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Quote from: geralmar on December 11, 2022, 11:18:30 PMSince 1975 I've been a regular mail order customer of Berkshire Record Outlet, Albany, New York. They specialize in heavily discounted over stock and discontinued classical CDs, so don't look for newer releases. Their service is exemplary; unfortunately overseas shipping can be ferociously expensive.Their catalogue is massive and fascinating to browse through.https://www.broinc.com/
Quote from: Spotted Horses on August 30, 2022, 08:41:30 AMLooks like Archiv music is back up, but the drill-down search system that was the unique feature of the old site is gone. For those who didn't use it, you could select a composer, get a list of all compositions by that composer, then click one on one of the compositions to see a list of all releases containing that composition. For instance you could click Brahms, click String Quartet No 2, and see a comprehensive list of all CDs containing string quartet No 2. There is no way to reproduce that with a conventional search tool, since you can type Brahms String Quartet No 2, but it will match anything that contains Brahms, String, Quartet, and 2.It was such a unique resource. Why would they scuttle it?
Quote from: Spotted Horses on December 12, 2022, 03:45:53 AMI've also patronized them in the past. At one point I started a thread "what did you find at BRO" but it filled up with griping about how they don't process non-US payment methods. I wonder if that is still the case.
Quote from: Brian on February 17, 2023, 05:23:16 AMI just want to post a word of praise for Presto, which is already a favorite shop for many of us, but just exceeded my expectations.
Quote from: Brian on February 17, 2023, 05:23:16 AMI just want to post a word of praise for Presto, which is already a favorite shop for many of us, but just exceeded my expectations.Last fall they had a sale on Chopin Institute CDs, which are often hard to find elsewhere (even Amazon). So I ordered a bunch of them. One super-rarity, Kevin Kenner playing Paderewski on Paderewski's own 1925 Steinway, was backordered, unavailable with suppliers, etc. Shipment was delayed for about a month.It arrived last night, and on the back it has a retail sticker from Poland for 50zl. (That's about US $11.) I imagine this means that Presto or their agent was so determined to complete the order that they tracked down a copy from a store in Poland. That's just excellent work!The Daniil Trifonov Chopin Competition recital 2CD set was even harder for Presto to track down and only just shipped. Maybe they'll have a 100zl sticker.Edit: Oh, let me tag @Paul_Thomas
Quote from: Madiel on December 12, 2022, 11:50:41 AMPresto has the capacity to bring up all recordings of a particular work, like Arkiv used to.Amazon... good luck.
Quote from: OrchestralNut on February 18, 2023, 05:23:25 AMSpeaking of platinum standard (Presto) to the opposite end of the spectrum (ArkivMusic)......I used to absolutely love ArkivMusic's site until a couple of years ago when they completely "revamped" it. Well, I thought I would go back to check and see if they worked out the kinks and improved. I can't say it has and gave up after about 5 minutes of navigation. 😒
Quote from: absolutelybaching on February 18, 2023, 05:33:37 AMSeems to work fine here. provided you double-quote the search term:
Quote from: Spotted Horses on February 18, 2023, 09:02:37 AMYes, they got rid of their drill-down search feature, which was the only reason I visited them (in retrospect, I should have purchased more stuff there.)
Quote from: Madiel on February 18, 2023, 11:20:35 AMAll of your results are mp3s. You've got all the ones where someone actually used the title of the piece correctly. There will be a host of others where they did not, and many CDs will fall into that category.
Quote from: Brian on February 18, 2023, 11:32:23 AMPresto has one now. Maybe you know this but for those who don't, here's an example.
Quote from: Spotted Horses on February 19, 2023, 09:19:58 PMI had no idea. I see that you get to it by choosing "Composer" search and you would not notice that you can pull up all recordings of a particular work until you've already gone down that wormhole. All hail Presto!!!!!
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