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    Hi guys, I'm looking for a place with a large classical music library that sells new/used at a good price. I've mostly been buying stuff from Amazon and eBay, but I hate paying for shipping for a lot of these things. If anyone has any suggestions, that'd be great. Online would be great, if shipping charges are combined. Or, if you know any local places, I'm located in the south Bay Area (Silicon Valley) in California, but I go to school in Davis (near Sacramento). Thanks!

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    I've mostly used Amazon (I live in Columbus, OH and there are no local stores with decent classical selections).

    www.jpc.de is a German site with a very nice selection of classical titles (for instance, a quick search showed 114 different recordings of Brahms Requiem and 27 CD's of music by Josquin Desprez - try finding that at your local Best Buy). Priecs are reasonable, and shipping is only ~$3.50 to the US. So, Amazon will still end up cheaper most of the time.

    For reviews, Amazon actually does pretty well - many of the people who post classical reviews are quite good. Audaud.com is another nice site for reviews.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Kevin_Wadsworth
      I've mostly used Amazon (I live in Columbus, OH and there are no local stores with decent classical selections).

      www.jpc.de is a German site with a very nice selection of classical titles (for instance, a quick search showed 114 different recordings of Brahms Requiem and 27 CD's of music by Josquin Desprez - try finding that at your local Best Buy). Priecs are reasonable, and shipping is only ~$3.50 to the US. So, Amazon will still end up cheaper most of the time.

      For reviews, Amazon actually does pretty well - many of the people who post classical reviews are quite good. Audaud.com is another nice site for reviews.
      Thanks - I checked those places out. Amazon is still cheaper... The marketplace is pretty good, I guess, maybe it just seemed expensive because the shipping was more than the CDs ($2 CDs w/ $3 shipping). The new ones are good too, if the price is low. I have Amazon Prime which helps.

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      • #4
        try yourmusic.com

        http://yourmusic.com is the new replacement service for the BMG Classical Music Club. They advertise that all titles are $6.99 with free shipping. Multi-disk sets are priced at $6.99/disk.

        I'm a long-time BMG member but haven't used this new service yet. BMG is closing down their club.
        Regards,
        Al
        All my equipment & my DVD collection

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        • #5
          Acoustic Sounds is another one. Not the cheapest, but certainly the largest selection I've seen of classical, vinyl, CD, SACD and DVD-A.
          About a pubic hair away from being banned!

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          • #6
            If you don't mind second hand see if www.secondspin.com has anything.

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            • #7
              One of the best places (most extensive inventory and catalogue) for classical music is ARKIV music. http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/main.jsp They don't always have the cheapest prices, but their selection is HUGE and I've never failed to find EXACTLY what I'm looking for anytime I've looked.

              A dollar or two more for their great selection and service is most often worth it to me. They also carry all of the higher end recordings like Denon, Deutche Grammophon, EMI Classics, Telarc etc. which many of the budget or low cost places do not.
              John W.
              Indy

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              • #8
                Don't know anything about this place other then my neice has worked there for the last 10 years.

                http://www.musicalheritage.com/

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