Re: CD Duplication?
Here's my 2 cents, and it may not be worth even that much.
About 10 years ago I made a duo CD. I worked with a singer with a voice like an angel, and since I knew my songs were works of utter genius, I had 1,000 copies duplicated (or replicated, whichever you like). I used a local guy here in Boston and he did a great job. It cost over $1,000 at that time. I designed the cover & insert art myself so that was free.
Well, fast forward 10 years, and I have about 950 of them still in their boxes. I realized early on that marketing was not my thing (even though I did get one call from a well-known L.A. publisher who said (really!) "the contract is in the mail." (still waiting). I did sell about a half dozen copies on CD Baby, gave some away, and of course there's always friends and family.
So I guess what I'm saying is: unless you are committed to marketing and/or have someone to do that for you, you might want to save your money. If I had it to do over, I would have burned the discs myself one at a time, printed out the cover art, and assembled the whole package at home. (I did do my 2d CD that way).
That being said, I fervently wish you great success. But you could always start out via the homemade route, and hey, if they're going like hotcakes, you can always throw your business to Discmakers or one of the others.
"The paths of experimentation twist and turn through mountains of miscalculations, and often lose themselves in error and darkness!"
--Leslie Daniel, "The Brain That Wouldn't Die."