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What are your most recent audiophile vinyl purchases?

After enjoying the "most recent hi-res purchases" thread for the past 6 or 7 years and learning about many of the hidden gems, I thought this would be a great topic of discussion.

I gave up on vinyl when I moved to Florida but have now added a Marantz TT15s1 turntable to my 2 channel room.

With all the new audiophile 180g/200g/45/etc reissues coming at us now, in the near future and the recent past. What are you guys and gals buying? What are the must have for an audiophile vinyl collection?

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After enjoying the "most recent hi-res purchases" thread for the past 6 or 7 years and learning about many of the hidden gems, I thought this would be a great topic of discussion.

I gave up on vinyl when I moved to Florida but have now added a Marantz TT15s1 turntable to my 2 channel room.

With all the new audiophile 180g/200g/45/etc reissues coming at us now, in the near future and the recent past. What are you guys and gals buying? What are the must have for an audiophile vinyl collection?

Discuss....
What are the better sources that you have found?

Now that I have a new preamp with MM/MC section, I'm still re-acquainting myself with all of the vinyl I have collected, starting in the late-'60s and am finding that a lot of it actually sounds pretty darn good. Of course, I have always kept my albums in excellent condition and if they were too worn or became damaged, they were replaced to avoid damage to whatever stylus I'm using.
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Better sources you mean places to buy vinyl? It's funny you ask as I'm going through the just delivered today Music Direct catalog. I haven't bought anything from them yet but I'm sure they will have my credit card on file by the end of the day.

I've been on the Music Direct mailing list for years. They send out very nice catalogs a few times a year and emails a few times a week. They appear to be the Amazon of audiophile recordings.

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Music Direct and Acoustic Sounds are the best sources I've found.

Try to avoid Amazon, as though their pricing is wonderful, they don't put anywhere near the care in shipping vinyl as Music Direct and Acoustic Sounds do.

The last LP I ordered from Amazon was delivered stuffed into a box diagonally.
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I love listening to Sarah McLachlan's records, perhaps all of which have been released on vinyl. Nicer, maybe "warmer", to my ears than CD's. Wonderful melodies and the voice of an Angel (pun intended). The woman is crazy-talented.

Going to see her in concert tomorrow night with the misses - 10 year anniversary. Trying to get my turntable hooked up tonight so we can "warm up" (pun also intended ).
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I love listening to Sarah McLachlan's records, perhaps all of which have been released on vinyl. Nicer, maybe "warmer", to my ears than CD's. Wonderful melodies and the voice of an Angel (pun intended). The woman is crazy-talented....
Ok, this is what I'm talking about, being introduced to new material. So as a Sarah McLachlan newbie, what album do I buy 1st?

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I love listening to Sarah McLachlan's records, perhaps all of which have been released on vinyl. Nicer, maybe "warmer", to my ears than CD's. Wonderful melodies and the voice of an Angel (pun intended). The woman is crazy-talented.

Going to see her in concert tomorrow night with the misses - 10 year anniversary. Trying to get my turntable hooked up tonight so we can "warm up" (pun also intended ).
You're not gonna make it to the show, are you?
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Ok, this is what I'm talking about, being introduced to new material. So as a Sarah McLachlan newbie, what album do I buy 1st?
The two "essential" Sarah's are 1993's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and 1997's Surfacing. You need them both; trust me on this. They're filled with her hits. Surfacing won her 2 Grammys and 4 Juno awards in 1998. I also have Touch, Solace, Afterglow, and Rarities Vol 2. All in 180 or 200 gram vinyl. These new heavier albums use a higher quality of vinyl and are made with better quality standards than the old flimsy crap from the 80's and earlier. They are virtually silent with regard to background hiss and pops when played on a good quality turntable & cartridge.

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You're not gonna make it to the show, are you?
Oh sure. You can always get frisky, but seeing the divine Ms. McLachlan live in concert (she tours rarely these days)...? Priceless!
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I'm also pretty big on early Norah Jones. Her first two albums are audiophile favs and are available in heavy vinyl. Come Away with Me (2002) is fantastic and was insanely popular (5 Grammys). Her second album, Feels Like Home (2004) is also pretty great. For me they're essential. After that, I can sort of take her or leave her, but some of her collaborations with other artists (she's done a bunch of 'em) are quite good.
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Rush is reissuing all their Mercury releases on 200 grain with included DSD downloads, one every month or so, 14 for the whole year, supposedly to commemorate 40ish years with Peart behind the kit. So far I've picked up Fly by Night, which is quite nice. By-Tor and the Snowdog!
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Rush is reissuing all their Mercury releases on 200 grain with included DSD downloads, one every month or so, 14 for the whole year, supposedly to commemorate 40ish years with Peart behind the kit. So far I've picked up Fly by Night, which is quite nice. By-Tor and the Snowdog!
i've got all of the mercury 200g reissues so far (FbN, CoS, 2112) and they all sound amazing, without a doubt some of the best sounding records i own. really impressed with these.
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i've got all of the mercury 200g reissues so far (FbN, CoS, 2112) and they all sound amazing, without a doubt some of the best sounding records i own. really impressed with these.
When did the 2112 get released, I thought it was yesterday but couldn't find it for sale on the website. Did you get it from rush.com or elsewhere?

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When did the 2112 get released, I thought it was yesterday but couldn't find it for sale on the website. Did you get it from rush.com or elsewhere?
i pre-ordered it from amazon. release date was the 17th.
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Rush is reissuing all their Mercury releases on 200 grain with included DSD downloads, one every month or so, 14 for the whole year, supposedly to commemorate 40ish years with Peart behind the kit. So far I've picked up Fly by Night, which is quite nice. By-Tor and the Snowdog!
You have a '37 000-18? Got any photos?

Did you see the '35 that was on Antiques Roadshow last week?
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I am a Rush fan from way back. I'll add a few of those gems to the cart for sure.

I guess Sarah McLachlan's Solace is out-of-print. I did find a new sealed 2 lp 45 rpm set for $56 on ebay. It's on its way...

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My most recent LP is Pat Methenys album Travels. It is a 180g german pressing. ECM seal.
Very nice sound and a good jazz fusion sample from 30 years back!
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i pre-ordered it from amazon. release date was the 17th.
Gotcha, I ordered mine this morning, thx!
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You have a '37 000-18? Got any photos?

Did you see the '35 that was on Antiques Roadshow last week?
I'll see if I can find a pic and post it, it's a pretty cool guitar, my favorite from the past five years or so. Probably going to my grave with me

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I'll see if I can find a pic and post it, it's a pretty cool guitar, my favorite from the past five years or so. Probably going to my grave with me
I went to a local shop and found a Shenandoah 12-fret that I was NOT looking for. I knew a little about that line, but had no experience with them. Turns out, this one was made after the working arrangement with the Japanese company had ended, but Martin told them they could continue making the ones they wanted. (Huh? Really?) I googled the model number and found the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum, where someone had asked about the same model in 2013. While reading about that one, I saw things that had looked very familiar and it turns out that it wasn't just the same model, it was the same guitar.

I worked at a Martin dealer in the '70s, so I'm familiar with some of the nuances of them, but this one had what I wanted- wider at the nut (I have big hands and my other guitars make it hard for me to fingerpick, so I suck at it. I thought this would be a good way to improve and work at that and it is. Small-body 000-28 style with 42-style fret markers, Indian Rosewood back & sides (laminated), fine herringbone binding and slotted headstock. It's definitely built heavier than the usual Martin construction, but it really sounds nice not dead-sounding, as I would have expected.
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Yesterday was buy it now Sarah McLachlan's Solace 45rpm. Tonight was Music Direct. I picked up a few classic essentials.

Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms (Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45rpm Vinyl 2LP)-

PINK FLOYD - WISH YOU WERE HERE (180G Vinyl LP)-

FLEETWOOD MAC - RUMOURS (180g 45rpm Vinyl 2LP)

THE EAGLES - THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971-1975 (180G Vinyl LP)-

LED ZEPPELIN - LED ZEPPELIN II: DELUXE EDITION (180G Vinyl 2LP)

and ADELE - 21. I don't know anything about her except some of my friends, family and customers like her. Gotta have a little something for everyone.

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Thoroughly enjoying my Beatles Mono boxed set.
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I've been eyeing up the Beatles box sets. I guess I could Google stereo vs mono and get a list of comparisons. What was your reasoning for buying the mono set?

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Hahaha, that was my 1st purchase from Music Direct. I'm very impressed with the way they box the albums. It took a few days to get from Illinois to Florida but I guess I'm just spoiled with Amazon Prime's ridiculously fast shipping.

My new rack will be delivered today so I'll be setting up the new turntable this weekend. It's been a while since I spun an LP.
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The last ones I bought were in 1998, if I remember correctly. I still listen to them but on digital dupes.
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USPS just delivered Heart, Dreamboat Annie, gatefold, 180 gram. Simply delightful. A must have IMO

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Ok, this is what I'm talking about, being introduced to new material. So as a Sarah McLachlan newbie, what album do I buy 1st?

Surfacing is my favorite from her. A must have.

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USPS just delivered Heart, Dreamboat Annie, gatefold, 180 gram. Simply delightful. A must have IMO https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004JAUDG8..._Fngjvb1PPE5E9
I have 3 original copies...and no turntable?

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