Dvořák – Klavierquintett A-dur Op. 81, Bagatellen, Op. 47


This record is the exact same version as I already wrote about last September. Now I can tell you all about my issues with forgetting what I already have in my collection, or about my failure to check it before I buy. But what is more interesting to me is that this pressing is American, and the other is European. Does that matter?

According to many collectors it does. There is a story about Japanese pressings being better because the stamper is used for less records. Every time the stamper is used to press the vinyl into a record, it deteriorates a little bit. This is a mechanical effect of the process. The stamper needs regular replacement, and not every country has the same standards here.

Another important part of the manufacturing process is the mastering of the recording. It needs to fit the limits of the material. If the record is cut too loud for instance, the stylus might jump out of the groove. These limits depend on many circumstances, like the mix of plastics that is used, or the width and depth of the groove. Not all record companies use the same mix, or have the same ideas about these limits. And neither does one record company across continents.

Okay, so far the theory. But do I hear a difference? Short and sweet: no.

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