Every Label Made Bad Sounding Records
Deutsche Grammophon Made This One
I’ve been playing a lot of different pressings of this music lately, trying to find the recordings that are most likely to win a shootout.
My notes for this one read: Very multi-miked. No depth, but the stage is wide. Not warm but dynamic.
There are a lot of DG recordings that have this kind of sound. We’ve played them by the score. Most went directly into the trade bin.
We simply do not sell classical records with this kind of second-rate sound regardless of the how good the performances may be.
Our job is to find you good sounding pressings. That’s the reason we carry no Heavy Vinyl of any kind, exactly one Half-Speed mastered title (John Klemmer’s Touch), rarely any Japanese pressings, and almost nothing made in the 21st century.
If these kinds of records sounded good — in other words, if they did well in shootouts — we would be happy to offer them to our customers. But they don’t.