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    Posted 11 years ago

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    Left to right, CS-6061 Krips' classicist version of Schubert's "Great" Symphony earned a Rosette from the Penguin Guide. Is that any wonder having been recorded in the famed Kingsway Hall and engineered by the great Kenneth Wilkinson. Another Kingsway recording, CS-6147, Ravel's Daphnis & Chloe (Martinon) is high atop the list of best Londons. As a kid, Mozart's 4 horn concertos were springboards for me into the world of Classical music. To this day, each time I hear them, it takes me hours, maybe days, to get those haunting melodies out of my head! This Maag/Tuckwell recording, CS-6178 is one of my favorite versions for two of them. Listen to those melodies a couple of times and see if you don't get hooked! While not exactly my favoured genre, This Borodin/Shostakovich classic, CS-6338 has many chamber fans. The critics say my FFSS copy has some stridency in the upper strings that the FFRR does not have. I would like an FFRR copy to compare! Happy Listening !

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    1. ramma ramma, 11 years ago
      really lovely exsamples of great Londons, do you have them all ?
      i still miss quite a lot for my collection, having to buy them one by one, it will take some time to them all, and offcourse trying to keep prices sane.
      About Peter Maag, i think all his recordings stand out,i got his Rossini Overtures CS 6089, this is a record i hear a lot, it has true magic.
      About FFSS contra FFRR it can be true that the FFSS can be stridgent in the sound, the FFRR sound more even, with less distortion, but also dryer and not so involving as the FFSS issues, at least thats how i hear it.
    2. rawinsonde, 11 years ago
      A few years ago I had 3 or 4 boxes of London Bluebacks, selling off most of them on Ebay to supplement my income. I was holding a few of my favorites and some of the most valued ones until the end. Fortunately, my finances eventually improved and I was able to save some very good ones. Some of my favorites of these (about 40, all Bluebacks) I have posted. Through years of collecting there are an elusive few that I've never seen. Examples are CS: 6028, 6029, 6043, 6152. These are very rare and would probably cost $200 or more if you could find copies offered in good condition.
    3. rawinsonde, 11 years ago
      An afterthought....
      Isn't it interesting that this "stridency" or "brightness" thing in the upper strings has mostly been associated with the LONDON (not DECCA) name. Could this be propaganda from the reviewers/dealers, to further perpetuate the myth about Decca's superiority over London?
    4. ramma ramma, 11 years ago
      the bluebacks you mention are all very rare, and that also count for the Decca SXL of the same, anything with Argenta is rare.

      About the sound of Londons contra Decca, i find it to be dealers and Deccacollectors die hards(those who have paid 200-1000 $ for the Decca 1 ED.) who mentions this difference, i think to keep the price difference in status que.
      And to defend their investment, thats a very natural thing to do, makes sense.
    5. rawinsonde, 11 years ago
      Ramma, I see where A. Salvatore provided a link to your Decca/London "Proof" page. Just wondering if you follow his recommendations... I find some very interesting. Also there are other forums where one can post album pictures and describe the music. Are you a member of any of those? Happy Listening!
    6. ramma ramma, 11 years ago
      i have been in contact with Arthur Salvatore for several years,we have discussed different issues concerning records and audiogear especialy recordplayers, and offcourse records, where we do not totally agree what is good and not so good in records, i like the originals he prefers the newer less noisy records, which he thinks sound better.
      His site is a tresurecheast of knowledge, which takes time to read and understand, and i can recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about sound,music,records new and old, audiogear, mainly tubegear,recordplayers,cartrigdes, and much more.
    7. rawinsonde, 11 years ago
      He takes things a bit too far for my tastes but I admire him for standing up for his own beliefs and opinions.
    8. ramma ramma, 11 years ago
      it at times gets to much in detail, i think it is a holy crusade for him.
      it is his lifestyle to write and investigate audio/sound/recordingmatters, thats why he does not agree with that many people in the high endaudioindustri.
      as many aspects in life, you have to decide what you can use yourself, and look past the things, you are not into, or do not have any interest in, with that said there is a lot of knowledge to be had from his site, and i like that a lot, there is not that many people who have created that kind of knowledge in the world.
    9. rawinsonde, 11 years ago
      Nice observations with which I agree. I enjoy reading about music, hi-fi equipment etc, much of it way too expensive for my means, but in relative terms, I am really more of a casual fan as I have other varied interests. I am really enjoying this site and sharing ideas about our passion... If we continue posting, maybe others will join us.
    10. ramma ramma, 11 years ago
      lets hope so :-)

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