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    Exclamation Beethoven's Late Quartets on VINYL! Only VINYL! Need help...

    Could any of the vinylheads out there recommend a great LP set of Beethoven's late string quartets?

    It seems the Budapest version is a perennial favorite: http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-LP-BOX-COL...item4abffafcbf Though I'm surprised since I heard Columbia Masterworks recordings were not very good. Still, I actually heard portions of this, albeit on a HIGH-END SYSTEM, and thought it sounded great.

    I've also seen the Hollywood Quartet's fetching upwards of $250.

    But I'm looking for more in the budget area. Possible to get a nice recording in decent shape for under $50?

    Thanks!

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    The Yale Quartet on Vanguard. Good sound, very inspired performances. I am not a real sound buff though. There´s a 4LP-set on Ebay for $ 12 ...
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trks...at=0&_from=R40

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    I'd look for the Concert-disc set of the late quartets by the Fine Arts Quartet.


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    Quartetto Italiano on Philips or Vegh Quartet on Telefunken would either be a great budget find!

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    Only one I have ever heard is the ones recorded by the Amadeus Quartet, included in DG's Beethoven Bicentennial collection. I see them around, but haven't heard them since I was a kid (my dad owned the whole collection). Don't know where they fall in terms of quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptr View Post
    Quartetto Italiano on Philips /ptr
    Hard to beat the Quartetto Italiano!

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