Scanning electron microscope of vinyl

Bit random, but I just came across this video and thought it was really cool. Figured I’d share in case others find it interesting as well:

Vinyl LP groves


In a similar category are Laser pickup turntables. However, I’ve read that the sound quality of them is a bit limited because they can only see what is not in a micro-shadow, something a stylus is better at picking up. Although there are some commercial ones out there, their main use is for allowing very frequent playback of historically important pressings without damaging them.

Makes sense. Like an x-ray reading a palimpsest. Enough to get the essentials, but no substitute for natural light and the human eye. Brings to mind this book, one of the more interesting I’ve read:

Interesting - and quite remarkable!

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