Category Archives: 180 gram

Reiner / CSO – Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G (2LP, Classic Records, 180g test pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Performer: Lisa Della Casa
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Classic Records | LSC-2364
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.13GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.08GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (293MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

This is by far, the rarest and most expensive item I have ever shared here on boxset.

Test pressings are usually limited to 20-25 copies. They’re given to the artists/producers/etc to check things before doing a full press run – the very first copies produced. Occasionally, they will contain anomalies and end up being scrapped. More often than not, however, they are pristine with phenomenal sound. That is the case here.

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Ansermet / OSR – Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 & No. 8 (mono, original UK pressing)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1956)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: London Records | LL 1493
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.72GB), 24-bit/96kHz (844MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (208MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Le Quatuor Danois – La musique de chambre de Mozart (exclusive 5LP compilation, French pressings)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performers: Le Quatuor Danois (with guests)
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 5
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Disques Valois | MB 706/746/747/756/759
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (10.2GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.12GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.36GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

I received this box from thelonious quite awhile ago. However, once I ripped it, I discovered that what was in the box was actually a combination of different albums by Le Quatuor Danois – all Mozart, but not the albums that were supposed to be in the box. Plus there were only 5 LPs instead of 6.

The artwork you see above is exclusive to this rip. Enjoy!

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Chailly / GOL / Bollani – Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (fonè, 2LP, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: George Gershwin
# Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig
# Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: fonè Records | 050
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.05GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.51GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (392MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Quite possibly my new favorite version of “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Like all of the other fonè releases, sound quality is absolutely stunning.

Don’t miss this one!

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Johnny Hodges – The Complete Johnny Hodges Sessions 1951-1955 (mono, 6LP box set)

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# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Mosaic Records | MR6-126
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (6.98MB), 24-bit/96kHz (3.50GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (0.99GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

The next in the series of Mosaic boxes. 24/192 is available this time!
Like the other Mosaic posts, this is a report from black circles..

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Various Artists: The Decca Sound – Mono Years: The Birth of High Fidelity (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Igor Stravinsky, Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Britten, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Perez Turina, Edouard Lalo, Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninov
# Orchestras: L’Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
# Conductors: Ernest Ansermet, Erich Kleiber, Eduard van Beinum, Ataulfo Argenta, Jean Martinon
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13, DR 12, DR 11, DR 12, DR 13, DR 13
# Label: Decca | 478 8027
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (8.28GB), 24-bit/96kHz (4.02GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.05GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Accardo / OCI – Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (fonè, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Orchestra: Orchestra de Camera Italiana
# Conductor: Salvatore Accardo
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: fonè Records | 064
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.70GB), 24-bit/96kHz (884MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (242MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Various Artists – The Originals: Legendary Recordings from the Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Edvard Grieg, Gustav Holst, Carl Orff, Richard Strauss, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Orchestras: London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra,
# Conductors: Claudio Abbado, William Steinberg, Eugen Jochum, Herbert von Karajan, Jewgenij Mrawinskij
# Vinyl (2014)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14, DR 14, DR 12, DR 14, DR 12, DR 12
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 00289 479 3760
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (11.6GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.83GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.46GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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This is one of the best classical box sets I’ve heard. Outstanding performances, stunning sound quality, and perfect pressings. Enjoy!

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Various Artists: Mercury Living Presence 3 (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Franz Lehár, Imre Kálman, Erno Dohnányi, Emil Waldteufel, Josef Lanner, Josef Strauss, Ernest Bloch, Cesar Franck, Arthur Sullivan, Ottorino Respighi, Charles Gounod, Richard Wagner
# Orchestras: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble
# Conductors: Antal Doráti, Howard Hanson, Paul Paray, Frederick Fennell
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14, DR 14, DR 12, DR 12, DR 15, DR 13
# Label: Mercury | 478 8058
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (10.3GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.24GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.42GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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