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An unexpected arrival this morning. A friend in Hong Kong bought me this title a few weeks ago off a Discogs seller in Italy and had it shipped (he's an accomplished club DJ and my knowledge in that area is sparse, although he knew I loved this track). It seems another one turned-up from Spain this morning.

 

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For years I’ve been reading about people scoring bargain basement deals through the used goods marketplaces in various forums. I read most of the post purchase comments to these posts, and there are q

I just picked up a new Luxman PD171A with a Ortofon PWti cartridge    

The SME 15 arrived today, now for the painful wait until next week when Andy McLean can set it up and fit the SME V arm.  

On 17/04/2021 at 12:14 PM, El Tel said:

 

Another recent RSD purchase was Alternate Rumours. Like many of us, Rumours is easily a top 5 of all time album and I know it like the back of my hand, but this pressing of demos, early takes and alternative versions was a total gut-punch that I was not expecting. First listen was quite an emotional experience; very little studio polish, raw, pure performances and the beauty of the song writing pushed to the fore. I can't recommend highly enough:

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What's the quality of this pressing like @El Tel? I've been a bit curious about this version but, have hesitated to pull the trigger on it on the basis that the current EU pressing release of Rumours sounds horrible.. I'm currently waiting on the 2 x 45Rpm LP version 'Pressed at Pallas' to be shipped from the US... if this alternate Rumours is a good pressing, I might just pick up a copy.. Cheers

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Another pair of valves, this time to slide into the driver slots & replace the OEM Prima Luna 12AU7's ...

 

Pair of vintage Amperex E80CC / 6085 Gold Pins...

 

Allegedly going to be delivered today...  & then, I'm done for a while... lest I not live to enjoy the results...

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20 minutes ago, FNQ Outcast said:

What's the quality of this pressing like @El Tel? I've been a bit curious about this version but, have hesitated to pull the trigger on it on the basis that the current EU pressing release of Rumours sounds horrible.. I'm currently waiting on the 2 x 45Rpm LP version 'Pressed at Pallas' to be shipped from the US... if this alternate Rumours is a good pressing, I might just pick up a copy.. Cheers

 

I ran foul of the 2017 (?) EU Rumours pressing too - a lacklustre pressing at best, plus it had a distinct clicking on the b-side about halfway through b3 or b4 for the rest of the track if memory serves. It was a known issue (within a few batches) and I returned it and got a refund without any problems. I then found a 1997 180gm German pressing at a record fair which was absolutely mint and worth the 70 or 80 bucks I paid for it.

 

As for the Alternate Rumours, there is no reason to fear the quality. Different masters were used as it is a record of entirely different takes and versions. I have found that any Record Store Day releases seem to have been treated with a far higher degree of care in preparation and production; I think the quality assurance is far better with RSD stuff too. RSD buyers tend to be fussy buggers (like us) and the industry would be very stupid to punt substandard product into conspicuous releases like those from RSD releases.

 

Now the subjective part for Alternate Rumours: one of the best pressings I have from anything made in the last 10 years and nudging into Analogue Productions/MFSL-level territory. As far as content is concerned, easily the best new release (even if the material is only pseudo-new) that I have acquired in the last year. Like much RSD product, this is not on any streaming platform and is unlikely to be any time soon.

 

Buy a copy now, before the global limited release of 16,000 is gone. I got mine from Discrepancy Records.

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Just purchased via Discogs.......ELP "Trilogy" Canadian 1st pressing in 'Mint' condition. "Wharehouse find, probably unplayed" according to the ad. Hopefully true but we'll see.....:)

 

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A few of the purchases over the last few weeks. Had a suprise inclusion with one of my orders. Ordered 2 Lp's and had an extra 3 lp's in my package  - not charged for -

Elton John- Diamonds

Hoodoo Gurus - Electric Soup (very happy to get)

Adam Lambert and Queen  - Live

They aren't  albums I would have purchased, but happy with the Elton and Hoodoo inclusions. I'll pass on the Queen/Adam Lambert LP to a mate.

 

 

 

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On 22/04/2021 at 8:30 PM, dwbasement said:

New arrivals 

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Nice. How’s the quality of the tone poet Andrew hill? 

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"Black eco mix" huh.

Better not be some hippie idea that's going to ruin my listening experience.

I just want vinyl that performs like vinyl.

 

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Copy of Rumours 'Pressed at Pallas' 33 1/3 & The Alternate Rumours arrived today...

 

Looking forward to a listen...

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Purchased today at JB Hi Fi.....The Doors "Strange Days" 2009 Rhino Vinyl stereo reissue. This one has been pressed in Germany by Optimal with the lacquer cut at Bernie Grundman Mastering and the mastering done at RTI in California, so I reckon it'll sound pretty good! Will have a listen later. :thumb:

 

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There was a copy of the mono reissue there but I'm not a mono guy and the stereo mix was cheaper anyway. B)

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After last night's Hawkwind session, I decided the time had come to finally get "Warrior On the Edge Of Time" on vinyl. Just purchased a brand new copy via Discogs.....the 2015 'Let Them Eat Vinyl' reissue. Sweet!

 

Hawkwind - Warrior On The Edge Of Time (2015, Gatefold, Vinyl) | Discogs

 

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This just arrived today from Dutch vinyl. Just sad I won't get to listen to it until the weekend 

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On 29/04/2021 at 12:23 PM, stevoz said:

After last night's Hawkwind session, I decided the time had come to finally get "Warrior On the Edge Of Time" on vinyl. Just purchased a brand new copy via Discogs.....the 2015 'Let Them Eat Vinyl' reissue. Sweet!

 

Hawkwind - Warrior On The Edge Of Time (2015, Gatefold, Vinyl) | Discogs

 

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Order cancelled by seller unfortunately....."I had already sold that one. Sorry." :ermm: 

 

FFS! :(

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Mint copy found, a clean this morning and a spin later today....

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Found another copy, same issue (2015 Let Them Eat Vinyl reissue), bit more expensive. Hopefully this one is actually 'available'! :rolleyes:

 

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Hi All,

 

A couple of albums that have arrived the previous two days :- 

 

Mum - Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OK : 20th Anniversary release

 

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dZihan + Kamien - IV

 

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On 27/04/2021 at 7:37 AM, Maynard said:

Nice. How’s the quality of the tone poet Andrew hill? 

Still haven't opened...yes i have many records still haven't got time to open yet, I need to make sure I have time to clean them first before I listen so I will wait until the day comes. However based on my other TP reissue, they all sound very good.

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7 hours ago, Mendes said:

@keyse1.... I hope you approve, Joan does Bob......spinning tomorrow 

🙏🙏🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼

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Shouldn’t you be celebrating your wedding anniversary?😀

Great record

Looks second hand

Lot of good versions there

I really like Love Is Just A Four Letter Word

I think it was the first time I ever heard that song

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Q: What do you do when Discrepancy Records advertises 20% off on a radio ad?

A: You buy that ****. That's what you do.

 

Some old holes being filled*. And some new acquisitions I've never owned on vinyl before.

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* I have a tail of woe about what happened to my first record collection where I lost some beautiful, original 60s-90s vinyl that I may tell on here one day.

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2 hours ago, El Tel said:

* I have a tail of woe about what happened to my first record collection where I lost some beautiful, original 60s-90s vinyl that I may tell on here one day.

Please ensure you put a warning in the title when you do.

My laptop responds poorly to tears on the keyboard.

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17 minutes ago, GregWormald said:

Please ensure you put a warning in the title when you do.

 

If there is enough demand, I shall dredge-up my notes and craft something. I still well-up just thinking about it nearly 30 years on 😭

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On 29/04/2021 at 12:23 PM, stevoz said:

After last night's Hawkwind session, I decided the time had come to finally get "Warrior On the Edge Of Time" on vinyl. Just purchased a brand new copy via Discogs.....the 2015 'Let Them Eat Vinyl' reissue. Sweet!

 

Hawkwind - Warrior On The Edge Of Time (2015, Gatefold, Vinyl) | Discogs

 

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My favourite hawkwind record 

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1 hour ago, Mendes said:

I should learn to walk past temptation, alas I had to grab it......thanks Dave 🙏

Still a copy or two left at @Frank Prowse Hi-Fi for the Dylan fans.

 

 

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Shopping, shopping, shopping.............................

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Hi All,

 

2 LPs arrived today from Germany, had been sitting there for 2 months before any movement, then took 4 weeks to arrive.

 

Marschmellows, Swoundosophy, Electronic / Downtempo

 

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Mop Mop, Kiss of Kali, Electronic / Jazz Fusion / Soul

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Purchased a new Universal/ Back to black copy of Supertramp's Breakfast in America. Coloured vinyl; not my thing I'm there for the music. Cover artwork yeah, but not picture disc. Compared to my MoFi copy? Garbage. Drowning in surface noise. I'm listening through Stax 009s' and a Blue Hawaii SE, which forgive nothing. I was warned. The B2B reissues are hit and miss. 

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6 minutes ago, Half Speed Virgin said:

Purchased a new Universal/ Back to black copy of Supertramp's Breakfast in America. Coloured vinyl; not my thing I'm there for the music. Cover artwork yeah, but not picture disc. Compared to my MoFi copy? Garbage. Drowning in surface noise. I'm listening through Stax 009s' and a Blue Hawaii SE, which forgive nothing. I was warned. The B2B reissues are hit and miss. 

I agree B2B can be hit and miss, but my experience is more hit than miss. I think you should reconsider coloured vinyl as the quality has improved over the last few years, I rarely get a bad pressing on coloured, the issue is usually the recording SQ, which can occur on black or coloured vinyl.

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