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Many record companies dubbed metals to tape in the 1950s and 60s, 
declicked them with garden shears and then junked the metals. So, you 
have the choice of an indifferent dub of an excellent source with gulps 
and a corrupted timebase or a modern transfer of a commercial presssing. 
Not an enviable choice...I once did a set of the Calvet Quartet from 
metals in excellent condition. One review took me to task for 
over-processing. Very little was actually required...what was I supposed 
to do - add surface noise?


On 15/12/2016 21:06, Don Cox wrote:
> On 08/12/2016, Gary A. Galo wrote:
>
>> Hi Jim,
>>
>> Seth Winner did them for Pearl many years ago - they do turn up on
>> Amazon. I have the Naxos Historical CDs that Mark Obert Thorn did, and
>> they sound very good. Although "Not for Sale in the US", Amazon
>> 3rd-party vendors have them. There are a total of 11 volumes. Try
>> searching for " schnabel beethoven naxos" as well as " schnabel
>> beethoven naxos historical" to come up with all of the available
>> choices. Some dealers are charging over-the-top prices for them.
>>
>> There's a new set from Warner/EMI that claims to be new 96/24
>> transfers:
>>
>> https://www.amazon.com/Beethoven-Piano-Sonatas-Artur-Schnabel/dp/B01GIUNCNM/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1481231831&sr=1-1&keywords=schnabel+beethoven
>>
>> You can't beat the price. The old EMI set sounded like crap - avoid
>> it. The newer transfers done by EMI at Abbey Road have been much
>> better than their work from the 1980s and 90s. If I had to do it, I
>> think I'd take a chance on that new Warner/EMI set.
>>
> I bought the new Warner set. It is a dsisaster. Somebody turned the
> noise reduction up to 11, and the remaining sound does not resemble a
> piano. It is more like a cheap 1980s electronic keyboard.
>
> I think the Naxos set is the best. There is still noise, but it does
> sound like a piano.
>
> Regards


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