Records

Canada Post & Vinyl LPs

It appears that Canada Post may have decided to classify record LPs as fragile items, in essence removing their liability as per their section 12.1.2 (c) of their General Terms and Conditions :

“Canada Post shall have no liability for damage of shipments containing Fragile Items. Fragile Items include but are not limited to ceramic, glass, porcelain, mirrors, crystal, pottery, china, perishable items or items requiring refrigeration or temperature-controlled transportation.”

I have personally never received broken LPs by mail, having last received a rape LP in the summer. But this causes me to be a bit nervous, although i’m sure most retailers will do their best to package vinyl correctly.

I guess I would suggest that you choose a courier other than Canada Post/Xpresspost or Purolator when shipping rare items that are fragile. The later also has a policy removing liability on fragile items and “Collectors’ items”.

Federal Express will insure collectible items up to $100 according to their policies (pdf) and UPS will require prior approval on these items. But shipments originating from the United States may have better coverage through these services so you might want to investigate your options when you order vinyl records and collectibles from abroad.

New Turntable Technology

“Love” is a new record player that broadcasts music from your vinyl records to wi-fi and to speakers via Bluetooth. Click here for more information about this new product’s Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Vinyl : Good News / Bad News

The Good News – A new 20,000 sq. ft vinyl record pressing plant will open in Burlington, Ontario in a few days and it will be the second largest plant in North America. Precision Record Pressing Incorporated will be handling independent releases, including some from Isotope Music, and major releases from Universal and Sony Canada.

The Bad News – Music blogger Pitchfork has reported that some independent records stores in the states have had their accounts closed by WEA, Warner Music’s distributor, because they’ve had less than $10,000 in orders per year. If this continues smaller retailers in the states might have issues keeping albums from Warner and their subsidiaries in stock.

Looking For Custom Vinyl ?

Are you looking for someone to press your favourite songs onto vinyl ? Diginyl may be the answer.

This German company is looking for funds to start a custom vinyl pressing service though Kickstarter and it will be offering compilations on black, transparent or picture vinyl as of June 2016.

Click here for additional information on this project.

Columbia House To Return ?

Apparently the investor that purchased the remnants of Columbia House for US$1.5 million has told The Wall Street Journal that he is planning on reviving the club to take advantage of the resurgence of vinyl.

Filmed Entertainment Inc. had filed for Chapter 11 protection on August 10th, 2015 and has had some of their assets purchased by John Lippman, the CEO of Filmed Entertainment Inc.

Details on the new version of the club are light but a site will be appearing at columbiahouserecordclub.com in 2016, although I seriously doubt Canadians will be able to take advantage of any initial offer.

Vinyl Store Listings Fixed

Didn’t notice that something had happened to my vinyl record store listings. Corrected it tonight. Don’t forget to contact me if you know of any more. Thanks.