This is getting out of hand: Beatles Abbey Road CD

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by KeithH, Dec 29, 2003.

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  1. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now Thread Starter

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    O.K., so we had a sealed copy of the black-triangle Abbey Road CD go for $435. An opportunist has posted a used copy lacking the OBI strip on eBay with a Buy It Now of $395. I say opportunist because the seller references the sealed copy that just went for $435. Bidding on the used copy started at $49.95 with a reserve. Used copies without the OBI strip typically go for $50-60. This is madness!

    Oh, here's the link:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2584785205&category=1573

    Wonder what this will go for.
     
  2. ascot

    ascot Senior Member

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    This one may not sell. If the reserve is too high, and I suspect it is, bidders may not come close to it.
     
  3. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

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    I agree with ascot. It will most likely end up with no winner. Way to ridiculous.
     
  4. sharedon

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  5. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now Thread Starter

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    ascot and Dave, I agree with both of you. I think the seller did himself a disservice by instituting the exhorbitant Buy It Now price. He may scare away potential bidders, as they may (correctly) suspect that the reserve is through the proverbial roof. On the flipside, the seller may have decided that he doesn't want to sell the disc unless he can get big bucks. As I said, the guy looks to be an opportunist. If he gets the Buy It Now price, more power to him.
     
  6. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now Thread Starter

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    sharedon, now that's pricey! I'm not an expert on original Stones LPs. Does the one on eBay typically go that high?
     
  7. sharedon

    sharedon Forum Zonophone

    I'm not an expert either, but I do know that Stones LP is rare, alright. But how many rare records can you think of with price tags that high??? Hm, idea for a thread, maybe. Back to your regularly scheduled Beatles topic. :)
     
  8. JohnnyH

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  9. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now Thread Starter

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    Johnny, $139.50 is not at all unusual for Abbey Road with the OBI strip. I paid $160 for my copy, and $140-160 is typical.
     
  10. Damián

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    Two words.. not meant to be a thread crap

    F*cking Insane
     
  11. Joe Koz

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    I was biding on this "Abbey Road" that was sealed, I baled out at $160.00. I thought it would go for $200.00 or $250.00, but $435.00, way out of hand.

    Still Sealed "Abbey Road"
     
  12. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now Thread Starter

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    Joe, I absolutely agree. That's some expensive shrinkwrap. ;)
     
  13. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

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    Hmmm, from the looks of this thread I'll be waiting for a non-OBI opened copy. ;)
     
  14. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now Thread Starter

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  15. JonUrban

    JonUrban SHF Member #497

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    To think I passed one of these up in a RECORD WORLD because it was $32. "No Way" was I going to pay that for an import CD that I thought would be out in the US fairly soon (This was 1984!) :(
     
  16. jamesmaya

    jamesmaya Senior Member

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    I'm still kicking myself for not acting on an impulse to snap up a Toshiba/EMI ABBEY ROAD that was at half.com for about $40 late last night. From the seller's description, it *appeared* to be the original issue from '84. But after e-mailing him some questions and a few minutes of vacillating, I decided to jump on it. So, I checked back on the item, but IT WAS GONE. :realmad:

    Jim W.
     
  17. ascot

    ascot Senior Member

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    Am I the only one who is skeptical about these "sealed" Abbey Road discs? I do not remember ever seeing this disc shrinkwrapped before. I remember seeing them in blister packs like all import discs at that time.
     
  18. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now Thread Starter

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    ascot, I wasn't buying CDs in 1983, so I don't know how Abbey Road was packaged. When you say blister pack, do you mean one of those packs where the booklet is in a top compartment and the jewel case is in a bottom compartment? If so, where was the OBI strip?
     
  19. Damián

    Damián Forum Hall Of Fame

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    This may be a stupid question, but apart from the potential historical significance in being the first Beatles CD, does this actually sound any better/different than the standard redbook issue? :confused:
     
  20. Dob

    Dob New Member

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    There was an extensive discussion on this...opinions were divided. What further confused matters was that many were listening to a CD-R that was made without the pre-emphasis flag set, which resulted in the CD-R being very bright. My copy is a CD-R also, which I had to reburn with the flag set.

    IMO it (i.e., my CD-R) is better than the standard issue CD, but not as good as my MFSL needledrop CD-R.
     
  21. sharedon

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    And if it sounds better, does it sounds hundreds of dollars better??
     
  22. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

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    I have a de-emphisized CD-R and IMHO it's how every Beatles CD should sound. Miles ahead of those 1987 versions.

    I'm not really sure if I agree with Dob on the MFSL being better, but I'll listen later and compare and get back (pun intended :D) to you on this.
     
  23. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now Thread Starter

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    I find that the original EMI CD and a CD-R of it made without pre-emphasis beat the '87 version.

    Not to thread crap, but I use Roxio Easy CD Creator to burn CDs. Does this program allow you to burn with pre-emphasis? I haven't seen that feature. As a result, I am assuming that I am burning to CD-R without pre-emphasis.
     
  24. GregY

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    Minor thread crap but ... in my opinion, Nothing sounds hundreds of dollars better.

    Sincerely,
    GregY (non-audiophile) :D
     
  25. ascot

    ascot Senior Member

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    Well, we are talking 20 years ago. Memories get fuzzy.

    Yes, the "blister pack" I'm referring to is the one where the booklet would be in the upper compartment and the jewel case below it. That's a good question about the obi.

    The only thing I can remember is a local store carried that Toshiba disc. I can just see it, in the blister pack, with a green price sticker. All of their imports had green price tags.

    Just stipulate for a moment that it was in a blister pack. Maybe the store put the shrinkwrapped disc inside the pack themselves for display purposes. I don't recall this store having glass display cases at the counter.
     
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