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    Hello all,

    I'm new to this forum, but not entirely new to Classical Music (although certainly not one to be counted among the cognoscenti). The reason I am basically starting from scratch is that when I moved from Portland, OR about a year ago, it was impossible to hire a moving company to bring my belongings to Wyoming, so I left with only what I could fit in three suitcases; that meant leaving my entire collection of CDs (and much more) behind.

    Currently, I'm planning to rebuild my music collection mostly through digital purchases, but will pick up CDs where they are either the only option or are cheaper than their FLAC counterparts (hasn't happened yet, but I'm just getting started). In the coming months, I expect to be asking for recommendations on Choral works (I'm just getting into this genre), best recordings, and shopping sites, etc..

    Rob

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    Welcome to Talk Classical, Rob. Enjoy the forum - it's mostly harmless.

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    Welcome, and an interesting project, since you'll ve able to compare a lot before any buying, plus draw on your experiences. A lot of us collectors have just assembled a lot, partly almost random, material through the years, in the old media of LPs and CDs.
    Last edited by joen_cph; May-04-2021 at 18:38.

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    I've built up my Classical collection by checking out Classical CDs from the library, and downloading them to iTunes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    Welcome, and an interesting project, since you'll ve able to compare a lot before any buying, plus draw on your experiences. A lot of us collectors have just assembled a lot, partly almost random, material through the years, in the old media of LPs and CDs.
    Yes, I had considered this possibility as well. Then it occurred to me that it really doesn't matter, because I simply don't have the 'ears' of an aficionado. I'd probably be unable discern a difference in quality between a piece played from KTEL's Classical Music Hits (not a real release as far as I know) and the same piece taken from the widely acknowledged best recording of that piece. Still, I try to buy quality when it's affordable. My original collection was assembled from ratings in the Penguin guide published in the '80s; I snapped up all the 'rosettes' I could.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianozach View Post
    I've built up my Classical collection by checking out Classical CDs from the library, and downloading them to iTunes.
    That method would have worked for me when I lived in Portland, OR, but Rock Springs is a triangle of three small towns trying to pass as a city. I have only seen the library from the outside and, even if Covid wasn't keeping it closed, it doesn't look like much. I doubt that they have much in the way of CDs to loan.

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