Flexi Sheets

Phonograph Lathe Cut Records

New York Lathe Cuts is a lacquer cutting service for the production of phonograph records. 

Lathe Cutting Process


"My lathe cut records are at the same level as the N.A.B. standard test record CBS LABS # STR-151 reference level of "0" db @1000 Hz" the average 45 pressed record level is +4 db above that N.A.B standard level.

Shortest turnaround time, and no minimum order! If you would like to place  an order, by calling or texting 917-580-0052, 


Lathe cut records are made from clear polycarbonate plastic and cut one at a time. They are made by cutting  into lacquer 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 used by the pressing plants.


My clear polycarbonate records start out as a square piece of plastic, then it is trimmed into a round disc after it's recorded. (SEE PHOTO).

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

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.


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

Located 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:


You can have your record made from any audio source, digital music files, cassettes, even your vinyl collection. Specializing in embossed phonograph lathe cut records and Flexi discs / Sound sheets made of polycarbonate, Each disc recorded in real time for limited runs of 20 or less.

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

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. 

Lathe cut recording process

Lathe cut recording process


Recording Polycarbonate Records

 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.


The QUALITY on a embossed phonograph and lathe cut record is by no means, LO-FI, noisy, hollow sounding than the quality on a cut record. Some copies may have  a few seconds of noise at random times, but generally 90% of them will sound fine. 10% may have some surface noise.

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. Be sure your tonearm has the  "ANTI- SKATING" adjusted  at the right setting.

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,

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




All Orders Must Be Paid Up Front I Full Before Work Begins

 Custom Disc Diameter Sizes Can Be Made To Your Specifications.


 Price includes a “flat” cut. This means I do a transfer of the supplied master with no changes.

Reference Embossed Polycarbonate records 

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)

8" Square - Flexi up to 7 mins.    -     $6.00 per side (Max Qty.25)

 Same Price for All Quantities  1 to 25  Large And Small Hole  INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING  NOT AVAILABLE. 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. This disc afterwards will be trimmed round to the right diameter


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