I did a vinyl single in 2001. Even then - before the iPod - not a lot of people bought 'em, but I'm so glad I did it. I went to the mastering session (taking the 1/4" mix on the plane with me - it was a 100% analog recording, no digital processes at all) just so I could see the lathe and scratch cryptic messages in the inner groove. I love vinyl so much. Hope I get the chance (or make the indulgent excuse) to do it again. Daryl Shawn www.swanwelder.com www.chinapaintingmusic.com > We've thought about doing custom eye patches with our logo. I mean, > some bands do thongs so why not eye patches? It'd sell to the Pirate > demographic. > > On a more serious level, what about vinyl records as merch? I work at > a record store (yes, they do still exist), and easily a fourth of our > sales are vinyl. I've seen a number of bands who will release a disc > on vinyl and include a free MP3 download of the CD, thus bypassing the > whole CD medium. Anybody here pressed vinyl recently? My last one was > an EP from 1991.