This is the first of an ongoing series of commentaries on the international classical LP market that we'll be titling "Classical LP Week". Up until now, I've just been posting copies of the Collector's Weekly top 40 lists, but now we hope to make this a little more interesting. We'll be commenting on the latest Ebay auctions and will also keep you informed about deals or steals on other web sites. We are strictly independent and are not affiliated whatsoever with any LP sellers or dealers, so rest assured that there will be no financial conflicts in our commentary. The purpose of this is to share our humble insight into the current state of the classical LP market, which is clearly alive and well.
1) Columbia Sax 2315 Ed1 Beethoven Violin Con. Oistrakh Cluytens Nm - $510 (6 bids)
2) Brahms - Double Concerto, Fournier & Oistrakh Columbia Sax 2264 - $477 (1 bid)
3) Huge Lot Of Over 900 Classical & Opera Record Lp's Vg To Nm Plastic On Each One - $465 (1 bid)
4) Bach: Sonatas & Partitas For Solo Violin/szigeti/original Vanguard/scarce/nm - $375 (6 bids)
5) Decca Sxl 2078-80; Ed1 Wbg; Puccini; Turandot; Borkh-tebaldi-del Monaco; Ex+ - $363 (1 bid)
6) Enrico Mainardi - Bach Suites For Cello Solo - 3lps Eurodisc Nm - $349 (1 bid)
7) David Oistrakh Trio / Beethoven / Columbia Sax 2352 B/s - $313 (3 bids)
8) Decca Sxl 2215-7 Die Zauberflote (the Magic Flute) Karl Bohm - Complete - Mozart - $305 (13 bids)
9) Andre Navarra Unaccompanied Bach Solo Cello Suites Calliope 3 Lp Box Mint Rare - $305 (22 bids)
10) Sax 2530 Blue/silver Beethoven Quartets Nos 4 & 5 Drolc Quartet Columbia Stereo - $256 (11 bids)
11) Columbia Saxf 162 Stereo, Leonid Kogan, Beethoven Violin Concerto, French Sax - $254 (6 bids)
12) Michele Auclair - Bach Violin Sonatas - 2lp Japan Lexington - New - $251 (2 bids)
13) Fabrizio De Andre € - $229 (1 bid)
14) Michael Rabin Violin Encores Mosaics Leon Pommers Piano Capitol P 8506 - $198 (1 bid)
15) Vox Organ, " Z " Legs, Stand - $175 (1 bid)
16) Classical Vinyl Lp Collection - 120+ Records - Mainly Sxl, Asd & Sax - $172 (16 bids)
17) Columbia Sax 2263 Blue/silver Janos Starker Dvorak Cello Concerto Phil. Susskind - $153 (4 bids)
18) Eduard Melkus Biber Violin Sonatas Of The Rosary Archiv Sapm 198422/23 German - $150 (1 bid)
19) Bach Cello Suites 1 - 6 - Enrico Mainardi - Eurodisc 3lps - $150 (1 bid)
20) *** Tchaikovsky * The Sleeping Beauty # Ansermet - Decca Sxl 2160-1-2 *** - $108 (7 bids)
21) Byron Janis / Rachmaninoff Concerto / Rca Living Stereo Sd Lsc-2541 1s/1s Tas Lp - $105 (4 bids)
22) Ludwig Hoelscher Solo Cello Portrait Of A Soloist Sample Copy Mps Basf Mint - $103 (2 bids)
23) Leonid Kogan Violin Paganini Bruck Mitnik Piano Columbia1562 Cx - $101 (3 bids)
24) Associated Organ Builders Manual 2 Church Organ - $100 (1 bid)
25) Heifetz Beethoven Sonatas For Violin Rca Victor Lm 6701 / 5 Lp Set Box - $100 (1 bid)
26) Weller Quartet / Beethoven / Decca Sxl 6148 Wbg Ed1 - $100 (1 bid)
27) Tchaikovsky 1812 Limited Edition Super-cut Uhqr Pressing Telarc Dgqr-10041 Japan - $100 (1 bid)
28) Fabrizio De Andre In Concerto Pfm 1st Press Lp Venezuela - $99 (1 bid)
29) Columbia Ed.1 Sax 2276-7 B/s Beethoven Otto Klemperer Symphony No.9 Choral Nm - $92 (5 bids)
30) Wilson Audiophile Enescu Sonata Abel Steinberg Nm - $89 (2 bids)
31) Tchaikovsky Rimsky - Korsakoff Classic 45 Rpm Lsc-2323 Still Sealed Unplayed - $85 (1 bid)
32) Beethoven: Sonatas For Cello & Piano/kempff/fournier/dgg Tulip Box/scarce/nm - $85 (1 bid)
33) Mischa Elman Encores/violin Recital/uk London Ll Ffrr/scarce/nm - $81 (2 bids)
34) Furtwangler - Beethoven 9 - Bayreuth 1951 - 2 Lp Box Hmv Set Walp 1286/87 - $80 (4 bids)
35) Oistrakh Tartini Deviltrills French 1st Columbia 33 Fx 654 Dowelspine Nearmint - $80 (1 bid)
36) Ansermet / Beethoven Symphony No 7 / Decca Sxl 2235 Wbg Ed1 - $75 (1 bid)
37) Clara Haskil Markevitch Beethoven Klavierkonzert 3 Lp Ex+ Hi Fi Stereo Og 835040 - $75 (1 bid)
38) Darnok Brahms Sonate Piano Violin Edith Peinemann Demus Nm - $68 (10 bids)
39) Rare: Csd 1499 Jacqueline Du Pre: Bruch Kol Nidrei: Music For Viola And Cello - $68 (7 bids)
40) Artur Rubinstein / Beethoven Moonlight Sonata / Rca Living-stereo Sd Lsc-2654 - $67 (6 bids)
Here's the week's roundup of top priced Ebay auctions. Plenty of goodies on the list.
Among the Columbia SAXes for sale, once again the Oistrakh Beethoven is going for more than $500. Insane pricing, considering that this shows up a pretty good deal on Ebay. I picked up mine about 10 years ago for less than half the price. The bidders are suckers on this one. The Oistrakh Fournier Brahms Double is also going for around $500. I picked up my blue/silver copy on Ebay a few months ago for $3, which shows that if you look at the right time, you can find the right bargain. SAX 2352 is back again. A rarity, perhaps, but certainly not worth its price sonically. I reviewed this one last year and was so not impressed with its muffled sound and constricted sound stage that I sold it off. The same goes for the Drolc Quartet. This was the UK issue of the US Epic release. I've listened to those Drolc albums on Epic. They are nice performances with average sound, and the SAX I have is no improvement. The Janos Starker SAX is at just above $150 but will most likely go for more than $300. I've not heard this one on LP but would be interested in hearing any owners' comments.
A few interesting Deccas but none of the heavy hitters are up this week.
Another copy of Andre Navarra's Bach Cello Suites is going strong. I've heard this on CD but not on LP. These seem to always sell for a good deal.
Michael Rabin's Mosaics would be a nice find, though I'm not sure it's worth $198. And there's a single bidder on this one!
The joke on this list has got to be the Artur Rubinstein Living Stereo LP of the Beethoven sonatas. $67? Really??