|Booklet promoting Microfusion, |
Cook Instruments Corp. (COOK-10-26).
From the Cook Labs records.
In addition to producing a unique and sonically diverse catalog, Cook patented the process of Microfusion to press his own records in a low-cost method that required a small staff and compact equipment--an ideal set-up for a small record company. With plants in Norwalk, Connecticut and Port of Spain, Trinidad, Cook was able to maintain his company's high standards of record production--right down to the building and repairing (and invention) of equipment in his in-house workshops. In a promotional booklet advertising Cook Laboratories, Inc., a photograph of a circuit board is accompanied by the caption,"Typical function circuit board--if they don't exist we design them" (At last! 6).
|Emory Cook with his Microfusion record press |
(COOK-55-05). From the Cook Labs records.
Cook wanted to democratize the manufacturing of records. The process was designed to be replicated anywhere and by anyone. Although it did not catch on in the commercial record industry, it continues to inspire the DIY-minded as a way to press their own records with limited resources. In a 1989 interview with Cook in Audio magazine, he explains the Microfusion process' superiority to hot extrusion: "Something that has not gone through an oven, that's been changed from a powder to a tangible biscuit that can be picked up, is bound to be better...Not just that, but you don't have to make several thousand records at a time to do it economically. You can make a hundred, a couple hundred, whatever you like."
At last! A full service for audio media! Connecticut: Cook Laboratories, Inc., undated. Print.
Microfusion. Connecticut: Cook Instruments Corp., undated. Print.
Cecilia Peterson, Project Archivist
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