This thread is obviously not for people who only cruise the dollar bins (not that there is anything wrong with it; I mainly try to get the best value for money as my budget for records isn’t exorbitant and my wife grits her teeth whenever I get a square, flat package in the mail
All that being said, I’m curious if those of you with “normal” budgets have indulged by paying top dollar for (according to researching various pressings) the best sounding pressing (and a great condition copy therof) for one of your Top 5 favorite albums.
I am considering doing this very thing for one of my Top 5 favorite albums ever and splashing out far more than I’ve ever paid for one title by about 4x for a NM copy of what is generallly agreed upon as the best-sounding pressing available. Mind you, it’s a 2x LP, but still... that’s a lot of used copies of lesser records.
My philosophy is, I’d be happier with a smaller collection of stuff I truly love and will play than a bloated collection of many things I never will. I know everyone’s price sensitivity is different obviously. This would be an indulgence, but for music I truly love I may just bite the bullet. Curious if any of you have faced this dilemma and what you decided.
Caveats: I don’t plan to spend any money on system upgrades until I have to replace my cartridge when it wears out in a few years, so that’s not a consideration. I also don’t currently own a copy of this album on vinyl but have gone through at least 3 copies of various CD releases. So yeah, I like it.
If you’d care to also list your Top 5 for fun, have at it. I’m always interested to hear what music people truly love!