Yes, but Tom Port is also a businessman....:-))
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I have a dozen along with other copies of the same albums.
All dozen sound better that my other pressings.
WL promos are usually A+ to A++.
I also have stumbled across WHS in the bargain bins. They are put on the shelf next to Toms.
You are *one* who disagrees.
Whilst a dozen posters such as myself state that WHS sound great.
You are an outlayer.
Your one example does not refute the data from a dozen people and one hundred albums.
Anecdote is not the plural of datum.
I found another HS. Paul Simon there goes rhymin Simon.
99 cents thrift store find.
About 10 records I have found like this, not from Tom.
But the % is the same.
That is out of 2800 lps, of which 2000 are from thrift stores.
So 1 out of 200, similar to figure Tom states when they do a shootout.
That is a lot of crate digging and time...or one could spend 1099 to 699 for a WHS that shows up once every 5 years.
Hours invested calculates out to a good value.
I think, Tom Port is correct and we should be glad that someone is out there who uses his ears. Rare enough.
and there is always someone who get money for something…that is our economy system. But we have the chance to check it …. there is a risk for everything …also for buying new reissues for example.
of course we can see it from the other side … reissues are bad for dealers who make money with originals … so, bad mouthing them is more or less normal. But we can compare those too and after all those years I can say, a lot (not all) of reissues are nothing to write home about.
What is worse? His prices or those from dealers who sell crap records and don‘t care for anything? I am not a customer from him but I read some of his statements …. A have a few old VICS from the same title in 1S or 2S or other stampers and made my comparisons. In general, the 1S pressings have the highest ratings and everyone thinks, that’s the one to go. Yes, the 1S from mine was good …. But then a higher code was below my diamond … and my cup of coffee went cold. Much more clear, a presence to die for etc. A killer.
A possible explanation
From a 1S a batch is done until the cutter head is dead and will be replaced. But before that will be done, a few hundred will be made with this dead unit, and it still is 1S.
Now 2S will start and when you have luck, you can get a early 2S, can be possible it will sound better than a later 2S ….
i think, TP does it that way…..and then there are country differences ….
when I go out and buy 10 or 15 cheap records with shipping etc…..at the end of the month i can have luck and there is a hot stamper among….or not….
and a Hot Stamper from TP can be better than my description of hot stamper….so i think, i will go for his when i am ready to pay his price.