Thanks for all the responses (so far). I live in a pretty
record-conscious area, so I've long known about the general market
conditions for both classical LP and CDs.
The standard repertory on mainstream record labels on LP is
practically a dead market - hundreds of albums in $1.00 bins that sit
around for years - except for the occasional interesting
configuration (WLP; still sealed; interesting promo press material
For CDs, the market is rapidly declining, as it is for DVDs.
Downloaded classical music is rapidly rising, as is bit-rate quality.
Still, folks like DGG and Naive and Naxos release incredible amounts
of new CDs each year... Since most new classical CDs I see are
"international" - pressed usually in Europe - I can only assume the
retail market is more widespread than DVD (damn regional coding!).
That may sustain the market a bit longer.
Ironically, new LP pressing has surged into a healthy niche market,
and will probably stay that way, serving both audiophiles and
Although the vast majority of classical LP have low collector value
(as do pop records), there are enough desirable rarities to still
make an authoritative price guide useful. Bluebacks, shaded dogs, old
stereo UK pressings, private releases, early mono quartets, avant
garde and uncommon modern composers - these sorts of niches still
reach good prices on the collector market. Far as I see.
Stephen M.H. Braitman
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