One of our good customers had this to say about some Hot Stampers he purchased recently:
I bought the harry Belafonte Carnegie Hall recently, a White Hot. I went to the On The Record site and came across the Offenbach Readers Digest discussion of reversed polarity. I had bought this record on your site a long time ago.
I listened to the record with the polarity reversed. This is the first time I have heard this record sounding better.
Open, spacious and heard lots of macro and micro details, especially on side one, and the violin now is more natural as you described.
Btw, Do you have records with reversed polarity ready to hit the site? Please let me know.
Thanks for your letter. Glad I was able to help you get that Offenbach record to sound the way it should. It is a knockout performance with audio quality to match.
Funny how you rarely see much discussion of records with reversed polarity.
Do most audiophiles have polarity switches on their preamps or phono stages?
Can they be bothered to go back and forth enough times to make sure they have the correct polarity setting for the records they play?
Do they listen critically enough to hear any of the changes we describe when the polarity is right or wrong?
All good questions,. none of which we are able to answer. Sometimes our own customers don’t get around to switching the polarity of records that are reversed until many months later. Some of them may not ever switch polarity at all.
We discuss a number of records with well known (well known to us anyway) polarity issues here.