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From: "phillip holmes" <[log in to unmask]>
> I prefer musicdirect for price, but both seem to offer good service.
> Both are actively involved in their own reissue efforts (musicdirect
> owns Mobile Fidelity, if I remember correctly). Tom, you know I'm one
> of those guys with the $5,000 vinyl front end and $500 CD setup. I'm
> guilty of not giving equal effort to the format, but since I have WAY
> more records and don't want to spend that much converting to digital,
> I'd rather max out my record listening experience. That, and I can't
> afford to spend any more money on equipment. I prefer vinyl for the
> very high frequencies (I wish SACD and DVDA had made it). I don't like
> Classic Records reissues most of the time. They're too bright for my
> tastes and usually brighter than the original. I prefer the mastering
> approach by Stan Ricker and Steve Hoffman--better bass, better surfaces,
> better maintained and alligned equipment, upgraded amps and mastering
> chain, but a record that still sounds like a much better version of the
> original. Kind of like those great sounding white label promos and test
> pressings--first stampers, better vinyl, the best mastering engineer
> available to the label.
Well, like many 78-ophiles, I tend to regard vinyl microgroove discs
as a sort of johnny-come-lately new-fangled version of actual "records!"
Steven C. Barr