As we enter October, the image on the horizon grows.
Since my last update, I have approved the 2nd set of test pressings, and the vinyl is on schedule to be pressed by Precision very soon.
I was saved by a random thought.
A month ago I asked the pressing plant in Canada (Precision) to send me a sample of the To touch the milky way LP jacket, so I could be sure the colors looked correct. All was fine and I approved them, and then set them on a stack in my basement. Two weeks ago, while I was down there doing something else (perhaps filing an order for Projekt's distributor in Italy) I thought, "Huh! I think I'll stick the five insert cards in the jacket, just to give a look and see what that's like." Dig, dig, sort, cram, cram. "Oh. Oh no!" Cram, cram!! "Oh no, the insert cards don't fit!!"
It turns out the five cards together are too thick to fit in an LP jacket, which would kind of defeat the whole idea of the deluxe set, if I left it this way. After stressing out for a few seconds, I started working through my options.
For Remnants of a deeper purity, Precision printed a "wide spine" jacket. A normal LP jacket is about 2mm thick, wide spine are 5mm thick; they have a spine on the top and the bottom as well as the side. Very stylish! This format would definitely be a great option for holding the deluxe package with the cards. Too bad I didn't think of it before I printed the regular jackets. Never-the-less, your deluxe copies of To touch the milky way need to be right, so I placed an order for 300 more jackets, using the wides spine format. Yeah, now I will have 300 extra standard jackets. But I needed to do this for you. If/when this pressing sells out, I will have the extra 2mm jackets for a second pressing. Nothing goes to waste!
True, this creates another little delay. Though I don't think it will change the approximately October 26 ship date for your packages. I'll keep you updated on that.
On October 5th I'll start sending your download codes for To touch the milky way.
Around the same time, I will send overseas customers your postage total. As you recall, you weren't charged postage during the Kickstarter campaign. I will get a total with the current postage rates, and you'll paypal me. That way, when the final pieces get here, you've already paid and I'll be ready to start packaging and shipping to you.
Shipping LPs, what do you think?
I've been looking at different boxing options, because nobody likes a dinged up jacket. I've discussed with my friend Charles at Soleilmoon, Steve Roach, Joe who runs the Projekt webstore, and Sebastian my distributor in Italy. I'm getting a lot of input on what boxes they use for shipping.
One thing I consistently hear is "Don't ship the vinyl inside the jacket." People say it slides around in transit and can split the jacket open. I have not received any complaints about this, with all the past Kickstarter packages I have shipped out with the vinyl inside the jacket. Please tell me what do you think? Vinyl in the jacket, or vinyl outside?
I can see the image on the horizon, it's getting larger and larger!
I hope you have a good weekend. Take care of yourself.