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The 132,000 Pounds turntable you saw in this "outlet" is not the most expensive one, apparently, particularly if the tonearm and cartridge were included in this price.
You may consider that there is about a dozen of turntables that their cost (without tonearm and cartridge) start from $130,000 going up to nearly 700,000! They represent the best possible achievements in the field with no cost limitations. For example, the Goldmund Reference II is a limited edition product of only 25 turntables, handmade in Switzerland, and its stand only (of steel and aluminium) reaches the 200 kg. A Vertere Reference tonearm starts from $36,000, while a Koetsu Blue Lace cartridge costs about $15,000!
As for the Vinyl Limited Edition of Brahms' Symphonies with Rattle is a "Collector's Item for Vinyl Fans", as the label advertised. It is a one of a kind recording, using the "Direct to Disc" technique, trying to represent an almost identical atmosphere as the one in a live concert, without any intervention in processing the original mastertape. The BPO producer and engineer claim that a "tonal authenticity" is achieved, capturing the original acoustics of the Berlin Philharmonie Hall, while only a single pair of microphones had been used. Corresponding to the age of Brahms' date of birth, only 1833 copies have been released globally in this (very) limited edition. I trust that there will be a corresponding number of potential buyers around the globe, having the money, the equipment and the genuine interest to get this "exotic" item. In any case, I do not think that these few, who buy this limited edition set, will noticeably contribute to providing any particular income to anyone or increasing the job market. As for "wasting their money", perhaps, in the same way, people spent millions and millions for a mansion, a Rolls, a private jet, a Brioni suit, an exclusive 14-course dinner in an "only for members" restaurant and so on.
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