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I'm in japan.i figure If Microsoft are sending a SMS to my Australian mobile number it different while in Japan.I have. 21 day data plan for internet which works for my iPhone and iPad.currently in Okayama and will be back in Tokyo Monday fly home Thursday.

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Getting close to 100.Will post x2 boxes with EMS next week.Wil detail cost to Adelaide later.

Stump

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Man, you've cleared out the Marc Bolan / T. Rex inventory! Looks like a great haul.

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14 minutes ago, mightyvinyl said:

Man, you've cleared out the Marc Bolan / T. Rex inventory! Looks like a great haul.

Trex gets a lot of play in my house so can never have enough.As you said no matter how many records you buy in Japan there are 1000s of boxes to replace  the ones on display.Also agree prices are going up like the rest of the world.Still you can not beat the range.

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Yeah sadly I noticed an increase in the last few years over in Japan.  However compared to Australia, Stump is correct.  The range in Japan is 1000 times better than here.

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Me too, noticed a definite increase on my trip in October 2016 compared to one year earlier.

 

The days of Japan being THE place for awesome deals seems to have passed, but still tons of great stuff (just not so much of a bargain anymore).

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Hate to be the voice of negativity but is the mastering on Japanese LP's generally good? I understand Jap made stuff is revered because of the pressing and sleeve quality, and of course some salivate over an Obi, but I am unconvinced that as a generalisim, they are great masters. Can anyone comment?

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2 hours ago, mondie said:

Hate to be the voice of negativity but is the mastering on Japanese LP's generally good? I understand Jap made stuff is revered because of the pressing and sleeve quality, and of course some salivate over an Obi, but I am unconvinced that as a generalisim, they are great masters. Can anyone comment?

When the same record release is pressed in different countries around the world at the same time wouldn't it all be the same master? I know the cutting can vary and as there is an allowable standard amount of clicks and pops the early Japanese pressings excel......

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No not at all Stump. Collectors of records especially anything pre mid-80's, covet LP's made in the country of the bands origin because it is mostly likely to be mastered from the original tapes whereas other countries are often left to use copies of the master tape. I would expect that modern pressings are more likely to use common masters but again this depends on licencing and other factors. Its a messy and complex minefield if you want the best version of an album, but investing some time into tracking down the better versions can bring greater SQ gains than many system upgrades.

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21 minutes ago, mondie said:

No not at all Stump. Collectors of records especially anything pre mid-80's, covet LP's made in the country of the bands origin because it is mostly likely to be mastered from the original tapes whereas other countries are often left to use copies of the master tape. I would expect that modern pressings are more likely to use common masters but again this depends on licencing and other factors. Its a messy and complex minefield if you want the best version of an album, but investing some time into tracking down the better versions can bring greater SQ gains than many system upgrades.

 

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I've always found *most* Japanese mastering very dry and tight...sometimes this works, sometimes it ruins the recording.

can't argue with the quiet surfaces though..which is why a title like Pink Floyd's 'Final Cut' are, arguably, no better discovered than on a bog-standard Japanese pressing. Simply outstanding to listen to, on any system.

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1 hour ago, candyflip said:

 

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I've always found *most* Japanese mastering very dry and tight...sometimes this works, sometimes it ruins the recording.

can't argue with the quiet surfaces though..which is why a title like Pink Floyd's 'Final Cut' are, arguably, no better discovered than on a bog-standard Japanese pressing. Simply outstanding to listen to, on any system.

 

The super low noise floor of Japanese vinyl, especially the JVC Super Vinyl from the late 70s into the 80s can make a profound difference to a recording where there is a lot of low level and complex detail. Stuff like The Final Cut really benefits from this.

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That's all the record shopping for this trip.Just packed up one box to send to Adelaide.Picked up the box from Reconfan with some stiffeners (free) total weight was 16.2Kg.  Which was about 50 records.Post from post office EMS was $255Au.  (22200 yen) that's airmail.

That added $5. Per record with the average price of my records being $20.

Still able to carry 60 records in my luggage so overall works out ok.

The pic give a idea of the box size next to a LP and the chart highlights the Australian destination price in Japanese Yen...

Couple more last minute buys las night....

Stump

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Posted 10:33am Wed 15 Mar

Depart Tokyo 7:00pm Thu 16 Mar

Arrive Melb 8:21am Sun 19 Mar

Arrived Home 9:39am Tue 21 Mar

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Box arrived safe! Now that I'm home the postage expense is a non issue.Great to have the records.

 

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5 hours ago, mondie said:

No not at all Stump. Collectors of records especially anything pre mid-80's, covet LP's made in the country of the bands origin because it is mostly likely to be mastered from the original tapes whereas other countries are often left to use copies of the master tape. I would expect that modern pressings are more likely to use common masters but again this depends on licencing and other factors. Its a messy and complex minefield if you want the best version of an album, but investing some time into tracking down the better versions can bring greater SQ gains than many system upgrades.

I agree with that Mondie.Given that scenario you would not buy any Japanese records unless the bands recorded in Japan.The number of times a remastered Bowie LP comes out you will hear from the 60 year old ears "Its not as good as my Uk first pressing matrix number blah blah blah .Give first pressings are rare expensive and if unplayed and mint means they don't listen to them anyhow.I myself have some first pressing but also love the latest x2 Bowie box sets......

So for myself The Japanese pressing is more about being quiet ,great condition for age ,nice album artwork OBI strip and the thrill of putting on a LP made in 1974 sounding pristine is what it's all about........

Stump

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And that's fair enough Stump. Plenty of Jap pressings are regarded as being as good as anything else. I see the recent Bowie Next Day Japan only release in your stash :) $20 per record on average is very good, much less than I thought. Looks like I am off to Japan on the 30th March :thumb:

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1 hour ago, mondie said:

And that's fair enough Stump. Plenty of Jap pressings are regarded as being as good as anything else. I see the recent Bowie Next Day Japan only release in your stash :) $20 per record on average is very good, much less than I thought. Looks like I am off to Japan on the 30th March :thumb:

The new Bowie LPs was not part of my average! The Next Day double Yellow is $75 here but $280-$400 on eBay.I got stung myself buying the Blackstar Red 45RPM 12 inch for $280 eBay thinking it would sell out before my trip.At $40 each at the Bowie Is expedition the dozen I have will keep me going a while........

No doubt your In Tokyo for work and not have much spare time.The Bowie Exhibition is on up to April 9th and if there is one record shop you could get to I would recommend Reconfan in Shibuya .The building is called Shibuya Beam and shop is on the fourth floor.  Open 11.30 - 9pm

Google maps will show you the way.

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Stump,  My meetings will be at 7 Kanda-Mitoshiro-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. No idea if thats near Reconfan but I will do some googling and try to make it for a visit. The red 45rpm Blackstar is a good call, I will go hunting a copy :) My schedule looks pretty generous so I will have time for some crate digging.

 

Cheers

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More Record Shops In Japan

Kochi Shops

Silky Records

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Pop In Music

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Hiroshima Shops

Misery Records

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Stereo Records

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Groovin Records

 

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The Vinyl Guide has a great series of record shops around the world.Here is a taste of Japan.

 

 

 

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Great photos Stump, the shops are all immaculately laid out.

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12 hours ago, mondie said:

Great photos Stump, the shops are all immaculately laid out.

Immaculately laid out is what Japanese do best.Looking at every LP record and single on display has been washed graded all information printed and put on computer .That included the boxes below waiting to fill the display shelf.

Nagasaki Record Shops

 

Sunny Boy (One of my favorite)

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Borderline Records

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Bought a few records here.Just about to leave when I noticed the roof..

 

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Ticro Market

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Loving these photos :)

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While visiting Matsumoto city last week with my wife, I chanced upon a second hand cd n vinyl shop (Beatniks) and picked up 11 records at an average price of no more than $5/record and especially lucky to find Breakfast in America (pressed on virgin vinyl) in mint condition. The shop is run by a quiet and nice young man in his late 30s and very pleasant to deal with.  The shop space was basically running out of spaces as whole floors and walls are filled with vinyls and cds. There were so many excellent lps to choose from, just didn't have time to browse through them all. 

 

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@vinilink

I lived in Matsumoto many years ago - actually studied there. That was before I became a lover of vinyl. 

Bob 

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