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The highest price you've paid for a CD?

Post by Lance » Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:54 pm

None of my business, but we all (probably) pay more for something we really want. I'm thinking myself about this. I recall it was $94/USD plus $3.99 postage. Just curious about what we do sometimes.

I am also curious about what CMGers may have paid for ONE SINGLE CD - the highest price they believe they paid for that item.

I once paid $100 for a 10" RCA LP of Margaret Truman singing songs. That was in my much younger days and I didn't eat for a week (though you would not know that today!). I wouldn't pay it again, though it has never been reissued. Why would it?

Parenthetically, the Japanese sellers probably charge among the highest prices I've seen for CDs. They must think Americans have $$$ up the gazoo, as they say! (I wasn't totally sure how the word "gazoo" is supposed to be used. I understand it might have vulgar connotations, but it seems appropriate here and is NOT meant to be vulgar, especially on CMG!)
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Re: The highest price you've paid for a CD?

Post by barney » Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:58 pm

Who is "they", Lance? I've never heard the expression.
But I googled it, and found the definition to be "anus", and I'm shocked. Shocked, I tell you.
(Shocked, that is, in much the same way Claude Rains is in Casablanca when he finds gambling going on in Rick's Cafe. For those who find my irony impenetrable, I will now signal that I am not serious or actually offended by using an emoticon. :) )

PS, if I had lots of dollars to spare, that is not where I would store mine. But you Americans are an unusual people. Doubtless it is one of those shining freedoms guaranteed by your marvellous Constitution. But please don't pay me in cash.

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Post by Lance » Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:49 pm

The "they" I was referring to the Japanese who, in almost every instance, have the highest prices on CDs purchased from Japan. As far as that word goes, I hear a lot of people using it and I think they do not REALLY know what it means. And I think you know me well enough to know I would never purposely or intentionally offend. I just couldn't think of another word that would better to describe my thoughts there. So, I'm shocked that you're shocked ... as I sit here with a big smile on my face! :lol:
barney wrote:Who is "they", Lance? I've never heard the expression.
But I googled it, and found the definition to be "anus", and I'm shocked. Shocked, I tell you.
(Shocked, that is, in much the same way Claude Rains is in Casablanca when he finds gambling going on in Rick's Cafe. For those who find my irony impenetrable, I will now signal that I am not serious or actually offended by using an emoticon. :) )

PS, if I had lots of dollars to spare, that is not where I would store mine. But you Americans are an unusual people. Doubtless it is one of those shining freedoms guaranteed by your marvellous Constitution. But please don't pay me in cash.
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Post by maestrob » Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:44 pm

$100 for an LP of Margaret Truman singing, eh? Hmpff! I guess that's a real collectors' item, for sure. Didn't even know that existed! 8) I wonder if they sold them before or after her Carnegie Hall "recital?"

I guess I'm not much of a serious collector, because the most I've paid for a single CD is roughly $30 for some Japanese releases. It's not that they think we're rich, it's just that the dollar has been weak against the yen for so long. Now, try buying something from Switzerland, and you'll see what expensive is!!

My most precious albums are a) an LP of arias, recorded by Kurt Baum in Switzerland soon after WWII that was handed to me personally by the artist as a thank-you for escorting him to the MET's 100th Anniversary Gala, where we sat in Box #1 with Rose Bampton and Lorenzo Alvary and their respective spouses (you probably have the VHS tape). Glorious! .....and b) an LP copy of Mahler X autographed by Eugene Ormandy in green magic marker.

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Post by Chalkperson » Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:38 am

$85 for Black Sabbath's first LP on SHM SACD
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Post by John F » Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:37 am

RCA Victor published two 10" LPs of Margaret Truman, in 1951 and 1952. amazon is offering one of them for $50. Then her daddy left the White House and that was that. She also wrote no less than seven murder mysteries, nearly all of them set in Washington DC (surprise!). These can still be had cheap from amazon.
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Post by jserraglio » Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:40 am

$55 for Murray Perahia's The First 40 Years Sony

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Post by Lance » Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:17 am

Oh! I was curious about what people who collect may have paid (highest price) for a SINGLE CD, not a set. The Perahia box for $55 was a steal when you think of it as being 73 CDs, which comes out to 75¢ per disc! That's QUITE a bargain (and probably a money-loser for Sony Classical, too.)
jserraglio wrote:$55 for Murray Perahia's The First 40 Years Sony
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Post by ContrapunctusIX » Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:27 pm

I have paid just north of $100 dollars for a single CD before, and you guessed it, I ordered it from a Japanese vendor through amazon.co.jp. If you are halfway proficient with google translate, you will find that Amazon Japan has recordings that have either been a) long out of print domestically or b) never released on CD at all outside of the Japanese market.

It's not just the higher cost of living in Japan that contributes to the exorbitant prices Japanese vendors charge; shipping something to the states from Japan is extremely expensive, which you can see for yourself on amazon.co.jp if you manage to find a Japanese vendor willing to ship to the states (most will not, unless they also are selling on amazon.com). Shipping alone can exceed 30 dollars with some merchants after currency conversion. So the costs you see on amazon.com from Japanese merchants are inclusive of these shipping rates, although they aren't explicitly stated as such.

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Post by Lance » Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:57 pm

Yes, I follow, because Amazon's shipping prices are part of doing business with Amazon-dot-com. Now, I would love to know what disc you paid north of $100 for! Are you willing to share?
ContrapunctusIX wrote:I have paid just north of $100 dollars for a single CD before, and you guessed it, I ordered it from a Japanese vendor through amazon.co.jp. If you are halfway proficient with google translate, you will find that Amazon Japan has recordings that have either been a) long out of print domestically or b) never released on CD at all outside of the Japanese market.

It's not just the higher cost of living in Japan that contributes to the exorbitant prices Japanese vendors charge; shipping something to the states from Japan is extremely expensive, which you can see for yourself on amazon.co.jp if you manage to find a Japanese vendor willing to ship to the states (most will not, unless they also are selling on amazon.com). Shipping alone can exceed 30 dollars with some merchants after currency conversion. So the costs you see on amazon.com from Japanese merchants are inclusive of these shipping rates, although they aren't explicitly stated as such.
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Post by stickles » Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:26 am

I remember reading on this very site that a few years back that the Zimerman Brahms piano sonatas and ballads set on DG was sold on eBay for $2000 or some thing like that. That averages out to 1 grand per CD. I still have mine in excellent condition, any takers? But seriously, my limit is in the $40 to $50 range.

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Post by Guitarist » Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:48 pm

$150 for this multi-channel SACD. I'll be selling it on Amazon since I'm ditching my surround-sound gear and going back to 2-channel.

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Post by bigshot » Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:44 pm

The only thing I've spent a lot on was a multichannel SACD of Donald Fagen's The Nightfly from Japan. I think that was about $65. But I don't pay big prices for classical music. There's too many great legacy releases at a couple of dollars a disk in box sets, and I really am not that interested in most current classical music artists. I do like current opera, but that is because blu-ray is such a perfect format for it.

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Re: The highest price you've paid for a CD?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:57 pm

Lance wrote:Yes, I follow, because Amazon's shipping prices are part of doing business with Amazon-dot-com. Now, I would love to know what disc you paid north of $100 for! Are you willing to share?
ContrapunctusIX wrote:I have paid just north of $100 dollars for a single CD before, and you guessed it, I ordered it from a Japanese vendor through amazon.co.jp. If you are halfway proficient with google translate, you will find that Amazon Japan has recordings that have either been a) long out of print domestically or b) never released on CD at all outside of the Japanese market.

It's not just the higher cost of living in Japan that contributes to the exorbitant prices Japanese vendors charge; shipping something to the states from Japan is extremely expensive, which you can see for yourself on amazon.co.jp if you manage to find a Japanese vendor willing to ship to the states (most will not, unless they also are selling on amazon.com). Shipping alone can exceed 30 dollars with some merchants after currency conversion. So the costs you see on amazon.com from Japanese merchants are inclusive of these shipping rates, although they aren't explicitly stated as such.
It was a Japanese JVC XRCD of the Reiner/Gilels Brahms #2. Currently it's selling at a "bargain price" of $88.95 on Amazon, haha.

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