In Reply to: Beethoven Bicentennial Ed. posted by egrady on July 09, 2004 at 08:51:54:
I have about 2.5 complete sets. Many of the LP's are warped to one degree or another. I acquired the extra sets seeking (vainly) for non-warped copies.
PM me with the exact volumes you need if you want to fill out your collection anyway. I want to keep one complete set but would gladly part with the others piecemeal to help you fill out yours.
My original set has been owned and played only by me and is undamaged. My larger backup set was never played according to the seller, and does indeed look like new. My partial backup set was played a little but I haven't noticed any damage, not that I've spun many sides from it.
Earlier German "tulip" pressings of the same recordings are far superior of course. The symphonies are decent instead of mediocre, while the string quartets are among the best chamber LP's I've ever heard. The T-L records sound pretty thin by comparison, but how else could you get such a complete LvB collection. It could take lifetimes to find some of the stuff in those boxes. Worth having just "because", IMO of course.
"Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger." - JRRT
Thank your for your generous offer. I completely agree with your comments. The volumes I'm looking for contain the music more difficult to obtain in original pressings, like the piano trios.
While I'm touched by offer I know me. If I start trying to sift through set after set to find individual records, to end up with one good complete set, I won't quit until I've invested way to much time and money. Since I have several versions of most of this music now, I'll guess I'll just avoid these sets.
Try to get editions issued in germany or england.
Box has red color.
I have a boxed set of the complete 9 symphonies with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra on the Columbia label. These were recorded in the early 60s. Great performances but the sound...well, one reviewer called it "gritty." I kind of know what he meant. Any of you other inmates heard this set or own it?
I have a complete set my grandfather gave us in the 70's. Warping is bad on a couple of the records but overall I have been lucky is you discount the occasional damage due to the fact that we played them on a losy table/system.
Still you can't beat the artists and for what you are likely to get them for at the thrift its a good buy.
I saw this same set in CD format being sold at Borders and they wanted $1100 for it.
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