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  • What’s The Most You’ve Paid For An LP?

    For me it was the TBM album Caterpillar (180 g KG remastered) for $100. (I has earlier actually missed the deadline for one at a starting price of $80 that no one bid on) Still was a steal considering the rarity and what the album normally goes for.
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    I think I have paid $250 for something I cannot remember, but it was steep
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    • #3

      I think it was the LSC 2150 nm original, for a at that time high price of 98 $ incl postage to Denmark.
      It is one of my best sounding records, so it has high value to me, and it has been my avatar since i bought it

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      • #4
        I paid $200 for a Gates of Dawn pressing of Porcupine Tree’s Deadwing, back before it was reissued. After that it would be a tie between the few “one-step” LPs I have.
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        • #5
          I paid A LOT for an original Dexter Gordon "One Flight Up" and it was worth every penny. To hear "Tanya" in all its RVG glory is priceless.

          I am surprised the top dollar mentioned to far is $250.
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          • #6
            On Every Street - Dire Straits - $60 for a two-disc import from Elusive Disc, which sounded really, really good. Sadly, after trying two copies, both had to go back for noisy surfaces.

            "I am surprised the top dollar mentioned to far is $250."

            I'm also surprised by the seemingly low top price paid here so far.

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            • #7
              I bought Ars Musica Bach Brandenburg Concertos No.4 & 5 on Timegate label for $195.00

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              • Rob
                Rob commented
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                I've been on the hunt for this one, I believe its recorded by Peter McGrath. how does it sound?

            • #8
              How about those "Hot Stamper" LPs? If you own any of the MoFi 1 Steps, that gets you into the $100+ category.
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              • #9
                $125. MoFI one step or AP Hendrix. That’s my limit. $60 or so for a few used lp’s.

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                • #10
                  Probably $100.00 for a 33 1/3 RPM clear vinyl Classics Record reissue mint and sealed. There was a new 45 available at my local audio shop and it sat there forever priced at $125 maybe? Then the announcement came that Classics was closing its doors and of course it disappeared before I got it. I thought Chad would have reissued a clear version but he didn’t. Was my purchase worth $100? Mostly. You know the clear vinyl Classics were noisy pressings in their last year of operation and mine is an example. Then Chad did a black vinyl 45 reissue which stomps all over the the clear Classics 33. But of course glad I made the purchase anyway.
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                  • #11
                    most I spent for a single LP was thirty years ago, a 1st press copy of the Royal Ballet Gala with Ansermet, set me back it $1500. I flipped it just before Hobson announced the launch of Classic records. Over the last decade I've accumulated over a hundred records that each set me back more than a c-note.
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                    • Rob
                      Rob commented
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                      there is no guaranty of outcome, that said I've not had many regrets.

                    • astrotoy
                      astrotoy commented
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                      Rob, Definitely the original stereo Royal Ballet is one of the most expensive classical records. Years ago I bought a mono version of the album at Rasputin's in Berkeley for around $5. I knew the stereo was crazy expensive, but didn't realize that the mono version would become pretty expensive a few years later. I think I sold it for around $25. Right now, a Classics reissue of the Royal Ballet in its rare slip cover duplication of the original album (not the much more common gatefold version) is selling for up to $1500+ in mint, sealed condition. I bought two copies of the Classics reissue slip cover version when it was first issued (I don't remember the cost - maybe $60) and kept them sealed, buying the gatefold version to play.

                      Larry

                    • astrotoy
                      astrotoy commented
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                      Royal Ballet is actually 2 records in a spectacularly beautiful Soria box, so only $750 per record.

                  • #12
                    $200 for ry cooder "jazz" mfsl lp mint opened.
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                    • #13
                      $125 for several UHQR and MOFI one steps. More for the Beatles box sets.
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                      • #14
                        I paid 160 GBP (about $220US) for the Milstein Prokofiev Violin Concerti record on EMI SAX 5275 (earliest label). Prices of the SAX series were still semi-rational. I checked on popsike and a copy of the record was more recently sold on ebay for $2670. The Milstein Beethoven Violin Concerto SAX2508 (earliest label) sold for $4250 (reported on popsike), but I only paid 34 GBP, so it doesn't count. I did pay $500 for a very nice condition Mofi Beatles Box, but that has a dozen records.

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                        • Rob
                          Rob commented
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                          Not that its a contest, it safe to say you won LOL. I find it perplexing that some will eagerly fork over tens of thousands on hardware, then cheap out on the most important part (to me and you) the music!

                      • #15
                        Rob, here is my record collection (all of it). Each stack is five boxes high. 252 boxes. About 15,000 records. Story to follow. Larry Click image for larger version  Name:	Record Collection 250 Boxes.jpg Views:	0 Size:	1,023.0 KB ID:	167180
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                        • seamonster
                          seamonster commented
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                          Intrigued by the piano and electronics at lower right, as well -

                        • astrotoy
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                          To the right are our two grand pianos. The one most visible is our Boesendorfer 225. Our Yamaha S-400E is mostly obscured by a nearer ceiling lamp. The speaker is part of our TV system. It is one of a pair of the TAD CM-1's, which was a prototype that Andrew Jones did which became the CR-1's. There were only about a dozen pairs made, and I bought it from my dealer who was a TAD dealer back in 2010. He was moving and got rid of the demos in 2019 and sold the pair to me cheaply. Turns out the CM-1s were too expensive to manufacture, so he modified them to create the less expensive to make CR-1s. The electronics are Peter Madnick's Audio Alchemy that he took to ELAC. Again a demo set from my dealer. Larry

                        • adrianwu
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                          Talking about price inflation, I bought my Boesendorfer 185 second hand the minute I had saved enough money from my first job. I had no furniture except for a futon and a couple of chairs, so the piano was the central feature of my apartment. It functioned as my writing desk and dining table as well ! After 32 years, I thought it was a good time to get a new piano. The action is kind of loose after years of Beethoven Sonatas, and I have not been able to get it shipped back to Austria for servicing due to the ivory on the keys. I went to Steinway a few weeks ago to take a look. They had a model B with some fancy natural wood finish for US$400,000. They only import Hamburg Steinways into Hong Kong due to the New York models suffering problems in the humidity. But still, 400K is a bit rich. The basic black still cost about 200K. I know Steinway is now owned by the hedge fund boss John Paulson, so it has become just a brand for the rich who wants some fancy furniture to look at. I have not visited Boesendorfer yet, but I am sure the pricing is similar. Maybe a Bechstein if the prices are more reasonable.
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