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We use cork that is imported from the Algarve and Alentejo regions of Portugal. It is then hand selected and cut from a roll, not sheets. We use a top US manufacturer for this process. That's right, this is all done in the US. Once cut from the roll it is then surgically cut (not with typical razors) to be made into a 11-11/16 inch diameter with a 0.295276” hole for the spindle. Each piece is then sanded smooth in preparation for us. The quality of the cork we use can easily be seen and felt in the texture. We have no tiny surface holes or gaps and no large particles that would alter the density consistency.
What really makes us different besides the selection, composition, and quality of the cork we use, is how we transfer the custom images. Lets face it, that's what brought you here in the fist place. Nobody wants to talk about cork all day. The bottom line is this though: there are several places to get cork turntable mats and there are several other places to get custom mats. We, however, have brought the best of best together. Nowhere else can you get the custom work you want, done the way it should be, on the quality of mats that we use .
Most other places will either screen print or engrave the image onto a sub par surface. Here is the issue, as we just stated above, each mat is sanded on both sides to create a smooth, consistent, and perfect surface. By screen printing you are now adding an ink to the surface of the mat. This makes it raised and can easily be felt. The same holds true for engraving. The engraving of the cork will now cut away at the surface, also leaving it rough and easily felt.
After we are done making a completely smooth surface, we will actually dye the image into the cork. This means the coloring and image is actually in the cork and not resting on the surface. We can actually hand sand any inconsistencies out even after the image has been placed. This process keeps the surface perfect, after all, we worked so hard for that. When that surface is not perfect and you have an abrasive finish like engraving, etching, or screen printing causes, it is most certain to disrupt the surface of your albums. This usually can be seen by small circular abrasions and swirls. I mean, when has any type of abrasion up on your underside been good, right? The point is when you pick up one of our platter mats it not only has exactly what you want on there, but its smooth and clean for your albums. We think this is pretty important.
So not all cork is created equal. We take a lot of pride in making certain its the best cork, offering the best surface, best audible qualities, and at about the same price as the other guys.