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  2. If you do buy one or both do be prepared for the PayPal shenanigans mentioned in the other thread about them. It may be worth contacting HJ in advance and arranging to PayPal the funds directly rather than through their basket.
  3. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Thanks for that ! Shame these aren’t on CD - would prefer that if the audio quality is compromised.
  4. Drops in price Ray Charles $47 New Orleans Big Ol' Box $45
  5. 'Duo Exchange', absolutely. 'Live At Slugs' dependent on your threshold for bootleg quality live recordings - I tend to find these can add to the enjoyment and this is a case in point. But if you're bothered by distant pianos (except when soloing - it's almost as if someone's moving the mic closer!), overly prominent drummers and horns fading in and out then don't go near it. To me it sounds like a live recording ESP rejected on the grounds of SQ . The music's terrific in most parts, warts 'n' all. Nicely packaged. Listening now to the new Charles Lloyd live recording '8', the polar opposite in SQ, gorgeous quality and beautiful music What do you make of 'Legwork' Hutchfan? I've not heard it and didn't realise it was recorded at the same time until I read your blog, so now I'm tempted.
  6. 1987 Japanese/German Impulse! titles

    I regularly imported CDs from Japan for my own collection and "32XD" meant that the list price was 3200 yen, not 32000, and 55XD 5500 yen, not 55000 - a not insignificant difference
  7. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Superb .... "must have" Bruckner 7 performance ....
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  9. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    La Stravaganza 12 Concerti
  10. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    I notice HJ’s have got it in stock, along with the ‘Duo Exchange’. Do you recommend them?
  11. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    In the morning .... :
  12. Great to hear. I´m really glad to read those good news. Speedy recovery !
  13. My mistake, sorry. He certainly WAS a character, and his radio shows spinning all that 20s and 30s or 40s dance bands, singers and semi-jazz (but often outright jazz too) made you aware of a lot of artists that you had never heard of before and later knew better where to place them when you came across them in the record stalls. Budding collectors learnt a lot there. Only his "Frenchized" pronounciation of those U.S. artists' names sometimes was a tough nut to crack (particularly at his talking speed ). It took me a while to figure out, for example, that that "Abbé Le Mans" band leader he was talking about actually was Abe Lyman! Same here. Even in the 70s and 80s this WAS an issue, particularly if you tried to catch relatively far away stations on AM and long wave radio that had interesting music shows. Made me quite tolerant of the fidelity of not quite so pristine 78s.
  14. 50 Years Ago

    Sesame Street: A big hit among us boys (our little group of jazz fans then) was the version of the theme, done by the Singers Unlimited with Oscar Peterson.
  15. LF Los Angeles Jazz Institute (LAJI) CD

    I am perfectly well aware of the difference between fake bidders bidding to net the seller more money and the scenario that you and I described. I described it as ANOTHER reason (i.e. a reason different from shill bidding) why some bids may have gotten out of hand, particularly in the earlier days of eBay. And the risk of accidentally winning an auction at what you yourself normally would not be willing to pay and would not be able to afford in the long run of course was very real. I do not really remember and did not keep track of how far the other bidders went when they raised that "deep pocket" bidder but his winning bids always WERE high. And I do remember that when I tried it myself (because I had been irked a number of times too when I saw that character's name as the starting bidder and realized that "there goes your chance of winning THAT auction too") I cautiously went in $10 instalments and found that even at something like $40 or 50 for a simple (and not exceedingly rare) 50s US car magazine I incredibly enough had not had the leading bid yet. But of course I had taken a look at his bidding history on a number of similar previous auctions. In those days, with actual bidders' names being displayed, things were VERY transparent.
  16. I understand what you say. And right, I also met people who said "I don´t like that because the sound quality is not good". But......what music !
  17. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I always had a special affinity to the 1952 session with Dorham, Lou Donaldson and Max Roach. That incredible "Carolina Moon" ...... and "Skippy" and all the others.....
  18. Denon One Point Recordings

    Someone is selling these four box sets right now in Germany: Don't know the seller. Interestingly, s/he also has the 2nd set in gold.
  19. 1987 Japanese/German Impulse! titles

    Wow, that's crazy! That's about $30 and $50 per CD. I'm glad many Japanese reissues are only 1,000 Yen these days.
  20. I recently re-discovered my Denon One Point Recording CD box sets. These sets were released between 1992 and 1995. There were four of them, each containing 5 CDs. "One point recording" means that a single pair of stereo microphones was used by the Denon engineers to record the music. Importantly, as far as I know, all of these CDs were also available in standard multi-microphone recording versions. I have seen many of these standard CDs in the classical music section of this forum, which probably is a good indicator of the artistic quality present on these CDs. I bought mine in Germany when they were released. Indeed, as you can see below, the first set has a German subtitle, while the other sets have English subtitles ("Limited Edition"). I am not sure in which markets these box sets were originally released. Looking through past sales offers, I only ever saw them advertised by Germans, which suggests that they were limited to this particular market. At that time, Denon was recognized as a leader in PCM recording and playback in Germany. I used to have a Denon CD player as well in the early 90s. Each of these sets was available in a numbered version (of 1000 copies) using gold CDs (see the second box below) and in another limited (of unknown quantity) version using silver CDs. Both versions are pretty rare. So, why do I think it is worth mentioning these CD box sets? Because they sound absolutely incredible! The recording technique conveys a sense of space that is unmatched in my experience. I used to enjoy them with my Stax headphones but can't listen to headphones anymore (I immediately get tinnitus from headphones). They still sound breathtaking through my mid-field studio monitors. Well worth hunting down.
  21. Lou Donaldson 24-bit Japanese RVG's

    Is this the edition with the extra tune on Here 'Tis?
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