Responses from jimcrane

After fifty years… amazing. What high end audio can be.
I am delighted to read about your happiness and satisfaction with your system and your enjoyment of music. Like elliottbnewcombjr, I also just turned 74, and like both you and him, I’m lucky enough to enjoy what I have. May we have many more happ... 
Classical music newbie needs your suggestions
Hi, I could write at length with suggestions, but I’ll try to limit myself. Some folks above have suggested some accessible beautiful pieces, such as Pachelbel’s Canon. I’ll add Handel’s concerto grosso Alexander’s Feast, and three discs by piani... 
Classical piano solo—Your one favorite performance and recording
Vikingur Olafsson plays Debussy-Rameau  
A perfect song? What are your choices?
Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns." Simple, elegant melody and poetic, insightful lyrics are matched beautifully.  
Great classical pianists
In addition to Jeremy Denker and Vikingur Olafsson, I'll add Jennifer Hewitt and Andras Schiff. So many wonderful pianists, so little time!  
Great classical pianists
Jeremy Denker (Bach), Vikingur Olafsson (Bach, Debussy, Rameau)  
what’s a song cover that you think is better than the original?
@inscrutable, thanks for the rec! I hadn’t heard their version before. You’re correct that it’s a unique approach to the song, and a really good one. Beautiful harmonies and strong individual singing.   
what’s a song cover that you think is better than the original?
K.D. Lang’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is superior to Cohen’s original and to all the other covers I’ve heard (and there are a lot of them). Her cover is on “Hymns of the 49th Parallel,” a terrific disc of her covers of other songs writ... 
Class D Integrated Amplifier Recommendations.
Take a look at Wyred4Sound’s integrateds. Good stuff in your price range.  
Old CDs and records
Most public libraries lend CDs and therefore accept donations of used CDs. In my experience, the library especially appreciated donations of classical and jazz music. A library won’t value your CDs for charitable donation purposes, but ItsDeducti... 
SQ or performance?
I agree that sound quality has a major influence on my enjoyment of a recording. If I have two recordings of the same piece, I’ll play the better recorded one far more often regardless of performance. This is especially true for recordings of piec... 
Who uses ADS Speakers
Like Imaninatural above, I bought ADS L710s in 1980. I had saved enough money from my first decently-paying job to replace a KLH model 5 (the portable one) that had been stolen from me three years before. Kept them more than 30 years before tradin... 
In Classical music the effect of SQ on appreciation
Interesting thread. I’ll chime in, beginning with a caveat: I do not consider myself expert in either classical music interpretation or classical music recording. That said, I listen largely to classical music, mostly solo piano and small group. I... 
Beautiful Music That Reduce You To Tears
Bach’s Chaconne in D minor from Partita No. 2.  
RIP oregonpapa
I always enjoyed Oregonpapa’s posts. May his memory for a blessing.