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Now you can buy your own vinyl pressing machine

Phonocut allows you to create custom vinyl records in your home
(Image credit: Phonocut)

A vinyl lathe that allows you to plug in an audio cable, hit play and let the stylus cut you a 10-inch record in real time? OK, we're listening.

Here's how the Phonocut works: you place a vinyl 'blank' on the platter, connect to the music input of your choice, press the start button... and wait. In real time and (thanks to a companion app which formats your glorious arrangement to better fit onto two, 15-minute sides) the machine's diamond stylus sets about etching that soundwave to your vinyl's surface. 

Usually requiring a trip to a rather expensive pressing house and an order of several thousand records, the ability to press your own vinyl is now within reach of, well, almost anyone. 

You can find the Phonocut on Kickstarter at the special preorder price of €999 for the next four days, although the company doesn't plan to ship the first run of units until December 2020. A long time to wait? Perhaps. But some of us have waited decades for that call – you know, the one asking us to come into the studio and cut our very first record. So, what's another year? 

We'd suggest a brutal clear out to buy yourself some space; maybe even a vinyl-housing furniture investment to accommodate your entire creative ouevre – the possibilities are endless, after all. With cassettes now popular again, the opportunity to create a mix-record (see what we did there) surely achieves new levels of cool. 


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Becky is the newest staff writer on What Hi-Fi? and can most-often be found writing, reviewing and drinking coffee in the listening facility, or at her desk next to a stack of mags. (She is probably wearing in-ears, so don't be put off if she's unresponsive.) She supports Chelsea even when it hurts, and her other half is a football writer whose skill both amazes and irritates her.