I have 30-40 of them and have never gotten a bad one.
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Hmmm... I got them all from Music Direct. Tell us what you know, please! I'm game for conspiracy theories, being ripped off, anything that will let me believe SC records really can be as good OOTB as they should be.
Does SC really sell "seconds"? The only USA distributor listed on their website is Acoustic Sounds. Would they be more likely to receive only "firsts"?
I've gotten a couple and played them on the old TT, and they sounded great. Any thing that I pay top dollar for, I tend to be more critical of. Arnold Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra Op. 16 is very well recorded. I like the MLP SC reissues. Of course the damn thing cost almost $100, so it should!
But, I don't think it is as good as Bob Dylan: Rolling Thunder Revue 1975, Classic CK-87047, but that could account for my tastes or lack thereof in music.
But, the Teres will not be set up for another 2 days. I'll let you know how they sound on it.
I agree about MD's customer service. They've been good, it's just a pain. Of the nine I bought they're replacing the four that need to be:
- Decca 6113/Mahler #1/Solti/LSO
- Decca 325-2/Mahler#2/Solti/LSO
- Decca 385-2/Mahler #3/Solti/LSO
- Decca 6026/Bartok/Divertimento for Strings, Vivaldi/two cto's
Must be an anti-Mahler conspiracy. These recordings and pressings are excellent BTW, and Solti does Mahler really well. His #1 is definitive, IMO of course, and it's great to have such a fine recording available. We only listened to #3 last night. I'm still getting my head around it, but during the final movement I all but had a vision of Dante's Beatrice. Sublime music, sublimely played.
I strongly recommend any of these records, but play/check them carefully for flaws.
Rcprince, the DG was indeed poorly recorded, even for DG. Of course that's not SC's fault, though I wonder why they bothered to reissue this one.
From your experience and that of others it seems we just had terrible luck. I'll be very happy with clean copies of all the Deccas, and I'm certainly going to pick up some of the new Mercuries. Glad to know so many people have good experiences. It would be a shame if such fine remasterings and pressings couldn't be played cleanly.
I have purchased a lot of vinyl over the internet the last five years. And yes, I have had to send some back due to defects. I have had some severe defects which make me wonder if any human being is even in the manufacturing process loop. Yes, you have to return the vinyl on your dime, and it can be a hassle. One time a "Internet Vendor" called me at home to complain that I had taped the glob of vinyl waste to the destroyed record. We "exchanged words" and that was the last order I ever placed with them. So it goes with this hobby!