As the amateur wordsman I am, I could never describe just what we owe our forum friend Zal Schreiber for nailing this one on CD. *There is *NO* comparison*! Zal nailed this one, folks. I cannot believe how much this sounds like the vinyl. Using an 1841 Broadway Cotillion cut by George Piros for comparison, you will sit in awe. Listening to the CD is like listening to the vinyl. The MFSL is a fun ride, and may even represent the tapes for all I know (it is closer to the Palmaccio originally done for Victory, which was made from the master afaik), but Zal's mastering is the definitive version, IMO. I cannot believe how close this CD is to the vinyl. It is unbelievable. That little elevated midrange snare and cymbal sound is intact on the CD, but without even a hint of the jacked up high end. The cymbal crashes are pleasant yet powerful. The similarity in tonality to the vinyl is stunning. One small note is that the Atlantic, Palmaccio and MFSL all run just a hair slower than the vinyl. This is mastering as I like it. I cannot recommend this one highly enough. Run and grab one while they are still ten bucks or less!