I am frankly not a connoisseur of sound quality and remastering*, but I
bought Schaap's remastering several years ago just to have good new set of
all the recordings including the ones under other musicians' names. I was
shocked to find the CDs were glued into the cardboard sleeves with a few
little dabs of waxy glue which touched the backs, and therefore the tracks,
at some points. I also read on the internet of other peoples' extreme
dismay at finding this, including some who heard damage on tracks and wrote
the company demanding replacements, which I believe were supplied free.
Before doing so myself, I cleaned mine up as best I could and ascertained
that no damage appeared to have been done to the playbacks on mine. I have
stored them inside plastic jewel boxes ever since, rendering the
attractively packaged box unusable.
Can a more asinine packaging arrangement be imagined? I would advise anyone
contemplating buying the set to call the company and find out if they have
improved the packaging by leaving out this glue. If not, alternate issues
are available, including some rated by audiophiles as better.
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