Gramofile - please can we have it back?

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Gramofile - please can we have it back?

Do others agree that the demise of Gramofile when the full archive became available online was a retrograde step?  It was such a useful way of finding past reviews of discs.  The Archive seems useless in this respect.

RE: Gramofile - please can we have it back?

Yes, I agree.  The archive is horrendously frustrating to look through - it could be a truly wonderful resource, but not the way it's been implemented - and not  having a dedicated database of reviews is a significant loss.

 

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RE: Gramofile - please can we have it back?

I'm in total agreement. I became so used to the Gramofile that I stored away my collection of Gramophone magazines, except for the last year. Now I often find myself in the basement looking for an old review that a year ago I could get in seconds through Gramofile.

Sanelli

RE: Gramofile - please can we have it back?

I absolutely agree. Please give us Gramofile back. It was a most useful and valuable tool.

 

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Yes, I agree. The main problem is that the search facility is so woefully inadequate for such a large and complex database of material, and for such a knowledgeable clientele.  For example, there is no way (as there was with Gramofile, if I remember rightly) of searching by composer + work, surely the most obvious of searches of the archive, let alone by, say, genre. 'Advanced' indeed! Come on, Gramophone, this isn't Google, where we're perhaps prepared to tolerate quick and dirty searches. The basic principle of website design (indeed of all design) is that it does what is required of it. No amount of prettiness will make up for its absence.

JFLLGR
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Absolutely agree. It's hard to figure out why they would get rid of the most useful feature in the website. The archive is wonderful but at the end of the day I'd much rather have Gramofile.

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Absolutely agree. The index & search are painful because the OCR has so many errors. Searching seems to be a crude AND of terms, and poor OCR means you don't know what has been missed, as well as many false hits (Mahler's Symphony 86, anyone?)

I could bear the awkward reading interface if it were backed by something like the previous database for searching.

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Yes, I agree.  The archive is great for articles such the 'Gramophone Collection' series but really hit and miss for individual reviews.

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I absolutely agree with this. Gramofile was really useful when trying to find info about cds no longer in the catalogue before buying on sites such as ebay.

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Total agreement.  I usually don't even bother trying to locate old reviews any more.  A good part of the time, the archive cannot even find things that I know should be there.  So like other posters, I resort to rummaging through old copies

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I also totally agree that the demise of Gramofile is not a good thing, and very retrograde step.  Why remove it when it was such a comprehensive, obviously useful service and the only decent one of its kind?  The current site is useless for searching and finding reviews!

I also filed away (boxed in the attic) my 30+ years of Gramophone as I assumed I would no longer need them for review searches -  indeed was contemplating selling them - but obviously no longer!

Come on, please restore the Gramofile database as a matter of urgency, it was the most useful part and still would be of this site!

 

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