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Post subject: "Tristan Und Isolde" Valuation Question  PostPosted: Apr 10, 2009 - 09:16 PM
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For those who know their Wagner issues. There's so many performances and different nationality pressings out there, and I know some are worth quite a few dollars. I'm not inclined to believe that mine is one of them (though I know Furtwangler is sought out), but an ebay'er is listing a beat-up copy of this pressing for three figures - and I can't locate this one specifically in completed auctions. It's Angel 3588, U.S, 5-record box, with libretto. Any help appreciated.



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Post subject: Re: "Tristan Und Isolde" Valuation Question  PostPosted: Apr 10, 2009 - 09:34 PM
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What color are the labels; and (if red) are they US- or UK-mfd.? I would expect either an E/L suffix, or EL prefix for a 5-disk Angel (mono) package w/libretto.
 
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Post subject: Re: "Tristan Und Isolde" Valuation Question  PostPosted: Apr 10, 2009 - 09:38 PM
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Red labels, "Manufactured in U.S.A.", spine reads Angel 3588 E/L.
 
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Post subject: Re: "Tristan Und Isolde" Valuation Question  PostPosted: Apr 10, 2009 - 09:58 PM
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hrtshpdbox wrote:
Red labels, "Manufactured in U.S.A.", spine reads Angel 3588 E/L.
FWIW, this is *probably* a "first pressing" -- there are subtle differences among the early red and blue labels. For whatever reason(s), Angel LPs are not held in as high regard as their counterparts on Mercury Living Presence or RCA Victor Red Seal "shaded dog" -- presumably collectors prefer the UK Columbia or HMV originals. Before EMI acquired Capitol in 1955, most US-mfd. Angel LPs in my experience were pressed by RCA.

I don't have the slightest idea about "value"* ... however, I expect that the ebayer you mentioned is likely an optimist.


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* I do have an idea how much I would pay. Wink
 
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Post subject: Re: "Tristan Und Isolde" Valuation Question  PostPosted: Apr 11, 2009 - 07:44 AM
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annaloog wrote:
For whatever reason(s), Angel LPs are not held in as high regard as their counterparts on Mercury Living Presence or RCA Victor Red Seal "shaded dog" -- presumably collectors prefer the UK Columbia or HMV originals.


Yeah, the guy in this article here:
http://www.high-endaudio.com/softw.html
...makes his feelings pretty clear that anything pressed in the U.S. that is not an early shaded dog is substandard. Actually, I found this article really interesting, and learned a lot (including that, while this Tristan probably isn't worth even 10 dollars, I should be looking more closely at the EMIs and Decca's that I've got).
 
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