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    Thank you to everyone for your advice. You've certainly given me a lot to think about. When the time comes to buy this thread will certainly be my guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Actually it proves only that most people have difficulty formulating a totally objective and accurate view of such things. But it is possible. See my earlier recommendation, for example.
    I like a modest man! If I had to keep just one set, I would go with the Quartetto Italiano. Outstanding play, the sound has held up well and it was a birthday gift from a Daughter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quartetfore View Post
    I like a modest man! If I had to keep just one set, I would go with the Quartetto Italiano. Outstanding play, the sound has held up well and it was a birthday gift from a Daughter
    I flit between Italiano and Vegh as my go-to set but really enjoy lots more. The Alexander set was my latest squeeze, a few months back but I'm back to Vegh again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damianjb1 View Post
    Thank you to everyone for your advice. You've certainly given me a lot to think about. When the time comes to buy this thread will certainly be my guide.
    Let us know how you've got on when you bought something.

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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I'm extremely grateful for the time you all took to give me your advice.
    I decided on the Takacs Quartet. 713HdB9v58L._SX522_.jpg
    I paid $38.99 on Amazon for 7 CD's, a Blu-Ray and a DVD. Seems like a pretty good bargain to me.
    Thanks again.
    Last edited by damianjb1; Oct-21-2017 at 07:40.

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    Now there's a set you'll never regret buying. But sets 2-20, let's talk about that...


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    As to physical discs, I too am partial to the Vegh, Italiano, and Takacs, though I don't claim to have auditioned a broad spectrum of the many Beethoven Quartet recordings available for purchase.

    I'm going to mention a couple of filmed concert performances found at YouTube that will likely never find their way to commercial release. First up, the Jasper Quartet playing Op.59 No.3 as part of WQXR's Beethoven String Quartet Marathon. A few forgivable minor blemishes aside, I'm quite taken with this performance, the second movement in particular. Second, the Ariel Quartet has a number of B's quartets available for view, again filmed concert performance. All are worth watching / listening to. I'll link the final movement of Op.95.

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    So many fine sets around there, since the OP matters for great sound I will recommend: Tokyo (RCA), Tákacs, or Alban Berg. You can't go wrong with any of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heliogabo View Post
    So many fine sets around there, since the OP matters for great sound I will recommend: Tokyo (RCA), Tákacs, or Alban Berg. You can't go wrong with any of this.
    I've just seen you made your choice. You won't regret it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damianjb1 View Post
    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I'm extremely grateful for the time you all took to give me your advice.
    I decided on the Takacs Quartet. 713HdB9v58L._SX522_.jpg
    I paid $38.99 on Amazon for 7 CD's, a Blu-Ray and a DVD. Seems like a pretty good bargain to me.
    Thanks again.
    Excellent choice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Now there's a set you'll never regret buying. But sets 2-20, let's talk about that...
    Well yes. I have no doubt I'll be coming back for more advice soon. I'm glad to hear to hear you think I've made a good choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heliogabo View Post
    I've just seen you made your choice. You won't regret it.
    Thank you. I can't wait until they arrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Excellent choice!
    Thank you. Very much appreciated.

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    My favorite Takacs recording is their complete recording of Benjamin Brittens Quartets. Very interesting music, and great performance and sound. I had a chance to see them several weeks ago(second time) and they were outstanding.

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    what's the flaw of Talich version?

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