Posted: Jul 27, 2006 2:33 am
Gramofonové závody a.s.
Address 267 12 Lodinice
Phone 420 311 672 409
420 311 672 309
Fax 420 311 672 143
Web Site http://www.pvtnet.cz/www/gramofonove/
Description They have a sales office in San Francisco USA as well as the UK, Switzerland, Greece and China.
Estabilished in 1948 GRAMOFONOVÉ ZÁVODY brings decades of quality manufacturing experience to the music industry. GZ is located 15 miles West of the great city of Prague in the Czech Republic. This central European location is ideally suited for the manufacturing, warehousing and distribution of CDs throughout the continent.
The Czech Republic is an associate member of the EU. There are NO trade barriers nor any export duties to pay. GZ is also a member of the BIEM and OSA copyright protection organizations. The Western market place now accounts for 80% of the GZ client base. The major accounts are now represented by the following countries: GERMANY, NETHERLANDS, UNITED KINGDOM AND the UNITED STATES. GZ sales for manufacturing and distribution are also rapidly expanding in the traditional Eastern markets.
Comment "The pressing plant in the Czech Republic is where a lot of UK/German indie labels have stuff done super cheap -- appearantly they don't ship you your records, they leave 'em in a train station locker or something crazy..."
Comment "Well, I guess it comes down to your own personal experiences... but I've used both Key and Gramofonove on numerous occasions over the past 15 months or so, and frankly Gramofonove wins hands-down every time on quality over Key, with whom I've experienced numerous problems, with re-presses being almost the norm. In fact I know of one UK label who are now up to their 10th repress on one particular release through Key."
Comment "FOR 7" RECORDS THIS COMPANY CAN'T BE BEAT (I DONT KNOW ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE AS WE ONLY DO 7's) THEY ARE FAST & CHEAP AND BETTER QUALITY THAN ANYONE ELSE I HAVE SEEN. THERE MASTERING IS GREAT AS THEY DONT ADD ANYTHING TO THE MIX SO IT SOUNDS EXACTLY LIKE THE MASTER TAPE. IM TOLD THERE PHOTO SLEEVES ARE NOT TO GREAT BUT I HAVN'T CHECKED THIS OUT MYSELF. YOU DO HAVE TO PAY IMPORT TAX WHICH IN THE U.K WORKS OUT AROUND A QUARTER OF THE PRICE (just over)."
Comment "i just made a 7" with this people and they were not only the cheapest but their service is great... as CZ is not an european comunity country you have to pay for taxes at the aduane, where the records are left waiting for you (not at any locker...) but in my case it wasnt more than 10% of the price... all indie labels in Spain use their service... "
Comment "I was supposed to use GZ and they've made my test pressing and everything. but while making it, they've also raised their prices! now they want me to pay Ł321 for 300 thick 7"s instead of the promised Ł234 (which was the deal when i ordered.) and they didn't tell me about it until it was time to pay! badbadbad! but i have heard that they are good (quality and that), which was why i was gonna use them... "
Comment "There 7's are cool, but the sleeve color's are not great, + you seem to get differant prices for the same job depending on who you talk to."
Comment "whoever wrote the thing about gramofonove winning hands down over Key took the words right out of my mouth. exactly the same thing applied with my experience of Key productions. Gramofonove's pressings are by far the best i've had so far.... and no they don't leave them in a train station locker (!).. just a regular shipping and delivery for me..."
Comment "best sounding and thickest records currently being made on this planet, plus affordable for small runs. Even a deal getting shipped to the USA. "
Comment "We did a couple of 12" with them for House Productions. The record quality and their service is solid, shipping was anything else than in a train station and we'll use them again when we need 12" Format. The only point is print work, could be better for stickers on the sleeves."
Comment "dealt with the prague office and have no complaints. shipping to the US on our order of 7"es was expensive, but GZ is the only place i've seen that does 70 gram heavy duty 7"es suitable for djs. turnaround was quick and terms were explained when i had questions. our records look and feel and sound great and were packed very well. dealing with them can be intimidating, but they are quite helpful and picking up cargo at the airport is the hardest part."