In my travels I’ve been finding more and more old classical LPs on great labels like Columbia Masterworks and RCA Victor, many in excellent shape. Seems like classical music lovers were more apt to take good care of their records than the Mitch Miller fans. Kinda makes sense. Well, I got pretty excited about finding this particular record…I had just given up another LP of Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” (that one was Dimitri Mitropoulos with the New York Philharmonic) and was regretting having let it go. So when I found this other one pictured here (Charles Munch with the Boston Symphony) I was excited to check it out.
Though the cover had some water damage and wear, I pulled out the LP to find a beautiful RCA Red Seal MONO pressing in outstanding condition– it looked like it was never played! But I guess I never pulled it all the way out of the sleeve. I just put it on now for a listen and the needle started jumping all over the place. Took a closer look and one edge of the record to find it “slightly melted”–it must have been subjected to extreme heat while in storage or something. Oh well, lesson learned, but I can’t complain too much…I hardly paid anything for it.
The Verdict: OOPS
My Cost: 50¢