California fire has vinyl fans fearful of shortage

Los Angeles (AFP) – The darling of hipsters, collectors, and fans of a warm analog sound, vinyl has seen resurging popularity in recent years — but the industry is fearful after a recent California fire destroyed a key supplier.Late last week, Apollo Masters, the top global producer of lacquer used to produce vinyl records, suffered “catastrophic damage” after a “devastating fire” — causes yet unknown — raged through its manufacturing and storage facility in southern California.In 2018, vinyl saw revenues hit their highest level since 1988, totaling $419 million — an eight percent jump fro…

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