||?MAXIMUM HIGH DEFINITION DIRECT COPPER 2 VINYL (MHD DC2V)"
After more than forty years releasing some of the best in what is now called "Americana" music (bluegrass, folk, country-rock, etc.), John Delgatto, Founder and President of Sierra Records, announces Sierra's re-entry into the vinyl record manufacturing arena with its audiophile imprint, "SIERRA HIGH FIDELITY," with its inaugural releases targeted for later this year. John began his career in the late 1960s as the weekend engineer at the top FM radio station in Southern California, KCBH-FM. In the early 1970s, he was a disc mastering engineer at United Sound Recorders in Burbank, California, replacing the legendary Stan Ricker, and working with such diverse artists to his credits as Elvis Presley, Stan Kenton, Lee Michaels, Phillip Glass, Graham Nash, George Winston and others.
In 1983, Sierra Records' release, produced by John, of "Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris" live recording of "Love Hurts", received a Grammy Nomination. Since the mid 90s, John has exclusively represent the audio archives of noted L.A. record producer, the late Jim Dickson (Byrds, Gene Clark, Lenny Bruce, Lord Buckley, Gram Parsons, Flying Burrito Brothers). Dickson along with his partner Eddie Tickner were mentors to John and he has carried on with their work representing this genre of music.
With a commitment to manufacture the highest quality phonograph record for the 21st Century, SIERRA HIGH FIDELITY albums will be manufactured with all the best features and characteristics of those rare and often-expensive vinyl pressings of long ago, but utilizing today's highly advanced technologies and techniques. Unlike some new vinyl records that are unscrupulously disc mastered from CD masters or other forms of digital files SIERRA HIGH FIDELITY releases will be mastered from original analog audio tapes or the high quality original metal masters if they still exist and found to be of exceptional quality.
Catering to the "high end" audiophile listener who prefers vinyl as the THE medium for sound reproduction, SIERRA HIGH FIDELTY vinyl records will be pressed using special die molds made of Cr-Ni steel. These special die molds feature quick heating and cooling with rapid dismounting, patterned after both the 'Fabelmo' pressing molds from Belgium considered to have been the best ever produced and the record molds used by Japan Victor Company (JVC) of Japan in 1970s, to create a 180-200 gram, ultra high quality, flat profile, disc. Several special PVC compound formula are currently being tested, including one that was manufactured by the same chemical company that supplied JVC with a highly polymerized synthetic resin containing high vinyl acetate content, derived from a vinyl chloride, vinyl acetate co-polymer called 'Super Vinyl'. Further, this improved compound will be free of "toluene," tin or lead, making it also more environmentally friendly compared to compounds used in the past and by current so-called audiophile vinyl pressing plants.
The first album releases will utilize Sierra's 1980's original half-speed mastered, metal masters and mothers, processed by the late Richard 'Slim' Doss at the legendary Sheffield Lab Matrix processing plant. These original metal masters have been preserved from those days when many thought vinyl was dead! New titles not utilizing these original metal parts will be processed and released as "MAXIMUM HIGH DEFINITION DIRECT COPPER 2 VINYL (MHD DC2V)" records. This most direct process from analog to vinyl begins with the disc mastering from only the original analog master tapes by Direct Metal Mastering (DMM) at the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios in London, the legendary studio home of the Beatles and Pink Floyd and others. This "direct copper master" will then be used to directly process (also known as "galvanics/electoplating") the actual metal stampers that will be used to press each Sierra's "MAXIMUM HIGH DEFINITION DIRECT COPPER 2 VINYL" records. This is more direct than the conventional "1 Step Converting Lacquer to Metal" process. As a final touch, only befitting this highest of quality true audiophile fans truly deserve, these albums will be packaged in a special presentation collector's jacket/box.
SIERRA HIGH FIDELTY audiophile releases will go beyond the "Americana" labeled music by exploring all forms of music genres, both vintage and new, unique in their performance and analog in their recording. We hope you will enjoy and support Sierra's efforts to bring you, our loyal fans, the quality of product and sound you've consistently demonstrated that you truly appreciate and deserve.