One less brick-and-mortar source..I went into Record Theater in Buffalo
yesterday and looked in vain for the "new classical" bin, and even more in vain
for ANY classical CDs. They ain't carryin' them any more.
On the other hand, I did find a sealed Chuck Berry disc (The Great 28) in the
"used" section for 7 bucks (actually $2 since I had a filled stamp book), and a
Pete Candoli LP on Stereo Fidelity for 50 cents (he just died this week, didn't
Tom Fine wrote:
> Yeah, I'm with Don. I wouldn't blame Amazon. But I will add something
> interesting I've discovered -- Amazon doesn't carry quite a bit of
> in-print classical content that is carried at ArkivMusic. And it's not
> just obscure stuff . And I'm also not talking about the stuff that's out
> of print but Arkiv has the right to sell as CDR's (the ArkivCD series).
> Arkiv simply has a larger selection of classical titles. But, Amazon
> still carries more than any brick-and-mortor store that ever existed
> anywhere near where I've lived in my 41 years. And I did used to make a
> yearly pilgrimage to J&R Music World, which had a classical-only store.
> Same for jazz titles, by the way, and J&R had a separate jazz-only store
> too. Amazon has greater variety. And there's the hidden "weapon" of
> Amazon's "buy new and used" where you have access to all those smaller
> sellers with still-shrink-wrapped out of print titles for sale. I wish
> Amazon would adopt a browsing interface more like Arkiv for both jazz
> and classical but Amazon's search engine is fast and semi-effective
> (effectiveness directly related to specificity of search terms).
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Friday, January 25, 2008 12:46 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] The "dumbing down" of Downloaded Recordings
>> On 25/01/08, Bob Olhsson wrote:
>>> -----Original Message----- From Tom Fine: "...MANY CD titles are being
>>> taken out of print, and not because a reissue is made with a better
>>> remaster of the same material. One of the first consultant-driven
>>> cutbacks a megaglomerate makes to
>>> keep its stock price from cratering is to make a an ever-higher cutoff
>>> point for number of units
>>> sold per time period in order for an item to stay in-print..."
>>> This certainly affects decisions about new pressing runs. I'm told the
>>> real underlying problem is that the "megaglomerate" retail stores are
>>> returning everything that they can't turn over within six weeks. The
>>> one-two punch of Napster and Amazon have killed the classical market
>>> dead because a huge percentage of sales in the past came from folks
>>> who were browsing and stumbled across something interesting in the
>>> classical section of a store.
>> You can browse in Amazon, too.
>> Don Cox
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