Finding collectors for my CD collection? / Where to find Richter's Liszt Sonata on Palexa?

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Finding collectors for my CD collection? / Where to find Richter's Liszt Sonata on Palexa?

Dear all,

I buy MP3s via Amazon as they are cheaper and my library is all on my computer hard drive, leaving my Classical CDs to collect dust. I've decided to sell them but I'm finding it difficult. I've 500 discs so I simply can't list them individually on Ebay & Amazon (and I'd rather not give Ebay & Pay-pay (ANOTHER EBAY COMPANY!) my money). Equally I don't want to go to a classical dealer who'll pay minimal amounts and only cherry pick the best cds. I tried listing them on Gumtree but I've had no responses. I've been doing searches online for "classical CD fair/collectors/forums etc." but have had little luck in finding them. I'm a serious collector with a great collection, and I want to find other like-minded people who are interested in it. I don't wish to be spamming groups and forums but I'm unsure how else to find collectors. I'm 28yrs old, I don't have any friends who listen to classical, and I don't play any classical instrument in a ensemble, so I rarely meet classical enthusiasts.

I spent 12yrs reading every Gramaphone, BBC music & Penguin magazine/guide, serching for the best 3-star recordings by the best artists. Then, I would search online, 2nd hand, in the big HMV stores and the small independant classical stores until I found them at a price I could afford. If I ever found rare piano discs, historic recordings, or benchmark recordings at a cheap price I'd jump on them. I know there must be collectors out there who, like me, are after these, and I'm willing to better the price of any 2nd seller on Amazon, so it'll be hard to find anywhere cheaper. I live/work between Berkshire & Hertfordshire. I'm open to any suggestions, contacts or interested parties to help me find a new home for these CDs.

 

 Lots of collectable recordings, especially rare piano music, most of it is good as new, fair few cd cases have some wear, small percentage of CDs have minor scratches that don't affect playing, and only a very few have scratches that do (will provide a high-quality MP3 of the affected track/s to compensate if you want 1 of those cds). If we can avoid posting by meeting in Berkshire or Hertfordshire it will equal further savings.

Labels include-EMI, DG, Hyperion, Chandos, Naxos, Virgin, Decca, Sony, BBC legends, Olympia

Artists include- Abbado, Andsnes, Argerich, Ashkenazy, Berezovsky, Bostridge, Brendel, Cziffra, Davis, Demidenko, Dorati, Dutoit, Fischer, Florestan Trio, Gavrilov, Gergiev, Gilels, Goode, Gould, Harrell, Hamelin, Hofmann, Hough, Horowitz, Isserlis, Jansons, Jarvi, Karajan, Katchen, Kempff, Kennedy, Kocsis, Lane, Lin, Lipatti, Mackerras, Michelangeli, Moiseiwitsch, Mutter, Oistrakh, Ormandy, Osborne, Pappano, Perahia, Perlman, Pires, Plasson Pletnev, Previn, Rattle, Rachmaninoff, Repin, Richter, Rostropovich, Rubinstein, Scherbakov, Trpceski, Thibaudet, Volodos, Zimerman, Zinman

 

Please help!

Kind regards,

Dr. Stow (MChrio)

chirostow@gmail.com

07813 98 66 55

RE: Finding collectors for my CD collection?

Almost forgot!......

any ideas how to get hold of Richter's famous Liszt sonata recording from Carnegie Hall 1960's, on Palexa? Last saw it for more than £100 2nd hand on Amazon and I think that's extortionate.

Will the Palexa back-catalogue ever be re-issued for download online?

Cheers,

Jack 

RE: Finding collectors for my CD collection?

Almost 24 hours have passed and there is not a single response by anyone. You have to realise that there is very little interest out there. The world goes backwards and i'm afraid you too! To give away a (rather small but sizeable) collection of 500 CDs, including quite a few collectibles, and keep all your music in a hard drive constitutes a great leap backwards. It is like abandoning the real thing for the virtual reality. Of course, if you never consider yourself as a collector, you may have no problem at all. In any case, it's your choice and I wish you every success, if there is still any chance...

By the way, I am much older than you, I live in a far away country and I have a much larger collection than yours, which I managed to build spending a fortune. Despite certain regrets, I feel proud that, at least, I have such an archive of original and genuine music reproduction that may be any reference for future use by anyone (or any institution) interested. By the years, I also found out that the serious collectors constitute a discriminating minority that has to learn isolated, enjoying the rare thing called to listen a true to life playback music.

Besides, you have to know that any collection, small or huge, is like an Empire, as an old british collector of LPs once said, and the collector is  like the Emperor. If the Emperor cannot manage the empire anymore, this normally and simply...collapses.

Finally, the $100 price you found in Amazon for the second hand Richter/Liszt is for the collectible, not for the actual product! Since, apparently, you do not consider yourself as a collector, but as a buyer, then you should forget it. Some of the discriminating minority may jump in..

Parla

RE: Finding collectors for my CD collection?

Thank you for your concern Parla,

thankfully getting more responses after people emailed mesuggestions of where to advertise it. The world's classical buying public sadly aren't all Gramaphone forum members.

Think you may have missed my point, & others who have embraced the digital age, and if the size of someone's library is something to judge them by, then my computer music library consists of 2019 classical cds alone, not just the advertised 500 cds I'm hoping someone else will appreciate. These are all recorded in 320Kbps, a quality of compression the human ear can not decern between, let alone once your hearing decreases naturally with age (a concern of mine as I've already been drumming for 21 of my 28 years). I listen with sennheiser HD595 open-backed head-phones which offer some of the best quality & comfort for around £120 & are especially well suited classical music, so I'm not missing out on quality. I'm very proud of my collection, & the fact it is a record that can be used for reference in the future, just as yours can. 

I got fed-up years ago of my CDs being transported and getting scratched, so having a flawless, digital copy, backed up, whilst the original cd is safe in perfect condition is bloody good sense. It gives me the confidence and convienince of taking the collection I love everywhere I go. I also make my own play-lists, comparisons and can find any piece, artist or composer in a moment, something not so conveniently done in the "real worldd". In short, I listen to more of my library more of the time BECAUSE it's on a hard drive. If only I could fit more on my 80GB ipod it would be even more portable! 

I understand entirely what you are saying, and if in your experience and wisdom as a collector you don't want to see someone throw away something that they will miss later then I appreciate the sentiment. However, after all I've said, one might perceive you are the one who's "going backwards"? The truth of it is neither of us is really going backwards, it is a matter of perspective- you love to collect cds, and probably have them in one place and that suits you, where I love to collect the recordings, care little about the plastic, but due to traveling and space, a digital library suits me. You can call yourself what you like and define collector how you wish. I am a passionate collector / enthusiast of music. Personally, if I was dying, listening to my favourite works in my last hours might give me comfort and pleasure. I wouldn't concern myself if I couldn't hold the bit of plastic and paper that work came in!

If I was just a "buyer" I would not care about the works other than their monetery value. I have kept some cds that I will not part with, including personal signed discs by Perahia, Hamelin & Andsnes & others I keep for sentimental reasons.

Obviously the Richter CD is priced at £100 as it is a collectable and rare. I don't need to pay £100 for it to be able to call myself a "discriminating collector". Any cretin with a large wallet could buy it, it doesn't mean they are decerning. If I can't afford it, it does not mean I am not. That this happens to be the greatest performance of Richter's 4 recorded accounts and that no record company can seem to find the finacial bennefit of a reissue it is simply a great pity to all those you will never hear this great piece of art.

I hope you won't take offense to what I have said, or the tone in which I said it. I simply felt I should respond to your post. I love meeting anyone with a passion for music, & you obviously have a great one. I hope to find you on another page where we might discuss the music we love in good spirit.

Yours repectfully,

Dr. Stow (MChiro)

RE: Finding collectors for my CD collection?

For any interested collectors, my collection can now be viewed online at Facebook.

www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.257871280903861&type=1

Cds available individually or in bulk.

Cheers,

Dr. Stow (MChiro)

 

RE: Finding collectors for my CD collection?

To answer first your last paragraph request, I bring to your attention at least two threads whose I am fond of : "Anyone interested in Chamber Music"  (which I created) and  "M. Perahia's Partitas", which started as an exchange of two people, then, I intruded, and now it moved to some other territories. As a piano "freak", (I am, mostly, a chamber music "freak", which is very close to any instrumental one), I think you won't find my other contributions too "pertinent".

As for the rest, I appreciate the very well articulated way you defend your position. I think you didn't get well certain of my points, but, possibly, I will never understand how and why the "convenience" can replace the real thing. Allow me simply to inform you that, if you listen mostly (or even worse) only with headphones, you definitely live in pure "virtual reality". The music is air and needs air! That's why we have incredibly big and large concert halls, that's why loudspeakers are getting larger and larger (see the Wilson Audio Alexandria) and so on. As for the "quality downloads", I will reccomend to read some of the inputs in the Post on "SACD". I realise you are proud of the fact that you have more music now than with your previous 500 strong collection. However, for someone who has a collection of CDs and SACDs much more than 10 times your downloaded music, the whole thing looks so...different.

In any case, it's your life and you decide what to do with it. Besides, in the very difficult financial times we live in, your decision makes perfect sense. A final suggestion, if I am allowed : in case you don't manage to sell all of your collection and you simply see it to...be disintegrated, just donate it (or the rest of it) to someone who might be worthy, but, for some reason, he might not know it...yet. That would be a really good deed and you will feel liberated.

So long,

Parla

 

 

 

RE: We buy classical cd music collections

We buy classical music CD collections and can buy all in one go.

For your standard popular Naxos / DG / Hyperion type CDs we pay £1 per CD but can pay more for box sets, rarities  etc.

Hope that helps we are based in London but can travel

Hope that helps

 

ps I have not left a tel or web address / email cos not sure if that is allowed here

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