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    Default Dump shop bargain bin cd's - what are your recent finds?

    We all know that cd's are on their way out, and nowhere is that more apparent than at your local friendly dump/charity shop, where cd's not yet share the same fate as VHS tapes (not even accepted anymore, go direct to recycling) but they're not far off.

    Where I live there's a variety of these shops, and they have one thing in common; the 50 euro cents cd department. If you're lucky the have the classical stuff separated from the rest, but mostly it's an unsorted mess. No problem, searching for the proverbial pearl in a sea of mud can be rather time-consuming but it sure is fun, and often rewarding too.

    So, what are your recent finds? Anything really unusual and exciting or just more filling for your cabinet, stuff you won't play but hey, it's dirt cheap, and it's classical? (That happens a lot to me when they have their "10 for 2,50" super bargain and you're struggling pathetically to find something even remotely classical among the rubbish, just to fill the quotum...)

    Here's my latest bounty (from the last 2 months):

    Bach - Kunst der Fuge - Amsterdam Bach Soloists
    Balakirev - Symphony 2, Russia - Golovschin
    Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique - Jansons
    Berlioz - Requiem - Ormandy
    Bizet - Carmen (highlights) - Ozawa
    Boccherini - Flute Quintets op. 17 - Magnin, Janacek Q
    Brahms - Symphonies 2, 3 - Szell
    Britten - Ceremony of Carols - Hill
    Dvorak - Symphony 6, Wild Dove - Ancerl
    Dvorak - SQ op. 34, Terzetto op. 74 - Vlach Q
    M. Haydn - Requiem - Zacharias
    Mahler - Symphony 1 - Leinsdorf
    Mozart - Arias - Kiri te Kanawa, Tate
    Mozart - Arias - Battle, Previn
    Mozart - Cm Mass - Marriner
    Mozart - Hunt and Dissonant SQs - Emerson SQ
    Mozart - Divertimenti - Amadeus Winds
    Rimsky-Korsakov - Symphony 3 and Sinfonietta op. 31 - Anichanov
    Schubert - Songs - Von Otter
    Smetana - Ma Vlast - Wit
    Tchaikovsky - Symphony 6, Romeo and Julia - Ormandy
    Verdi - Luisa Miller (highlights) - Maazel
    Vivaldi - Mandolin Concerti - Giardino Armonico

    Boxes:
    Bach - B minor Mass - Marriner
    Bach - Weihnachtsoratorium - Harnoncourt (old one)
    Beethoven - Complete Symphonies - Cluytens
    Gluck - Orfeo - Gardiner
    Verdi - Falstaff - Karajan

    And a dozen or so of complation and recital disks that I'm to lazy to list...

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    Some nice stuff there. It's amazing the stuff you find in charity shops, etc. I've had some absolute crackers over the years from 20p - £1. My best haul though was actually free. A local woman was giving away 'some classical discs free to a good home'. I got there (5 mile drive) and she gave about 30cds (a few box sets) and 25 of them I've kept. One was the Haitink Schumann cycle that is usually pretty expensive and out of print. I'm currently negotiating for a rake of classical discs from a private cd seller who only wants 50p a disc and he's got some absolute crackers. If it comes off I'll be happy as Larry.
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    I picked this up for $13: 50 CDs of amazing recordings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJTh View Post
    We all know that cd's are on their way out, and nowhere is that more apparent than at your local friendly dump/charity shop, where cd's not yet share the same fate as VHS tapes (not even accepted anymore, go direct to recycling) but they're not far off.

    Where I live there's a variety of these shops, and they have one thing in common; the 50 euro cents cd department. If you're lucky the have the classical stuff separated from the rest, but mostly it's an unsorted mess. No problem, searching for the proverbial pearl in a sea of mud can be rather time-consuming but it sure is fun, and often rewarding too.

    So, what are your recent finds? Anything really unusual and exciting or just more filling for your cabinet, stuff you won't play but hey, it's dirt cheap, and it's classical? (That happens a lot to me when they have their "10 for 2,50" super bargain and you're struggling pathetically to find something even remotely classical among the rubbish, just to fill the quotum...)

    Here's my latest bounty (from the last 2 months):

    ...

    Dvorak - Symphony 6, Wild Dove - Ancerl
    Dvorak - SQ op. 34, Terzetto op. 74 - Vlach Q
    M. Haydn - Requiem - Zacharias
    Some great finds!
    If I had such a store nearby I'd drown in CDs, especially the "chaff" to get to 10 items. It is bad enough with a few orders at the commercial used vendors where one pays typically EUR 1-5 per disc.

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    I have bought a lot of Brilliant Classics discs from Presto. The best finds were:
    1) a set of “Gallante” Piano Concertos-essentially PCs by Composers who were known for other genres, mostly from the generation before Mozart
    2) a 4 disc set of Concerto Grosso works from the Netherlands
    3) John Fields PCs

    There are numerous CD resale shops around me, but they are all stuffy, poorly ventilated, and with the Pandemic and streaming, who needs it?

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    Second hand €45,00


    just arrived .
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    Saturday I had time to pop in to an Estate Sale in an upscale neighborhood; you never know what you can find. Turns out the deceased was a classical fan to some degree. A large amount of the cds I already had. But I did pick up the 63 Karajan Beethoven symphonies for $4, an unopened Bruckner set with Wand on RCA for $5, and best of all a big box of the most popular Verdi operas for $10. What a deal!
    "It is surprising how easily one can become used to bad music" - F. Mendelssohn

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