses. Microprocessors allow both the operator and the engineer a level of control capability and feedback simply unavailable with manual valves and control systems. Second by second, the press operator can monitor and maintain production standards and press systems. The engineer can spot and correct variations as they occur. To date, presses have closed and opened based on time. That time was set according to what the press engineer predicted would be the stamper’s temperature. We’ve now developed a die with an imbedded temperature sensor so that the presses at QRP will close and open precisely when the temperature is correct. Inevitably, a plant’s support water temperatures, cooling water temperatures and steam pressures will fluctuate throughout the day. By setting the presses to cycle by temperature, we can correct for all of those variations. It means a consistent sweet spot. We’ve also installed a unique double steam valve system that reduces die temperature cycle time and provides a finely tuned level of temperature control so that records are produced without the temperature variations that result in record inconsistency. And we’ve brought all of the extruders back to their original specifications, again to control the temperature of the vinyl. The most common errors we all hear in defective records today has to do with overheated vinyl. _________________________________________________________________________________________ In 2015 QRP announced that 13 additional presses will soon go online at its Salina, Kansas facility after they discovered them in a Chicago warehouse. The inventory consists of ten Hamilton presses, two SMTs, and one Lened. With the addition of the lucky thirteen, upon their restoration and installation QRP will have a 27 press capacity, making it among the country's largest record pressing plants. (Source: http://www.analogplanet.com/content/garage-sale-find-has-qrp-adding-13-additional-record-presses)

Minimum quantity


Test pressing


Turnaround time

4+ months

Heavy vinyl


Сentre labels

One colour, Full colour


"Our entire focus is towards the goal of pressing the finest records the world has ever known." Quality Record Pressings was born out of parent company Acoustic Sounds, Inc., which music entrepreneur Chad Kassem started in 1986 as a mail-order business specializing in the sale of audiophile vinyl LPs, SACDs, DVD-Audios, high-quality CDs and high-end stereo equipment. By launching his own vinyl pressing plant, Kassem sought to end increasing delays in getting his records pressed, both reissues as well as those from authentic and legendary living blues artists recording on Kassem’s APO (Analogue Productions Originals) record label. Kassem also sought to raise the quality of LP production by investing in innovative pressing technology.

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Please be advised: Quality Record Pressings is not accepting new orders at this time. As capacity becomes available, they will again be open to new orders. Please stay tuned to the website for any updates.



Dear Ladies and Gentleman, my name is Andre Schneider, owner and managing director of Japan-Records and Katta-Sleeves. Based on my past 20 years of experience in vinyl I have built up in recent years a distribution structure for Records (Vinyl) Accessories. My core competence is in the area of ​​sales of Japanese vinyls - already in the late 90s, I noticed that miscellaneous in Japan have a significantly higher quality than European products Accessories (inlay sleeves). Thus I chose this quality advantage to use also for the European market. Therefore, I have found business partners in Japan, with which I have manufactured accessories on very high standards. (the entire production chain is based in Japan). These products are already successfully marketed (distributed) in Japan. I own the distribution rights for the entire European market and would like to hereby express our product portfolio closer. Constantly telling me customers that even with new records, that damages on vinyl are available, due to the paper inlays. There may be an opportunity to optimize your product range (limited editions, heavy weight vinyl etc.). From my own experience I can convincingly report that the sales of our products is steadily increasing, especially in the wholesaler and retail market. Also to consider that usage of materials that make our products high quality , therefore the Sleeve are antistatic and have a very precise fit. I gladly would present our product portfolio in person, would appreciate an appointment. Of course, I will send you also sample copies, to convince you of the excellent quality. I am sure that become a real added value to your products. For more information, please visit www.katta-sleeves.com I would appreciate a response on your part, I remain Sincerely Andre Schneider managing Director KATTA sleeves Japan Records

Andre Schneider

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