- The rare and highly regarded TAS List Heavyweight, Lyrita mastered as per HP’s preference
- Full, spacious, with a HUGE hall and amazing clarity
- Super Hot on both sides, you had better watch your levels – this copy is extremely dynamic
- This pressing is clearly a Demo Disc for Size and Space as well as a Demo Disc for Dynamics
This Lyrita-mastered title is a member of HP’s famous TAS Super Disc list.
It includes Eight English Dances, Four Scottish Dances and Four Cornish Dances.
The sound is uncolored and natural, with a mid-hall perspective, and very little multi-miking to be heard, all to the good.
It’s extremely fast, dynamic and clear, in those respects very much like live music. The top end is right and the overall sound balanced.
The woodwinds on the second track of side two are especially lovely.
This is an Older Classical/Orchestral Review
Most of the older reviews you see are for records that did not go through the shootout process, the revolutionary approach to finding better sounding pressings we developed in the early 2000s and have since turned into a fine art.
We found the records you see in these older listings by cleaning and playing a pressing or two of the album, which we then described and priced based on how good the sound and surfaces were. (For out Hot Stamper listings, the Sonic Grades and Vinyl Playgrades are listed separately.)
We were often wrong back in those days, something we have no reason to hide. Audio equipment and record cleaning technologies have come a long way since those darker days, a subject we discuss here.
Currently, 99% (or more!) of the records we sell are cleaned, then auditioned under rigorously controlled conditions, up against a number of other pressings. We award them sonic grades, and then condition check them for surface noise.
As you may imagine, this approach requires a great deal of time, effort and skill, which is why we currently have a highly trained staff of about ten. No individual or business without the aid of such a committed group could possibly dig as deep into the sound of records as we have, and it is unlikely that anyone besides us could ever come along to do the kind of work we do.
The term “Hot Stampers” gets thrown around a lot these days, but to us it means only one thing: a record that has been through the shootout process and found to be of exceptionally high quality.