Linda Ronstadt's LIVING IN THE U.S.A. LP Test Pressing
Dead Wax Etchings:
1 - 1 6E 155 A SP TML-M
1 - 1 6E 155 B SP TML-M
The "1 - 1" notation identifies that the stamper (stamping plate) that
There is no marking on this recording that indicates which lacquer was
The "6E 155 A and B" notation identifies the record/stock # and the side.
The "SP" notation identifies the pressing plant as Specialty Records.
The "TML-M" notation identifies
The Mastering Lab as the facility where the lacquer
The LP jacket was generic blank white with this 8 X 11 sheet attached:
This record arrived by overnight courier on 31 August 1978. (I still
have the packaging.) I'm
not sure if it had ever been played prior to being sent to me, but since that date, it has only
been played once. I cleaned and re-calibrated my turntable before making one recording onto
a 4-channel multi-sync reel to reel recorder. That recording and a few cassettes made from the
reel to reel, were used to listen to the recording until the stock copies were released a month
later. Actually the white label promos arrived about 2 weeks later, and I did play them some,
but this platter has only had one needle-pass since it arrived.
Test pressings are often the best quality pressings of the run, as the
stampers, mothers, and metal
masters used in manufacturing wear away a little each time they are used. Test pressings are always
the first, followed by white label promos. By the time stock copies get pressed, only the
codes in the dead wax (run-out groove) give any clue as to how early your copy is.