Decca SXL vs London WBG!

There is a significantly large group of people who is firmly entrenched in the belief that the Decca SXL Wide Band Grooved ED1 ‘original recording by’ pressings always sounded equal to or better than the London WBG CS very first edition. Actually, most of these individuals never even used the term “…equal to…”. They said that the Decca SXL always sounded better than the London CS equivalent. At no time did anyone ever voice the opposite opinion; i.e., the London always sounds better. Many people by their findings (not exemplified) as to what causes one of the pressings (either the London or the Decca) to sound better than the other are only valid under the condition of extreme tests. Many people feel it would cause certain records with certain characteristics to become even more scarce while others became nearly worthless. 

The only justification presented (although without any test with measuring devices) it’s the lacquer number. You always have to have a mother and stamper from the first lacquer…”: and “…you have to have a first mother…”: and, of course, “…the primary factor is the stamper number. You must have a ‘B’ or a ‘U’ stamper for the sonics to sound great…By first is the identification related to the sonics vs. the mother, lacquer or stamper numbers, letters and run-out grooves of the record. The lacquer number is at the 6 o’clock position immediately after the tape sequence number (the letter after the number is for the mastering engineer). At the 9 o’clock position is the mother number and at the 3 o’clock position is the stamper using the word B U C K I N G H A M to represent the numbers 1 thru 10. 11 is BB, 12 is BU… – Saulo Zucchello