Lathe Cut Records That Sound Good As Pressed Vinyl Records


Lathe cut records are made from clear polycarbonate plastic and cut one at a time. They are made by cutting or embossing grooves into plastic, using a record cutting lathe. These lathes were normally used in the vinyl record manufacturing  process, to cut the lacquer/ acetate master discs used to make the metal  stampers. 

My records start out as a square clear piece of plastic, then it is trimmed into a round disc after recording. (SEE PHOTO ON THE RIGHT)

A lacquer cut on with a stereo cutter head will result in a stereo playback. But  embossing a polycarbonate disc with a stereo cutter head will result a MONO play back and it will skip randomly when playing it back.

New York Lathe Cuts  offers the lowest prices in the USA for small run/one off custom vinyl records for bands, artists, and any record label, etc. These gramophone records are  High fidelity, HIGH QUALITY stereo lathe cuts; they sound comparable to a record pressing. 

I manufacture both record embossing /cutting styli and random sizes of disc records.

If you don't own a lathe  you can get in touch with me to place an order for custom made lathe cuts at (917) 580-0052 Text or Call.


Stereo phonograph records done on our
record cutting lathe. Short run lathe cuts that sound good as a pressed vinyl record.

New  York Lathe Cuts - Is a acetate lacquer record cutting  service in New York City,  headed by record cutting engineer Rich Flores, known  for cutting The  Misfits first 45 vinyl, "Cough Cool" in 1977 manufactured at The Romaba pressing plant. Check out the Discogs link below:

Manufacturing phonograph records and reference lacquers. You can have them made from any audio source, digital music files, cassettes, even your vinyl collection.

Specializing in embossed phono lathe cut records made of polycarbonate,  A record store may not have them yet.

The grooves are embossed on polycarbonate plastic. Each disc recorded in real time for limited runs of 20  pressings or less.

I can cut lacquers or emboss polycarbonate vinyls, shellac  reference discs, LPs  on the same Scully lathe, by just changing the sapphire  stylus.

The  QUALITY on an embossed lathe cut record is by no means, noisy, hollow  sounding than the quality on a cut record. However, the music on an  embossed record is slightly lower in volume. For good results, please provide a good quality audio file, be sure your tonearm has a anti skating adjustment on your record player.

Fast turn around times for a few copies, usually 1 to 2 days.

For quantities of 20, about 1 week - I don't do last minute cutting!

No in person pick-ups !

Our custom lathe cuts will not play on all record players. 

A turntable with a worn out needle and dose not have a counter weighted tone arm, will not play properly.

For best results try them on a good audiophile turntable and it should work fine. 

Lathe cut recording process

Lathe cut recording process


Record Price List



All orders must be paid up front in FULL before work begins.


Custom Disc Diameter Sizes Can be made To Your Specifications

Price reduced Due To A bad Economy - Effective  January 1, 2020

 7" Disc  - 33 rpm  EP up to 7 mins  - $6.00 per side (Max Qty. 25)

7" Disc - 45 rpm  up to  4 mins    -     $5.00 per side (Max Qty. 25)

Same Price for All Quantities  1 to 25 

Large And Small Hole 


All records shipped Flat Rate USPS Priority Mail.

Shipping Pricing

Flat Rate Envelope 12″ x 15″ and  9 1/2" x 12 1/2" $7.75

Small Flat Rate Box -  8-5/8" x 5-3/8" x 1-5/8" $8.30

Medium Flat Rate Box - 11 1⁄4″ x 8 3⁄4″ x 6″ $15.05

All Sales Are final No refunds.

These Are Custom Made Items.




Available in clear polycarbonate - Black discs are a special order.

I don't print jackets. 

Plain labels available at no charge.

Large hole 45 rpm records for the Juke Box

Large hole 45 rpm records for the Juke Box

Turntable Setup for Beginners

This explains a very important detail instruction in setting up your ANTI-SKATING adjustment that is crucial for playing embossed lathe cuts.


You can hear the problem with SIBILANT in the vocal track. That is the reason  you must have the track mastered for vinyl. I will not fix this.

The disc afterwards will be trimmed round


Recording Polycarbonate Records

The QUALITY on a embossed phono lathe cut record is by no means, noisy hollow sounding than the quality on a cut record. However, the music on an embossed record is slightly lower in volume.

The grooves on a lathe cut phonograph record are embossed, not cut, they are not as deep. This does not affect audio or the sound quality, a turntable with a damaged or worn out playback stylus will tend to skate, and will not track properly.

Occasionally your playback stylus will land between the grooves, resulting in a strange, distorted playback. In this case, simply lift the tone arm, and drop it again in a slightly different position, or just gently nudge the stylus.

You will hear the needle pop into the groove, and the  audio will clear up. The audio on a lathe cut record can't be recorded in stereo, otherwise it will not emboss properly, lathe cuts are about 4 to 6db quieter.

If recorded at a louder volume your turntable's needle will jump out of  the groove and it will skip. If recorded correctly clicks and pops and surface noise will not be noticeable with our sapphire recording stylus.


Embossed lathe cuts can't be BACK-TRACKED or DJ-SCRATCHED as in HIPHOP music, this is the characteristics of embossed lathe cut record, no matter who makes them.

Polycarbonate embossed lathe cut record

Polycarbonate embossed lathe cut record


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