Ariane Slinger | Originally published in my personal blog

Ariane Slinger —  The history of vinyl and the Slinger family — Part 4, a new life for Casper Slinger
Ariane Slinger —  The history of vinyl and the Slinger family — Part 4, a new life for Casper Slinger
Ariane Slinger | The history of vinyl and the Slinger family — Part 4, a new life for Casper Slinger

A new life for Casper Slinger

Casper Slinger’s existence changed radically. “My father started a completely new life — more of a family life. Now he could finally enjoy his wife and children. He became a real family man. He moved often. Sometimes he lived in Aerdenhout (near Haarlem), then he lived in France again [for example, Monaco and Cannes] on the Mediterranean Sea.

Casper Slinger was a born entrepreneur. “My father also launched the company DS1, selling devices for insecticides and perfumes for in house. After a while he sold the company again. Furthermore, he traded…


Ariane Slinger | Originally published in my personal blog

Ariane Slinger —  The history of vinyl and the Slinger family — Part 2, The set up of ARTONE and the vinyl record factory
Ariane Slinger —  The history of vinyl and the Slinger family — Part 2, The set up of ARTONE and the vinyl record factory
Ariane Slinger | The history of vinyl and the Slinger family — Part 2, The set up of ARTONE and the vinyl record factory

‘‘A dream come true’’

The Slinger brothers were ardent jazz lovers. This was no exception in the first half of the fifties. Just as the ‘teenagers’ later fell for rock and roll, the youth in the previous period was crazy about jazz music and jazz singers. Louis Armstrong and Tony Bennet were among Casper’s favourites.

The two bought American jazz records at the Beethovenstraat in Amsterdam. “In a small boutique, Gloria, they befriended a certain John Vis, who worked there as a salesman. He had a profound knowledge of music, he was a real expert…


Ariane Slinger | Originally published in my personal blog

Ariane Slinger —  The history of vinyl and the Slinger family — Part 1, Casper Slinger and Artone
Ariane Slinger —  The history of vinyl and the Slinger family — Part 1, Casper Slinger and Artone
Ariane Slinger | The history of vinyl and the Slinger family - Part 1, Casper Slinger and Artone

Memories about Casper Slinger and Artone (1956–1970) by Harry Knipschild (historian) and his daughter Ariane Slinger.

More than half a century has already passed since I, after having obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in Utrecht, chose to follow a different path in life. In the autumn of 1965 I got a permanent job with a music company. It was Artone, located at Kruisstraat 8–10 in Haarlem. After working there for two months I subsequently switched to competitor Negram-Delta, located on the Zijweg of the same city.

Artone was founded nine…


Ariane Slinger | Originally published in my personal blog

Ariane Slinger — Artone Studio
Ariane Slinger — Artone Studio
Ariane Slinger | Artone Studio

I am delighted to announce the creation of the ARTONE Studio, recording studio, by Record Industry, so-called in honour of my father and my uncle, Casper and Willem Slinger, who co-founded the vinyl factory ARTONE in 1957. ARTONE was historically one of the first vinyl factories in the Netherlands, located in Haarlem not far from Amsterdam. It was then bought out several times (first by CBS then SONY) and renamed Record Industry at the end of the 90s by Ton Vermeulen, its current owner.

The opening of this recording studio is…


Ariane Slinger | Originally published in my personal blog

Ariane Slinger | The history of the Artone vinyl factory - Part 4, vinyl regaining popularity

“As the daughter of the co-founder of Artone, one of the largest vinyl factories in Europe and a truly passionate vinyl collector, I wrote 4 short articles about it’s history and how it has evolved since the 1950s. Here is the last part.”
Ariane Slinger

Change for the better in 2010, vinyl regaining popularity

Just when things were looking bad for Record Industry, the tide turned. Music lovers had become fed up with CDs in a way. This small disc with an inlay (rather than an attractive sleeve) in a box was no longer seen as a precious object. Also…


Ariane Slinger| Originally published in my personal blog

Ariane Slinger — The history of the Artone vinyl factory — Part 3, Ton Vermeulen and Record Industry
Ariane Slinger — The history of the Artone vinyl factory — Part 3, Ton Vermeulen and Record Industry
Ariane Slinger | The history of the Artone vinyl factory - Part 3, Ton Vermeulen and Record Industry

“As the daughter of the co-founder of Artone, one of the largest vinyl factories in Europe and a truly passionate vinyl collector, I wrote 4 short articles about it’s history and how it has evolved since the 1950s. Here is the third part.”
Ariane Slinger

Ton Vermeulen and Record Industry

On 26 April 2018 I (Harry Knipschild) visited Record Industry for the second time, this time for an interview with Ton Vermeulen, who owns the vinyl factory together with his wife Mieke.

Ton Vermeulen was born on 26 February 1964 in the town of Badhoevedorp. It was…


Ariane Slinger| Originally published in my personal blog

Ariane Slinger — Mieke Vermeulen, Carlo Rosellini, Ariane Slinger, Adriana Slinger, Ton Vermeulen, Greetj
Ariane Slinger — Mieke Vermeulen, Carlo Rosellini, Ariane Slinger, Adriana Slinger, Ton Vermeulen, Greetj
Ariane Slinger | From left to right: Mieke Vermeulen, Carlo Rosellini, Ariane Slinger, Adriana Slinger, Ton Vermeulen, Greetje and Harry Knipschild

“As the daughter of the co-founder of Artone, one of the largest vinyl factories in Europe and a truly passionate vinyl collector, I wrote 4 short articles about it’s history and how it has evolved since the 1950s. Here is the second part.”
Ariane Slinger

Manufacturing vinyl records

In 2010, after a guided tour through the factory in Haarlem, Ghislaine Pahnke explained again how vinyl records are made.

So how do you make a vinyl record? The provided audio is cut on the cutting lathe in a lacquer (a disc of aluminium coated with a…


Ariane Slinger| Originally published in my personal blog

Ariane Slinger — The history of the Artone vinyl factory — Part 1, Introduction
Ariane Slinger — The history of the Artone vinyl factory — Part 1, Introduction
Ariane Slinger | The history of the Artone vinyl factory — Part 1, Introduction

“As the daughter of the co-founder of Artone, one of the largest vinyl factories in Europe and a truly passionate vinyl collector, I wrote 4 short articles about it’s history and how it has evolved since the 1950s. Here is the first part.”
Ariane Slinger

The history of the Artone vinyl factory

Casper SLINGER (my father) and his brother Willem are the founders of the vinyl records factory Artone in Haarlem, The Netherlands, that was built in the Waarderpolder in 1957.

At the end of 1956 the two brothers were active in the oil industry with their father and…


Ariane Slinger | Originally published in french in Le Temps, a Swiss newspaper

Ariane Slinger — Women, work and equality: businesses can’t do everything — Article on the newspaper Le Temps
Ariane Slinger — Women, work and equality: businesses can’t do everything — Article on the newspaper Le Temps
Ariane Slinger | Women, work and equality: businesses can’t do everything!

If we want to allow women to work, we need affordable and professional nurseries with meals available every day, all year round. The State must allow tax deductibility on these significant costs.

Highlighting a decline in equality between men and women in Switzerland, the recent statistics from the World Economic Forum reminded me of my arrival in Geneva eighteen years ago. Maternity leave didn’t exist then. My predecessor — a woman moreover! — had absolutely nothing planned for maternities in the Company. …

Ariane Slinger

Passionate about vinyls & travelling. Active in numerous charities. Owner & CEO of ACE International.

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