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  1. musicbox

    Sold - Nagaoka MP-500 MM Cartridge

    No worries.... It's now sold.
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    Sold - Nagaoka MP-500 MM Cartridge

    Bump - £450.Open to offers.
  3. I bought this to try and decided I prefer my Ortofon 2M Black after only a couple of hours. So its almost brand new, I have all original packaging and stylus guard. The Technics 1200 headshell in the photos will not be included. Due to its tiny size and shiny surfaces it wasa real pain to photograph with a mobile phone! These are c £700 new, you can have this one for £500 ono including UK Royal Mail Special Delivery. I'm in Edinburgh if you want to collect.
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    Jaguar XE V6 S

    I had a few hours in a XE 2.0 240BHP R-Sport petrol a few weeks ago. I thought it was OK, but seriously disliked the suspension which was very unsettled over any bumps and bounced around far too much. I also found there was far too much road and engine noise for an exec car. Not going on the shortlist.
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    Brexit good for the economy!

    I have to laugh at people claiming that Remainers were wrong to predict economic crisis due to Brexit, when we haven't actually left yet, and probably won't for a long time still to come. Brexit hasn't even started yet.
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    Who knows the brand?

    Looking at the way the front panel joins onto the bodywork I'd say its fairly budget gear. Saisho/Matsui? Or budget far-eastern.
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    Is There A Big Jazz Following Here?

    I'm not much of a jazz head. I like a few albums - kind of Blue, Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage. Couldn't grasp In a Silent Way or Bitches Brew, I know its good but doesn't speak to me. Herbie Hancock's Headhunters is great, is that jazz? Sounds like a re-invention after listening to Maiden Voyage. I am going to give his "Thrust" a go. I listened to that Martin Taylor video above.... for all the viruosity and however much the musician are loving it.... sorry, its call centre waiting music!
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    Classical bLog Cabin

    Funnily enough I listened to Abbado 2005 Mahler 6 with Berlin Phil last night, I think its the one that gets it right most of the time. I used to have the Sinopli/Philharmonia but offloaded it - found the slowness and hesitations in the andante off-putting and didn't get the narrative to cohere in final movement. As with several Mahler symphonies, the best version might be individual movements by different performers - so for the 6th I'd have Bernstein/VPO for 1st movement and Scherzo, Karajan (!) for the andante, and Abbado for the finale. Rafael Kubelik's Mahler doesn't get much attention nowadays - his DG 6th in his complete BRSO set is very good. But a live recording on Audite also with BRSO is stunning too.
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    Music to sooth a troubled soul...

    Its very difficult to muster any appetite for music when one is feeling down and depressed. But one piece that always restores me is Beethoven's Eroica. It has plenty of life and bounce, and profound bits too, especially the slow movement which might provide some catharsis. The 4th symphony is good fun, kind of like a knees-up on Mt Olympus.
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    Your Best "Classical Music" Discoveries of 2016

    My best discovery this year is Nyman's saxophone concerto "Where the bee dances" which I first heard at the final of BBC Young Musician. This performance does it full justice too - just like the amazing performance that night from 17 year old Jess Gillam. I don't normally go for Nyman, find his minimalism just too dull and too full of baroque pastiche.... but this is an exception.
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    Classical bLog Cabin

    Some new to me Music.... orchestral music from operas by Franz Schreker 1878-1934..... absolutely sumptious ravishing music. I first heard some of this music 25 years ago when I worked in a record shop and the Marco Polo label released new recordings of these operas.... I didn't much care for it then and all the singing put me off. The Operas themselves are all variations on a theme of Sex & Death, very much a product of his time - post-Wagner fin de siecle Vienna. In Germany & Austria in his own lifetime he was a big hit, up there with Richard Strauss and a much admired contemporary of Berg & Schoenberg. Nazism cut his career and his health short - he died before he became a victim of direct persecution, he was part-Jewish and his music regarded as decadent by Nazis. The music is somewhere between Strauss at his most opulent and Schoenberg before atonality - e.g. part 1 of Gurrelieder. Its fantastic - such a shame (for me) he was only interested in opera and never attempted tone poems, much less symphonies. Anyway, the disc below is magnificent.
  12. I've got an almost unused Trafomatic Head One that I've been thinking of selling for a while.... let me know if you want pics or other info. Has adjustable output impedence to suit different headphones and can be used as a preamp.
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    Classical bLog Cabin

    Live music with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Usher Hall..... Imogen Cooper gave a graceful & charming performance of Mozart's 27th Piano Concerto, which I'd like even more if it didn't have a silly twinkly tune in the first movement. The second part was Bruckner's 9th - with a completed finale by Samale-Phillips-Cohrs-Mazzuca (whoever they are? proud boast on the programme note was that Simon Rattle has endorsed this version). Thomas Dausgaard conducted a flowing account of the symphony, brisk by most standards but the BBC SO had a big sound - and the result was dramatic and quite thrilling if not quite cosmic in the way of Wand or Guilini. I would have been very content to finish with the 3rd movement.... but then the finale. Which was big & noisy, huge brass perorations from which I could sometimes recognise themes from the previous movements, and topped off in typical Bruckner style with a huge brassy chorale coda. Good.... but as far as I am concerned the three movements that the composer himself completed are perfect enough.