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  1. Does anyone know the reason for limiting the first Hodges set to vinyl?  I've been listening to the second set lately, and really wish that the first set was also available on CD.  I have 2 Japanese CD's that cover some of the 1951-54 material -- "Castle Rock" and "Used to be Duke" -- and would love the other sessions as well.

  2. 16 hours ago, romualdo said:

    +1 for a 40s Byas set - love his work

    check this recent link re Byas 40s recordings

    sadly the Thompson Mosaic Select was scuppered a few years back but a "big box" Lucky set would also be one of my dream releases

    Yes, saw that article too, and that rekindled my desire for a 1940's set of Byas.  One can only fantasise.  

  3. Thank you for really helpful set of recommendations.  As soon as it is safer to venture out and visit audio shops, I will do as you recommend.  

    I am a middle aged man, and I think my hearing is fine.  But I will check when I visit my doctor one of these days.

    Thanks again.

  4. Thanks for the replies.  The specifics of the system are as follows:

    Cambridge Audio AXC35 CD player

    Sony STR-D365 Amplifier/Receiver

    Acoustic Research AR15 speakers

    I don't have any headphones, I'm afraid, other than the basic iPhone headphones.  

    As for the specifics of dissatisfaction with the sound, I'm not sure I can be more specific than the gestural complaint I had.  I think I would like to hear more precision and clarity than I hear.  The different instruments appear to blend into each other.  This is what I meant by saying that the sound is "muffled" and "opaque".  And I do think that the there is an absence of high and low frequencies too, but am not sure.  Sorry to be so uninformative about this.  Any tips/guesses would be appreciated.


  5. I have been bothered lately with how poor the sound of classical orchestral music (symphonies, operas etc.) is on my system, and am wondering whether getting a new amplifier would help.

    I currently have an ancient Sony integrated amplifier from the 1980's.  It is connected to Cambridge Audio AXC35 CD player, which is just a step above the most basic model from Cambridge Audio.  Another feature of my setup that may be relevant is that the amplifier runs through a current transformer.  I am in the UK, and the amplifier was brought here from the US when I moved close to 4 years ago.  The CD player I brought with it died, and that is why I have the new Cambridge Audio CD player.  I am wondering whether getting a matching amplifier (AXA35) from Cambridge Audio would improve the sound significantly.  The sound on my system for small group jazz and classical chamber music sounds fine to me.  It is only when I play orchestral music that I find the music muffled and opaque.

    Any advice you have would be much appreciated.  I am not an audiophile by any means.  I have consciously avoided becoming one because I can't afford to be.  But for some reason, lately, playing orchestral music has become a source of frustration.  Thanks in advance for your opinion.

  6. I just ordered this, but had it sent to my brother's in California, rather than have it sent to me in London.  Maybe I'm being paranoid, but have little confidence in USPS and Royal Mail right now, and UPS to London is prohibitive.  (Royal Mail appears to just have lost a large shipment of coffee and books from Amazon UK.). I'm also afraid that this set will sell out soon.  So, don't know when I can travel to California again, but the music will be there waiting for me.  This is the Mosaic set I am most excited about since I don't know when...  Maybe the Gerry Mulligan CJB set, or even the Thad Jones and Curtis Fuller sets, which were my very first Mosaic sets back when I was a poor grad student in Ann Arbor, Michigan!  Too bad I won't get to listen to it for a long time.

    In the meantime, hope everyone can stay safe and healthy.  And long live Mosaic!  May they keep soldiering on and fight the good fight!

  7. I would love the Jimmy Giuffre Verve recordings.  Probably not much market for it, but hey...

    And I wish I could have Ruby Braff's various recordings of the 1950's in a nice set.  I sort of gave up on collecting the LP's, as so many of the ones I purchased through eBay were defective -- poorly pressed or significantly scratched or both.



    Hal McKusick & Art Farmer Coral & Decca sessions

    Jimmy Raney ABC-Paramount sessions

    Bob Brokmeeyer Verve sessions

    Lucky Thompson ABC-Paramount sessions


    I think the Lucky Thompson was in the works some time before it fizzled out for some reason.

  8. Thanks, Dmitry.  But these look like, judging from the pictures on Amazon, that they have centre tray spokes that make releasing CD's difficult.  The jewel cases that Mosaic used are like these, and they seem to hold the CD's very tightly and make retrieving CD's difficult and precarious.  I am looking for ones that have centre tray spokes that are like the tray spokes on the regular jewel cases -- with 12 teeth.  I hope that makes sense. 

  9. Hi guys.  I think I've seen a thread on this topic, but I can't find it right now.  I just got my Mosaic Savoy and Dial sets, and want to replace the flimsy jewel cases that Mosaic used, which also have centre spokes that make taking out CD's hard and dangerous.  What I am looking for I think are called "chubby doubles".  They are twice the thickness of regular jewel cases, and can store 3-4 CD's.  I would like to get high quality ones that use thick plastic and have spokes that release the CD's without the fear of breaking the CD's.  I am in the UK, and would like leads on sellers of such CD cases for the UK or the US.  (I can retrieve them next time I am in the US.)  Thanks in advance.

  10. On 5/2/2017 at 9:08 AM, Fer Urbina said:

    Sorry to report that Harold Moore's is gone. I only learned about this last Saturday, but apparently it's been closed for a few weeks. I've read on FB that this was done without notice, not even to the staff. That's all I know.


    Holy cow!  I had no idea.  What a sad loss...

  11. Hi folks,

    I just moved from US to UK, and brought my CD player and amplifier with me.  I am trying to figure out what kind of voltage converter I need.  I am completely ignorant about these matters, but how much wattage would a normal CD player (NAD C 516BEE) and an ancient Sony amplifier (with built in phono amp) use?  I can't figure it out by looking at the back panels of these things.  If you know any ballpark figure, I would be grateful for your guidance.  Thanks.

    And if you know of any brand name of these converters that you think are reliable, I would be happy to have that too.  Lots of choices on Amazon UK.

  12. Through some ordering mishaps I won't bore you with, I have come to have extra sealed copies of the following.  $16.50 each or $31 for both, including shipping in continental US.  Paypal payment expected.  Thanks.  Please order fast.  I am visiting the US for only a couple more weeks.

    XXX: sold


    Bill Evans, "Top of the Gate" (Resonance) [2-CD set; trio w/ E. Gomez, M. Morel] sealed

    XXXBill Evans, "Some Other Time" (Resonance) [2-CD set; trio w/ E. Gomez, J. DeJohnette] sealed

  13. I have the following LP's on sale.  Please act fast as I am about to move to the UK, and the movers are coming on May 9.  Unless I sell these, they come with me to the UK.  Shipping in the continental US:  $4 for 1st LP + 1.25 for each additional.  Paypal please.  All the LP's are in excellent condition unless otherwise noted. 


    $16 each unless otherwise noted ($29 for both Mel Powells)

    Paul Desmond, "Easy Living" (RCA Victor US) stereo [quartet w/ J. Hall, G. Wright, C. Kay]

    Stan Getz, "Plays" (Verve Japan - 200g ed.) obi [quintet w/ J. Raney, D. Jordan, F. Isola, B. Crow] $22

    Gigi Gryce & Donald Byrd, "New Formulas from the Jazz Lab" (Vik/BMG Japan) [small "Not for Sale" stamps on LP labels & outer sleeve; no inner liner note]

    Roy Haynes, "We Three" (Prestige Japan) obi [trio w/ P. Newborn, P. Chambers] 

    Steve Lacy, "Epistrophy" (BYG France) [quartet w/ M. Grailler, J.-F. Jenny-Clark, A. Romano; the vinyl has a bubble & other minor defects, but my understanding is that this is typical of BYG releases] $12

    Mel Powell, "Borderline" (Vanguard Japan) obi [trio w/ P. Quinichette, B. Donaldson]

    Mel Powell, Thigamagig" (Vanguard Japan) [trio w/ R. Braff, B. Donaldson]

    Nina Simone, "Little Girl Blue" (Bethlehem Japan) stereo w/ obi

  14. I have the following LP's on sale.  Please act fast as I am about to move to the UK, and the movers are coming on May 9.  Unless I sell these, they come with me to the UK.  Shipping in the continental US:  $4 for 1st LP + 1.25 for each additional.  Paypal please.  All the LP's are in excellent condition.  I am not sure how to grade them, but these were bought on eBay and I never buy anything below what is marked as "EX".  


    $10 each.

    Alban Berg - String Quartet Op. 3, Lyric Suite -- Alban Berg Quartet (Telefunken)

    Elliott Carter - String Quartets nos. 2-3 - Juilliard Quartet (Columbia) 

    Franz Schubert - String Quartets nos. 12 (Quartettsatz) & 14 (Death & the Maiden) - Quartetto Italiano (Philips)

    Franz Schubert - String Quartet no. 15 - Quartetto Italiano (Philips)

    Anton Webern - Complete String Quartet Music - Quartetto Italiano (Philips)

  15. I have the following LP's on sale.  Please act fast as I am about to move to the UK, and the movers are coming on May 9.  Unless I sell these, they come with me to the UK.  Shipping in the continental US:  $4 for 1st LP + 1.25 for each additional.  Paypal please.  All the LP's are like new unless otherwise noted.  Each played no more than 1-5 times.


    $13 each.

    Daniel Blackberg Trio, "Bit Heads" (NoBusiness) [trio w/ J. Carrios, M. Szekely; a small light crease on upper left side of cover]

    Daniel Balckberg Trio, "Perilous Architecture" (NoBusiness) [trio w/ M. Engle, M. Szekely]

    Empty Cage Quartet (Prefecture) [quartet w/ J. Mears, K. Tiner, I. Johnson, P. Kikuchi]

    Fabric Trio, "Murmurs" (NoBusiness) [trio w/ F.P. Schubert, M. Majkowski, Y. Dimitriadis]

    RED Trio, "Rebento" (NoBusiness) [trio w/ R. Pinheiro, H. Faustino, G. Ferrandini; comes with a CD burn of the music]