|ES1: first pressing turqouise/silver|
|ER1: second pressing|
|ER2: third pressing|
In any case, I have had my eye on this series of records for some time, and through a series of purchases, I have picked up as many as I could reasonably afford. This is an ongoing process, but I'd like to take the time to share with you my thoughts on these records as I listen to them. I'm going to start with my earliest album in the series -- SAX 2252, Emil Gilels performing Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, which also happens to be the first SAX -- and move in order of the catalog listing. I will try to provide high quality images of the cover art and labels, taken at home by myself with a Canon T2i digital SLR. I'll also try to add as much information about the performance and recording as I can, including the stamper numbers.
I will be listening to these records at home on my Rega RP6 turntable outfitted with a Denon DL-110 high-output moving coil cartridge amplified by either 1) a Musical Fidelity Mi6 integrated amplifier powering Von Schweikert VR2 floorstanding loudspeakers, or 2) a PS Audio GCHA headphone amplifier powering a pair of Beyerdynamic T1 headphones. Perhaps not the definitive setup, but a decent one nevertheless, to evaluate these recordings. My plan is to give my own rating of the performance as well as the sound quality on a 1-5 scale, 5 being the highest score. Keep in mind, I am no music critic or sound engineer, so these are my own objective and subjective assessments.
|SAX 2386: one of the valuable Kogan records|
If you have your own insight to add about any of these records/recordings, PLEASE feel free to leave a comment on the blog. I'd love to hear your thoughts!