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In Reply to: My first MFSL find, Aja. a few questions posted by gonzo on May 8, 2007 at 03:10:21:
I stopped buying them when I realized that, more often than not, the originals were clearly superior. There is one set that is rather special though - the "Sinatra" boxed set.
I have have had many 1S/1S Shaded Dogs, Postage Stamp UK EMI's, London/Decca Bluebacks and six-eyed Columbias!
Every single EMI, Decca/London, RCA and Columbia is vastly superior in their MFSL versions. Check out the Elgar/Sir Adrian Boult 2 LP MFSL set. The Solti Planets, the Fiedler Grofe Grand Canyon Suite. Not only is the bass and treble NOT rolled off the midrange is smooth and the HUGE soundstanging is some of the best I've ever heard. The MFSL orchestral shell in the original JVC pressing Super Vinyl sounds so real, and thrilling! The Classic Records Living Stereo LPs are better but not by that much.
Same thing with Verve and Blue Note Jazz MFSL LPs I have never heard a Verve or Blue Note to equal the MFSL LPs, the closest are 7 1/2 IPS pre-recorded Reel to Reel. The original LPs sound puny to either by comparison!
Now Rock is harder because Rock was never recorded to sound realistic and it is hard to make to sound so but the are many Rock MFSL successes. But Rock is really too processed to be hi-fi and to try to make it hi-fi usually just revels its flaws. MFSL can only do so much.
That is a real chore as most Rock recordings are NOT made to sound natural. Even Classic Records cannot make most Rock recordings sound natural. There are exception’s such as David Crosby’s “If I Could Only Remember My Name, but they are very rare. Usually Classical, Jazz and Blues are recorded in real spaces and attempt to retain the natural sound of the musical instruments.
I'm not necessarily concerned with natural, but rather balanced. Regardless, I happen to believe that even many "artifical" recordings can be made to sound fairly natural from a tonal standpoint.
However, if you try to deviate too far from what's on the original tape, something has to give somewhere else. MFSL tended to deviate too much on the top and bottom (to give the impression of big bass and greater detail) at the expense of a sucked out middle. IMO, this was true of many of their pressings regardless of the artifical nature (or lack thereof) of the original recording. It was especially true of Aja, IMO.
took greater care with those.
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