Wow, they are both terrific. I would say the transparency might be a tad greater with the Classic Records version and the Analogue Productions version may be a bit sweeter and fuller.
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i have all the reissues.
Classic single disc 45rpm with 'Autumn Leaves".(with a few extra copies).
The AP 45rpm.
The Classic 'red box' stereo 45rpm....and the Classic 'red box' 45rpm Mono.
every one is a winner.....but i would rank them as follows;
i like the Classic 'red box' Stereo best, followed closely by the Mono box. both these are more open on top and have more detail and texture than the AP 45rpm pressing. the Mono even does a few things better (a bit more pace and snap) than the Stereo box in spots but overall, if i could only have one, i'd take the Classic Stereo box. i don't yet have a Mono cartridge, and that could change things.
the Classic single disc of Autumn Leaves is better overall than the AP pressing but it's a little lean on top and so depending on your system balance you could choose either way.
the Classic 33rpm is very good, but the 45's are really a good deal better.
I have some of both and they are both fine.On ClassicsI have heard some who argue against 200gm as opposed to 180 gm issues but to my ears Bernie Grundman makes great re-issues some even better than originals since he uses original tapes,stampers etc to get what sounds best.And as far as it goes you are always going to do better with a paster source just like with IPS and tapes.Faster rotation means more information for amount of medium it's traveling on.Trade of is hassle of getting up and flipping it but 45 rpm sounds better.Try Googling 200 versus 180 (I think it might be at Analogue Prod or Ultimate Analogue.With easily adjustable VTA probably less of an issue but it's interesting the arguments made against heavier stock.But well made virgin vinyl of today beats hell out of 70 re-melt and thin discs of 70's.Now is the Groove factor of hoiding that $750 Blue Note Lexington or 63rd era worth it being ten times the price?Yes it is.But try to find a copy of Cannonball Adderley's "Something Else" as pristine as a Classic re-issue.Hey BTW clean all the new records with a VPI or Nitty Gritty and then treat with LAST preservative.New records have stanper release compounds and getting rid of it makes sense befor you rging them into groove.LAST record preservative is un-godly expensive by the bottle but come out being maybe a buck an LP and lasts 50 spins.I was told by independent (of LAST) turntable manufacturer he heard LP's treated with LAST preservative that he'd ask how many times they's been played thinking somebody would say "half a dozen" or a bit more and they'd say "Hundreds of plays".Hardens up vinyl.I use their stylus lube and preservative and home brew cleaning and VPI 16.5.Course lot's of threads on cleaning rituals hear at 'Gon.