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    Default Ridiculous bargains, CDs and MP3s thread

    I'll kick off with this possibly mispriced Brilliant box of 65 Handel CDs for $20.99 (in the US anyway).

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0106UFMP6/ref=cm_cd_asin_lnk

    Not available yet, but if you have an interest you maybe should order it now. Amazon has a price guarantee that applies even in cases of mispricing.

    Contents are on the Brilliant site, but not performers.

    Note that the Brilliant "complete Beethoven" box of 85 CDs was initially advertised at $29.95, an error quickly corrected. But those of us who ordered at that price got it. The box is currently $120. Just sayin'.

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    Thanks for the head's up. Ordered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    I'll kick off with this possibly mispriced Brilliant box of 65 Handel CDs for $20.99 (in the US anyway).

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0106UFMP6/ref=cm_cd_asin_lnk

    Not available yet, but if you have an interest you maybe should order it now. Amazon has a price guarantee that applies even in cases of mispricing.

    Contents are on the Brilliant site, but not performers.

    Note that the Brilliant "complete Beethoven" box of 85 CDs was initially advertised at $29.95, an error quickly corrected. But those of us who ordered at that price got it. The box is currently $120. Just sayin'.

    So you're saying the Accountants at Brilliant aint to brilliant?
    Schnabel's complete set of Beethoven Sonatas available as an mp3 for $5. Considering the age of the recordings, mp3 sound is perfectly acceptable, in fact I have the CD issue from Pearl but I can't detect any real difference when I stream the mp3 from my phone to the blue tooth dac of my regular rig.
    Krips/LSO cycle of the Symphonies also available as a $5 mp3, or the CDs can be obtained new or used for about $10 total.

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    I think there is another thread somewhere about Amazon bargains, but too buried in history maybe. I've noticed Amazon bargains are ephemeral anyway and all my $3.99 - $6.99 bookmarks lead to full price albums now.

    The Festetics Quartet Complete Haydn Quartets mp3 download is still $9.99 at CD Universe. I bought it quite some time ago and may never get around to exploring the whole gargantuan thing. The site has a lot of other bargains too, mostly boxed sets of lesser known works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Note that the Brilliant "complete Beethoven" box of 85 CDs was initially advertised at $29.95, an error quickly corrected. But those of us who ordered at that price got it. The box is currently $120. Just sayin'.
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    Last year my son and I both got 87 CD Complete Beethoven sets for $29.95 from a seller who noted they were essentially new but with damaged boxes. The damage was pretty minimal.
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    Thanks. Ordered. Even with shipping it's cheap.
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    I think the labels deliberately cut the price just before a box set comes out. It serves two purposes... first, the preorders get them some money back quickly to cover the disk run, and secondly it gets them on the Amazon top 100 sales list. Once they are on the top sales list, the price goes to normal and everyone thinks its a great set, not just a cheap set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post

    Contents are on the Brilliant site, but not performers.
    The site does say ". . . Concerto Köln, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum, English Chamber Orchestra, King’s College Choir and many others." Here's a link for those needing it. I had a little trouble getting to it.

    I may order it for the anthems and operas I don't have, but do I really need 65 CDs worth of Handel? Will I ever listen to all of it?

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    Its quite likely they´ll re-use material from the earlier 40 CD Haendel edition, which I own:
    http://www.musicweb-international.co..._Brilliant.htm

    Lots of good recordings there. The op.3 and op.6 are Rolla´s, not Pommer´s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    The site does say ". . . Concerto Köln, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum, English Chamber Orchestra, King’s College Choir and many others." Here's a link for those needing it. I had a little trouble getting to it.

    I may order it for the anthems and operas I don't have, but do I really need 65 CDs worth of Handel? Will I ever listen to all of it?
    Naming those ensembles seals it for me. I'm pre-ordering now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    I'll kick off with this possibly mispriced Brilliant box of 65 Handel CDs for $20.99

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    I don't normally go for baroque, so I will pass. But I was wondering, is there an Amazon page showing upcoming releases and pre-order (I searched, with no luck), or is it a case of catch as catch can during your normal browsing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Last year my son and I both got 87 CD Complete Beethoven sets for $29.95 from a seller who noted they were essentially new but with damaged boxes. The damage was pretty minimal.
    And this year my son and ordered the Brilliant box of 65 Handel CDs for $20.99. We combined our orders and got free shipping (on orders $35+) too!

    Thanks for the tip Ken!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedski View Post
    I don't normally go for baroque, so I will pass. But I was wondering, is there an Amazon page showing upcoming releases and pre-order (I searched, with no luck), or is it a case of catch as catch can during your normal browsing?
    You can go to the CDs and Vinyl section of Amazon, then click the Classical genre on the left side, then click into the Coming Soon area under the Featured heading. You can filter the list of (currently) 771 CDs by era, genre, artist, format, and a few other options. You can also sort by price.

    Unfortunately, I do not know of a way to spot what has been most recently added or discounted on Amazon. Camelcamelcamel is a good way to analyze pricing trends on specific releases.

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    Thanks, bharbeke.

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