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    Can't have too much music!

    Just been through all my Vinyl, 3 Readers Digest box sets for 22 discs and 95 other discs, slightly over half jazz and big band swing, 12 Classical, about 20 of my late wife's popular 50s/60s, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Dean Martin, Paul Anka, Streisand, Elvis and similar nostalgic stuff, of 60s/70s groups only 3x Focus, 1 each Gryphon, Gentle Giant & Sky and 10 Renaissance, saw then twice. Four Latin, Xavier Cugat/Herb Alpert type.

    Still got a couple of boxes of cassettes and loads of CDs (150+) to go through.

    As though that's not enough I've got quite a few Gb of downloaded music from sites like Baroque Music and Archive.org, plus Amazon MP3s.
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    Yeah, I have tons of music. A big box with about 100 Johnny Winter CDs. Another box with about 40 Bob Dylan, one with about 25 Neil Young, 15 Johnny Cash, a variety of other stuff from Deep Purple to Jimi Hendrix, then there is classical. I have many boxes of classical, mostly symphony, choral works, and tons of opera. And I have close to 100 opera DVDs. I still keep buying music. There is no end to it.
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    Mike, ever thought of starting your own radio program? Or station?

    My collection is puny in comparison and I thought I had a good number of recordings (LP, Cass, CD)

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    Mike, ever thought of starting your own radio program? Or station?
    I'm trying to start a "Music Evening" in the block of retirement apartments I live in; had a trial run last week, only got 3 of us there, but I know a few more that will attend any future meeting, I probably did not give sufficient advance notification.
    Cheers MIKE.

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    We have a music group that meets once a month taking it in turns to be host, it is classical only but I do slip a short jazz number in on the odd occasion, we aim for 90min of music which allows for a bit of a chat between works, we have complete works and sometimes short bits from various works (see attached program)
    Music at Mahoe 14 Feb 2013.doc

    Started it in about 1990 we are now down to 4 regulars (people keep dying) + another 4 that come now and again, we make a printed program and have food and wine etc.

    I wish you every success with your group Mike
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    Mike, that's fantastic that you are doing this.

    Colin, that's a nice program.

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    A couple of days ago I finally bit the bullet and took my remaining vinyl albums (and a couple of 45 singles) to a local community radio station to donate them. They are having a sale next weekend called "Hot Cakes" where they offload CDs and vinyls that they don't want any more for whatever reason - perhaps because they have digitised the contents for airplay so don't need the physical copy any more.

    For years I have dithered about what to do with my legacy vinyl. I did not want to acquire a turntable just so I could play those, since I no longer buy vinyl. Commercial services exist for transferring vinly records to CD, complete with artwork and packaging, but they are ridiculously expensive. I have managed to track down CD versions of most of them; a couple seem hard to find but I can listen to the music on Spotify. The clincher was finally managing to score from Discogs a CD version of an album I brought back from Brazil.

    Now that they are off my hands, it's more of a relief than anything. CDs and the odd download will satisfy me.

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    Well done bob, the death of the CD is constantly being forecast but from what I see on forums and the www in general it is still going strong, an interesting bit of info here
    http://www.whathifi.com/best-buys/hi...ource=20170310
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    Thing is Colin, as age advances our hearing becomes degraded and thus is not good enough to tell the difference between mid and top range equipment, nearly all my listening these days is MP3s on the computer, either downloaded or ripped from CD, vinyl or even cassette; I'll admit that once it leaves the computer it is handled by Technics and Kef but only because I've had them for years, I would not go out and buy new at current prices.
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    I see that LP's are going to make a comeback ... there is a certain 'warmth' to the LP sound that isn't quite "there" in a CD recording. Some claim it is the depth of the grooves that help make the sound better.

    I still have a LP player as part of my audio setup at home. And a dual cassette player/recorder too.

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    I still have a turntable, but I have to buy a new amplifier. The right channel died. I thought maybe I could patch from the microphone output, but the right channel is dead there too, so the thing is fried. Gee, it's only 20 years old - how can it possible have had a fault already? :O

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetmike View Post
    Thing is Colin, as age advances our hearing becomes degraded and thus is not good enough to tell the difference between mid and top range equipment,
    My Bernafon Saphira 5's have greatly enhanced my hearing experience ... have setting for live music which makes it possible to hear all the top range frequencies again.
    Granted they cost a small fortune but in my playing career I must be able to hear what I am playing with excellent clarity.

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    I just realised that no one in this thread has actually addressed the thesis expressed in the thread subject heading. Can you actually have too much music? Or is it possible to have access to too much music?

    I think sometimes you can. Until recently I was a member of another music forum on which the moderators made it a point of honour to listen to a certain number of new album releases each week and report on them. This was a useful service to the members on the forum, though of course it only gave one person's perspective... but for me to commit to that regime every week would drive me nuts. A few times I mentioned a certain piece of music, and was asked where on earth I managed to discover this stuff. My answer was, well I don't waste time taking pot luck and listening to stuff just because it's new, my music listening is educated guesswork based on what I already know and like. I'll hear a song that I like; I'll investigate that artist and maybe buy one or more albums; I may join a relevant music forum and get other people's ideas on related artists.

    To a lot of people I think modern music has become just a kind of backdrop. They hear a song and say "I like that", and then when it finishes it's "Nice... next!" They never seem to stop and smell the roses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetmike View Post
    Thing is Colin, as age advances our hearing becomes degraded and thus is not good enough to tell the difference between mid and top range equipment, nearly all my listening these days is MP3s on the computer, either downloaded or ripped from CD, vinyl or even cassette; I'll admit that once it leaves the computer it is handled by Technics and Kef but only because I've had them for years, I would not go out and buy new at current prices.
    You can tell the difference if you play at volume, mp3 will sound distorted even on a really good set up just as anything will sound distorted through cheap speakers.
    Btw I have KEF speakers must be about 25 years old they are floor standing, spiked, model 104 reference the mid range is perfection.
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    My KEFs are C series "bookshelf" purchased mid 1980s, I also had a pair of KEF kit 3s from 1975 driven by a Goodmans Module 90 receiver, real window rattlers, the domestic authority decided they were too big so they had to go.
    Cheers MIKE.

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