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Offline XB-70 Valkyrie

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Re: Thirty three and a third.
« Reply #220 on: March 22, 2019, 09:04:42 PM »
Both your meal and your LPs sound lovely!  Are the albums new to you or are those some of the ones that you cleaned and are now listening to?  By the way, what kind of record cleaning machine does your dealer have?

Best wishes,

PD

Hello PD,

Every few months or so I take 12-15 LPs to my dealer to clean--at a rate of one digitization a week, it works out well for me. I'll just go ahead and give them a little plug here (I have zero financial interest in their business). Their owner is the son of the late Brooks Berdan, known as one of the best turntable guys in the world. I bought several pieces from Brooks, including my Oracle, back in the 1990s. https://audio-element.com

A couple years ago, I had them tune the suspension on my Oracle Delphi, install a new cartridge and overhaul my Audible Illusions tube pre-amp with all new tubes. They also have a deal whereby, if you buy cleaning fluid, you can come in and use the machines any time you want. Nice deal. It's also good business, as it keeps people coming back in. I flat out do not need any more equipment now, but every time I visit, I try to buy something, even if it's just an LP.

Anyway, they have a few machines. I have used the Keith Monks machine a few times before, but now I prefer the ClearAudio (don't know the model). Both retail for about $6000, which is waaaaaaaaaay more than I'd ever pay for something like this. Nevertheless, it is great to be able to use them for free. If I had to buy a machine, I'd just go for the basic VPI--absolutely bullet-proof and very functional at about a tenth of the price. There really is no need for such a deluxe maching unless you're cleaning thousands of records a year--or you are filthy rich with money to burn.

ANyway, every time I visit, my records I'm cleaning are a combination of about half new ones I've bought in local shops or online, and half old ones I've had sitting on my shelves, sadly neglected for 2+ decades! Nice to dust them off for a listen!

The neighborhood there is very nice as well, with lots of good restaurants and some very interesting architecture and museums. (Norton Simon, one of the BEST art museums in the world!)

Do you have access to a cleaning machine? Any interesting new finds?  :)

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Re: Thirty three and a third.
« Reply #221 on: April 07, 2019, 05:08:09 AM »
Hello PD,

Do you have access to a cleaning machine? Any interesting new finds?  :)

Hello,

Apologies for the long delay in replying.

Sounds like a neat shop!  Really nice that you can clean your LPs there--and using such nice RCMs too.  A few years ago, I purchased an Okki Nokki.  https://www.okkinokki.com  If you scroll down the page, you'll see a photo of two metal RCMs; I have the black one.  Reminds me that I need to contact my guy at the audio store to order some new pads for the brushes.  I just have the arm that is designed to clean 33 1/3 LPs.  They also make ones designed to clean different sized records too.  Works pretty nicely.   :)

Yesterday I went with a friend to a record store and purchased a few LPs.  This is what I came back with:

A Chandos LP of Rachmaninov's Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 19 and Myaskovsky's Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano Op. 81 with Yuli Turovsky and Luba Edlina

A Virgin Classics LP of Finzi's Dies Natalis, Clarinet Concerto and Farewell to Arms with Martyn Hill, Michael Collins, City of London Sinfonia with Richard Hickox

On Supraphon - Janacek's String Quartets with the Smetana Quartet

Linda Ronstadt's "Simple Dreams"

And, lastly, The Eurythmic's "Be Yourself Tonight"

Best wishes,

PD

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Re: Thirty three and a third.
« Reply #222 on: April 16, 2019, 11:34:53 PM »
CRD is a fairly recent discovery. Leaving the core repertoire to the majors and concentrating on instrumental and chamber I am most impressed by this label. Through the 1970's in analogue, the production values are first class (all sleeves gatefold). Mostly recorded in churches scattered around the London area all I have so far collected are by Bob Auger as sound engineer. As often the case in both the Britten and Fauré below I already own recordings made by main-stream labels but prefer for both sound and performance the same work from CRD. My focus is analogue, so although I understand they are currently in business I cannot comment how CRD perform today. 

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Re: Thirty three and a third.
« Reply #223 on: April 17, 2019, 02:37:31 AM »
CRD is a fairly recent discovery. Leaving the core repertoire to the majors and concentrating on instrumental and chamber I am most impressed by this label. Through the 1970's in analogue, the production values are first class (all sleeves gatefold). Mostly recorded in churches scattered around the London area all I have so far collected are by Bob Auger as sound engineer. As often the case in both the Britten and Fauré below I already own recordings made by main-stream labels but prefer for both sound and performance the same work from CRD. My focus is analogue, so although I understand they are currently in business I cannot comment how CRD perform today. 



Hi Irons,

I believe that I have one or two of CRD's CDs (will have a go through them later) but don't recall having any of their LPs.  Will certainly keep an eye out for the LPs!  Any duds?  Or particular favorites that you've run across?

Best wishes,

PD

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Re: Thirty three and a third.
« Reply #224 on: April 17, 2019, 05:36:14 AM »
Hello, P. Where have you been hiding!

In a flurry of excitement I purchased in one go four LPs which are a part of the complete piano music of Granados by Thomas Rajna on CRD. I normally love Spanish music but for some reason this set (or music) does not work for me.

I recall you are an admirer of The Nash Ensemble so this would be perfect for you. The Trio is my favourite Fauré work.

And behind the slime and the croaking there was , sure enough, like an old master beneath a layer of dirt, the noble outline of that divine music. - Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf.

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Re: Thirty three and a third.
« Reply #225 on: April 17, 2019, 09:38:55 AM »
CRD is a fairly recent discovery. Leaving the core repertoire to the majors and concentrating on instrumental and chamber I am most impressed by this label. Through the 1970's in analogue, the production values are first class (all sleeves gatefold). Mostly recorded in churches scattered around the London area all I have so far collected are by Bob Auger as sound engineer. As often the case in both the Britten and Fauré below I already own recordings made by main-stream labels but prefer for both sound and performance the same work from CRD. My focus is analogue, so although I understand they are currently in business I cannot comment how CRD perform today. 



I have a small number of those gatefold CRD albums and I have always liked their content and presentation.
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Re: Thirty three and a third.
« Reply #226 on: April 17, 2019, 11:06:18 PM »
I have a small number of those gatefold CRD albums and I have always liked their content and presentation.

Yes, only a small company so there are not masses of LPs (or CDs) out there, but you have to admire the single mindedness of the label in content and presentation.

The CD catalogue can be found here   http://www.crdrecords.com/about.htm

I notice there are some omissions from the LP era. The most glaring I will post on "Listening now thread".
And behind the slime and the croaking there was , sure enough, like an old master beneath a layer of dirt, the noble outline of that divine music. - Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf.

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« Reply #227 on: April 18, 2019, 04:22:14 AM »
Hello, P. Where have you been hiding!

In a flurry of excitement I purchased in one go four LPs which are a part of the complete piano music of Granados by Thomas Rajna on CRD. I normally love Spanish music but for some reason this set (or music) does not work for me.

I recall you are an admirer of The Nash Ensemble so this would be perfect for you. The Trio is my favourite Fauré work.



Hello Irons.  :-)  Not trying to hide...just awfully busy lately and am currently trying to get over a cold ...so goes life!   ;)  I hadn't heard of Thomas Rajna before now and googled him.  Perhaps it's his interpretations/performances of the music that are 'off' with you?  Have you heard Alicia de Larrocha's recordings of Granados's music before Irons?  I quite enjoy them and they've received rave reviews.  Don't have any of them on LP myself, but they are available.  Perhaps try this sample and see how you find it?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5aCv4t4peU

And, yes, you did rightly recall; I am indeed an admirer of the Nash Ensemble.  And I do also love Fauré!   :)

Best,

PD


I have a small number of those gatefold CRD albums and I have always liked their content and presentation.
Which ones do you own Aligreto?

PD
Yes, only a small company so there are not masses of LPs (or CDs) out there, but you have to admire the single mindedness of the label in content and presentation.


The CD catalogue can be found here   http://www.crdrecords.com/about.htm

I notice there are some omissions from the LP era. The most glaring I will post on "Listening now thread".
And thanks Irons for that link.  I'll check it out later today.

PD


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Re: Thirty three and a third.
« Reply #228 on: April 18, 2019, 06:16:57 AM »
Blimey, P, you are adept at this double quoting. I have not worked it out myself. :(
And behind the slime and the croaking there was , sure enough, like an old master beneath a layer of dirt, the noble outline of that divine music. - Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf.

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Re: Thirty three and a third.
« Reply #229 on: April 18, 2019, 06:24:04 AM »
Blimey, P, you are adept at this double quoting. I have not worked it out myself. :(

Hey, I had to make a correction to mine after I had posted it, so don't feel badly!  A kind poster here told me how to do it; you go to the second posting of a person whose posting you wish to quote and click on the quote button for that one.  Note:  make sure that before you do that, you have your cursor in the place where you wish the second quote to go in your new posting.  You can then delete any irrelevant parts of the quote.  After doing that, again, move your cursor down past the end of the second quote to type your reply.

Give it a try Irons.   :)

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PD

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Re: Thirty three and a third.
« Reply #230 on: April 18, 2019, 07:33:06 AM »

Which ones do you own Aligreto?


I will have to check my vinyl collection but Fauré does come to mind immediately along with Ravel.
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Re: Thirty three and a third.
« Reply #231 on: April 18, 2019, 10:29:19 PM »
Blimey, P, you are adept at this double quoting. I have not worked it out myself. :(

I will have to check my vinyl collection but Fauré does come to mind immediately along with Ravel.
 
Thanks, Aligreto.


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And behind the slime and the croaking there was , sure enough, like an old master beneath a layer of dirt, the noble outline of that divine music. - Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf.

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Re: Thirty three and a third.
« Reply #232 on: April 19, 2019, 03:25:11 AM »
 
Thanks, Aligreto.

Bravo sir!  Well done! ;D

Best,

PD