Common runout groove etchings: how to list them

This page is WORK IN PROGRESS - it serves demonstration purposes only.

For discussion/additions, please refer to the Runout Forum!

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Introduction

The Master List of runout information. This list is a culmination of all the other lists that have been compiled in the disucssion forums.

How to read the format:

XXXXX: identified part of runout area
S, H or HS? Stamped, Hand-Etched or Hand-Etched Script ?
Add a company: Lacquer Cut At / Plated At / Mastered At / Pressed By a company.
Add a credit: Lacquer Cut By or Lacquer Cut By (giving credit to the Mastering Engineer).
Location Link: Company website. Not needed on the submission - just a point of reference.
Example: A linked example.

Useful hints

  1. S, H or HS does not mean to split the runout strings up into stamped or etched parts. It's preferred to leave the runout string in one line.
  2. Please use ANVs or Aliases according to the Discogs guidelines. Also respect the Capitalization Guideline.
  3. Don't include the mastering studio as part of the signature. E.g. for "John At XXX", credit "John" as the mastering engineer and "XXX" in the LCCN fields as the mastering studio / pressing plant.
    4) Do not use Mastered By [Vinyl Cut] but Lacquer Cut By.
    5) DMM cuts should be credited as Mastered By [DMM] / Mastered At.
    6) Metalworkers should be credited as Plated By.
    7) When unsure about the role use Mastered By / At.
    8) For the time being, plating companies shall be credited as Mastered At (when the company can be credited).
    9) Mastering credits on the cover and scribes in the runouts should both be credited. Example: Mastered By Bernie Grundman (cover) and BG in runouts = Mastered By - Bernie Grundman and Lacquer Cut By - BG (ANV of Bernie Grundman).
    10) Only easily reproducible Unicode symbols shall be used as engineer's PAN. Symbols or drawn images such as ✩, ⚾, or ❀, ♀, etc. shall not be used,
    not even as ANVs. They can however be added in the format "Lacquer Cut By [Runout Etching ] plus the full name of the engineer"
    (e.g. Lacquer Cut By [Runout Etching ✩] - Greg Calbi). When in doubt inquire in this forum first.

Please don't make updates to submissions until they have been discussed at the Runout Forum!

References

Decision: Plated By
Decision: Lacquer Cut At / By vs. Mastered At / By
Reference: RCA Victor Master Serial Number Codes - 1942-1980's
External Reference: Anoraks Corner
External Reference: UK Matrix Numbers
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Part One - List of identified etchings

Numbers section


1 (only valid for US pressings)
S, H or HS? S
Add a company: Pressed By - MCA Gloversville
Example
Note: Plant also identifiable by a ✤ (45s) or a ◉ (LPs) on the B-side labels.
Occasionally, a G appears in the runouts.


1H or IH (sometimes suffixed after a 'heavy' straight matrix string - Image
S, H or HS? S
Add a company: Pressed By - British Homophone
Example


1n-#### NL (e.g. 16-0193 NL)
S, H or HS? H
Add a company: Manufactured By - Noiseland Industries
Location Link
Example


1 STEP or 2 STEP or 3 STEP
S, H or HS? H
Add a credit: Mastered At - Musicol
Example
Note: Indicates the mastering process:
1 step = no mothers, just stampers;
2 step = mothers, stampers;
3 step = fathers, mothers, stampers.


2 (only valid for US pressings)
S, H or HS? S
Add a company: Pressed By - MCA Pinckneyville
Example
Note: Plant also identifiable by a ◆ on the B-side label.
Occasionally, a P appears in the runouts.


(2)+ or (3)+ or (2)++ or (3)++ (after a string of numbers, + or ++ with dots)
S, H or HS? H
Add a company: Mastered At - RTI
Location Link
Example


2HZ: or 5HZ:
S, H or HS?
Add a company: Pressed By - CBS Records Canada
Example


22 or 33 or 44 or 66 (US pressings only)
S, H or HS? H
Add a company: Pressed By - All Disc
Example 1 or Example 2
Note: Only where the pressing ring is 2.75" diameter.


24-96 Mastering
S, H or HS? H
Add a company: Mastered At - 24-96 Mastering
Location Link
Example


3 (only valid for US pressings - Image
S, H or HS? S
Add a company: Pressed By - Decca Richmond
Example
Note: Plant also identifiable by a ◈ on the B-side label.


66 (US pressings for Polydor)
S, H or HS? H
Add a company: Pressed By - Research Craft
Example
Note: Only where the pressing ring is 2.875" diameter.


-nnnn- or -mmmmm- (e.g. -9999- or -10000-)
S, H or HS?
Add a company: Pressed By - Pallas
Example


-xU-m-n (e.g. -1U-1-7) (only valid for UK pressings since July 1973)
S, H or HS? S
Add a company: Pressed By - EMI Records
Example
Note: Placed at 6 o'clock, where U indicates a contract pressing for a non-EMI label.
The number before U stands for the number of the cut.
Note: Placed at 3 o'clock are 1 or more letters from GRAMOPHLTD, indicating the stamper numbers:
G=1 R=2 A=3 M=4 O=5 P=6 H=7 L=8 T=9 D=0.


Philips/DGG/Phonodisc/PDO/Polygram sub-section
The pressing plants and their codes are listed here as a group (and not individually):

012 (only valid for Austrian releases)
S, H or HS? S
Add a company: Pressed By - Phonodisc Austria
Example

'[...]

Part Two - List of marks mentioned but does not exist on Discogs yet

@cul: Lacquer Cut By - Robert Henke
AT: (on US Atlantic pressings from the 1950s) Pressed By - MGM Records Division
“Soundmaster” Lionel @ Translab, Paris: Lacquer Cut By - Lionel Nicod at Translab
D1. or .D1. or D2 or .D2.: Lacquer Cut By - Anne-Marie Terrazzoni

If you own or have found a runout with any of the marks on the list, please provide the link and it will be moved to the List of identified etchings.
Thank you!

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Part Three - Unknown list with examples

(Spanish releases)Example - Image
:⸓ on Example - Image
𝞥 - Example - Image
ₒ ̶Ф̶ₒ - Example

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Part Four - List Of Codes On Centre Labels

Printed On Labels

Symbols found on US Decca releases until 1966

✤ (B side label) = Decca Gloversville - 45s (1953 - 1966) / Example
◉ (B side label) = Decca Gloversville - LPs (1953 - 1966) / Example

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History Of The Forum Discussions

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Common runout groove etchings: how to list them (Version 4.0)
Common runout groove etchings: how to list them (Version 3.0)
Common runout groove etchings: how to list them (PART II)
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