DANISH™ has decided to take a look at a modern-day vinyl pressing plant and a cabinetmaker company in search of the answer as to why electronics and sound equipment from the past are experiencing such high interest at the moment.
Anker Cases is a Danish cabinetmaker company that specializes in sturdy flight cases for musicians and high-end studio desks for television and radio companies. When asked what it is that makes old gear so popular among hi-fi-customers, owner Jens Hvass says: ‘Nostalgia definitely plays a big part in this. In the past, there were a lot of funkier designs on the market when it came to amplifiers, cabinets and sound systems. Today, these have all been given a much more streamlined look and it’s important for the products to fit in instead of standing out – with a few exceptions.’
Hvass points out that the sensation of having high-quality gear from the old days in your hands is something quite special for an audiophile: ‘A lot of old equipment still works to this day – many years after it was produced – and I think that it is the unique sound and feel of a bygone – and maybe better – time that appeals to a lot of people.’
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Anker Cases was established in the mid-eighties based on a wish to take care of fine instruments, as founder Anker Andersen saw a need for high-quality flight cases for himself and his musical colleagues. To this day, Anker Cases is focused on delivering the best way of transporting fragile and expensive gear.
‘We have people coming in with cases that are 30 years old that only need to have a wheel or a butterfly changed. We’ve made thousands of cases through the years and we live by our sense of quality – whether it’s flight cases, editing desks, speaker cabinets or something completely different,’ says Hvass.
Photo courtesy of Anker Cases
According to Hvass, Anker Cases’ flight cases are made in roughly the same way as they were 30 years ago, hand-made by a cabinetmaker who glues Formica on to the plywood panel until the last rivet is nailed to the case.
‘But we’re not utilizing a completely definite working approach – this way is only to make sure that the quality is top-notch when you order a product at Anker Cases – because there are certainly cheaper alternatives out there,’ says Hvass.
In spite of the majority of vinyl sales coming to an end in the late eighties, there has been a remarkable increase in physical records sold in the last few years. Danish vinyl-pressing company RPM Records is located on the outskirts of Copenhagen and has found a way to make a benefit of this tendency. It is using an old technology in new ways with its fully automatic Viryl Technologies WarmTone pressing machine.
This pressing system was created in 2017 and RPM Records claims that it provides a groundbreaking way of producing the old music media at a speed that has never been seen before. With the WarmTone pressing machine, RPM Records offers a delivery that is four times faster than that managed by competing services.
Photo courtesy of RPM Records
Even though it is devoted to the timeless vinyl traditions, RPM Records wants to support a sustainable future of vinyl record production. It is therefore dedicated to lifting production standards in a modern era with increasing demand for vinyl records. It wants to offer new premium-quality records with the lowest possible pollution rate as opposed to conventional record pressing.
RPM Records started pressing on 13 March 2018 and at the time of writing they offer records in 7- and 12-inch scale.