Some of you may be aware of Devialet - the French electronics company pioneering stereo amplification design combined with beautiful aesthetics. This expertise has led them on an ambitious project to bring back to life exceptional recordings on the verge of extinction. Devialet teamed up with record label Fondamenta and developed a restoration process called "Phoenix Mastering", allowing for the precise recovery of analog recordings, using the Devialet Expert Pro system.
The result? A unique collection of stunning releases pressed in one of the world's best factories. Only 900 copies of each release have been released, I have been fortunate to acquire four of these releases:-
Dave Brubeck Quartet ‎– Live At The Kurhaus 1967
Oscar Peterson Trio ‎– Live At The Concertgebouw 1961
Sarah Vaughan ‎– Live At Laren Jazz Festival 1975
Bill Evans Trio ‎– Live At Hilversum 1968



We had the chance to put one of the premium record flattening machines, the ORB DF-01i,  through it paces last weekend, and the results are pretty darn impressive!
Having recently received a brand-new, sealed record from eBay's "importcds" (their service is terrible by the way - good luck getting replacements or even an email acknowledgement!), I decided this would be an excellent guinea pig for the task. The process takes four hours - two hours heating followed by two hours cooling (sometimes additional time may be required depending on how bad the record is).
Have a look at the video for a before and after. And no, the actual grooves are not damaged throughout the process, however my process is to clean both BEFORE and AFTER the flattening process. We hope to add this service in the coming months.