The Master List of runout information. This list is a culmination of all the other lists that have been compiled in the disucssion forums.
XXXXX: identified part of runout area
S, H or HS? Stamped, Hand-Etched or Hand-Etched Script ?
Add a company: Lacquer Cut At / Plated At / Mastered At / Pressed By a company.
Add a credit: Lacquer Cut By or Lacquer Cut By (giving credit to the Mastering Engineer).
Location Link: Company website. Not needed on the submission - just a point of reference.
Example: A linked example.
Please don't make updates to submissions until they have been discussed at the Runout Forum!
Decision: Plated By
Decision: Lacquer Cut At / By vs. Mastered At / By
Reference: RCA Victor Master Serial Number Codes - 1942-1980's
External Reference: Anoraks Corner
External Reference: UK Matrix Numbers
1 (only valid for US pressings)
S, H or HS? S
Add a company: Pressed By - MCA Gloversville
Note: Plant also identifiable by a ✤ (45s) or a ◉ (LPs) on the B-side labels.
Occasionally, a G appears in the runouts.
1 STEP or 2 STEP or 3 STEP
S, H or HS? H
Add a credit: Mastered At - Musicol
Note: Indicates the mastering process:
1 step = no mothers, just stampers;
2 step = mothers, stampers;
3 step = fathers, mothers, stampers.
-xU-m-n (e.g. -1U-1-7) (only valid for UK pressings since July 1973)
S, H or HS? S
Add a company: Pressed By - EMI Records
Note: Placed at 6 o'clock, where U indicates a contract pressing for a non-EMI label.
The number before U stands for the number of the cut.
Note: Placed at 3 o'clock are 1 or more letters from GRAMOPHLTD, indicating the stamper numbers:
G=1 R=2 A=3 M=4 O=5 P=6 H=7 L=8 T=9 D=0.
The pressing plants and their codes are listed here as a group (and not individually):
@cul: Lacquer Cut By - Robert Henke
AT: (on US Atlantic pressings from the 1950s) Pressed By - MGM Records Division
“Soundmaster” Lionel @ Translab, Paris: Lacquer Cut By - Lionel Nicod at Translab
D1. or .D1. or D2 or .D2.: Lacquer Cut By - Anne-Marie Terrazzoni
If you own or have found a runout with any of the marks on the list, please provide the link and it will be moved to the List of identified etchings.
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