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The Brahms/Rattle BPO is going for $100 per LP (it is a 6 LP set), so that's $100 per LP. Of course, the Electric Recording Company is issuing their reissues at, I believe, $150 per LP.
The cost of my vinyl purchases have been all over the map, ranging from .99 for the complete Toscanini Beethoven set, and the same for the Boulez Parsifal, and of course many LPs have been given to me, to all the way up to $49 for an excellent copy of the direct to disc version of Just Friends by the LA4. This knocked me out the first time I heard it, and I felt like I had to have it. I think I paid around that for a sealed original copy of the Prokofiev piano concerto #2, played by Frager.
But that kind of expenditure is rare for me. I buy both new and used, and personally would rather pay a little more to ensure that what I am getting is in good shape. In fact, I would rather pay say 4.99 for a blemish free disc, than have to buy two .99 copies, where one of them is flawed, but you don't know it until you clean and play. I clean everything I buy, of course, so the time and effort is worth something.
How about you? What is the most expensive LP you have acquired?
I still have several un-opened copies of Sheffield and Crystal Clear albums which I bought when selling stereo equipment. Probably paid about $12 each (we had them stickered at $16.95). There's also the Ted Heath big band "New Palladium Performances" album which I got from a collector/dealer guy for $10. Ya seriously gotta hear their rendition of "Ol' Man River" - they start at the beginning and don't quit 'til they get to the end!
I've got a few reissue LP's at $50.00, crazy I know.
I once had a #65 (as in 65th pressing) Dark side of the moon UQHR. Strangely after a break up it was left too close to a light bulb and warped beyond repair. I chased after that sound and found a #700 DSOM UQHRS on line back in 1997. Spent $350 and got one with surface noise! oh ell lesson learned.
Wow! I didn't know they were that expensive. I bought a brand new one about 10-years ago at a music store in Lexington, Ky for $25. It seems to be in perfect condition---no noise and no distortion. It came with foldouts and everything. I bought it because everyone was raving about it and I wanted to find out what all the commotion was about. After listening, I considered it a waste of 25-dollars. Oh, well. Such is life! ;-)
Hi John, don't forget I was referring to the MFSL UQHRs. The ones Mobile Fidelity produced in limited quantities. I've seen sealed copies go for $1,000+ last time I looked, but that was probably 10 years ago. I remember that prices went up after I bought that one.
"After listening, I considered it a waste of 25-dollars."
Would it have been a waste for less?
It's still an amazing album to many, including myself.
See ya. Dave
on Donald Fagen's Kamakiriad.
But I love this album and even tho it's digital, it sounds much better than a CD.
So I'd say it was well worth it.
I would never pay that kind of $$ for Rattle set. His Stravinsky Le Sacre was also reissued in vinyl recently. But since I wasn't too thrilled with this particular performance ( I bought a CD when it was released ), even at 23USD it's too much $$ for me.
Now let's say, if Boulez was still alive today and he was going to come out with Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin with Berliner, I'd pay a 100 bucks in a heart beat.
$150 for a Mosaic set of Buddy DeFranco, shortly before I got married and my money would no longer be my own.
"Decaf is for cowards."
recording, which played at 45 rpm. The dynamics were something else.
...each for a 6 eye Columbia mono of Kind of Blue and an original orange and black Impulse! AS77 of Coltrane's A Love Supreme. Only had reissues, and wasn't going to slog around ebay with it's frustrations. Saw them in a local auction and went for it.
I'd say the third place finish would be Lee Morgan's Search for the New Land, Blue Note 4169, a NYUSA mono copy for $87. One my favorite jazz LPs.
I paid $150.00 for a Sheffield Lab Lincoln Mayorga & Distinguished Colleagues on Ebay which is supposed to be the first Direct to disc recording. I have a direct to disc recording that pre dates the Sheffield which is the HiFi/Stereo Review Stereo Test Record. It was made in 1963. On the back of the record jacket it states.
DIRECT-DISC RECORDING. Since the introduction of magnetic tape, recordings have been made on tape, then transferred to discs. To eliminate the tape step is to reduce distortion, widen frequency response, eliminate tape hiss, improve transient response, and increase signal-to-noise ratio. Heretofore, only a few recording engineers have heard the fantastic fidelity that is possible by recording directly on the master disc. Now, for the first time on a commercially available recording, this record includes a demonstration of direct-disc recording.
NEVER bid on an item a few minutes after being handed a bonus check.
(Not that that happens anymore....)
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
Just bought this last week:
My all time favorite Dead show that I've been listening to on a 20 year old burned CD from who knows where (probably ripped from a 20 year old cassette tape). A bit of a splurge but hoping for good SQ and thinking it should hold it's value.
I'm in line and waiting it's release.
That is 5 7 77
$60 for an early serial number of the KOB Mo-Fi release. And like everyone else I waited three years for it.
Just to let you know, the Electric Recording Company reissues are quite a bit more expensive than $150. See the link below.
I think I had picked up that price from what Dudley or Fremer wrote about the Martzy set, $450 for 3 LPs. Didn't do much research.
Years ago, on far-off Planet Seattle, I was the field engineer for the steel on the Experience Music Project (Paul Allen's Jimi Hendrix museum). It was the construction Bear's trip of a lifetime- I even got to see Paul Allen play some blues guitar- he ain't half bad... The construction team was so tight we had a 15 year reunion!
At the time of the grand opening they gave us free memberships that included a heavy discount at the museum store. I bought the "Jimi Hendrix Experience Limited Edition Box Set" - the one with the purple velour case. I was in shock at dropping like $75 for a rekkid set! But it truly was a limited edition and I like authentic useful souvenirs, no snow-globes. It sounds superb and includes some tracks I've seen nowhere else. They had some hookup with the Hendrix family vault- it was complicated.
I guess that box set trades for few $C these days, but I want it playing at my funeral- no- seriously. I keep the case in a frame on the wall.
SOME companies are selling stuff at a pretty fair price.
I've paid about $25 twice for new LPs: The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live at Monterey, and the Dvorak and Glazunov violin concertos by Nathan Milstein. Anyone else have both of those? Everything else has been $20 or less.
Edit: And I have that Frager/Prokofiev LP, but it's the reissue and it was $10. Opened, but mint. Somebody must have played it once and decided it wasn't good enough. You, maybe? ;-)
That's the most. When I started buying LP's in high school, they were $3.98.
When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.- Ronald Reagan
When I first started bidding on eBay I didn't
Know the ropes. Pissed at losing- my bid was $20.
Outbid. $22. Outbid. I kept doing this and when I hit
$45.I was the high bidder. I was like- what the fuck did
I just do?!
Luckily I had a crappy copy so I knew it was great.
Was a white label impulse mono copy of
Count Basie Kansas City 7.
Still blows my mind every time I listen to it.
The Beatles White Album MOFI, $65.
$100 for a brand new old stock copy of "Still River" by Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters". Never a regret.
See ya. Dave
And I had to go to eBay UK to get it.
Opus 33 1/3
Don't know if I have that much love, but that is a helluva record.
Opus 33 1/3
That stack of albums I brought home last week from a garage sale cost me 5 dollars. Honest!
Don't let the poster fool you. This was posted by my wife as a way of trolling to see if I have over spent my budget on albums. She can't fool me and I'm not going to bite.
I've ever seen in a shop. But my fave was Janos Starker solo Bach suites box set on Mercury for $.99
I just won an auction for a 4 LP set of test pressings from Classic Records #7 of only 20 for Pete Townshend's Who Came First... Waiting on them now!
$150...Paid more for a few single LPs..
Back in the day I spent upwards of $250 for some of the rarer, most desirable RCAs and Mercurys. Most of those I sold to fund equipment upgrades. Now with prices for RCAs and Mercs having dropped I was able to replace those LPs at a fraction of the price. I'm currently on the lookout for Columbia SAX and 3 digit EMI ASDs. I recently paid $150 for a Columbia SAX pressing with Szell and the Cleveland. But I'm a knucklehead...
I've got a copy from when they were issued, and I am embarrassed to admit that I either have never played it or I played it only once when I first bought it. I have no recollection of its sound quality or even the content.
To be honest, I would have to say no. It is really good, both musically and sonically but I can't honestly say it is worth $100. Having said that, they go for $200 now!
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