eClassical, Audio Site of the Day

Posted on May 04 2006 | Category: New Sites, Site of the Day
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eClassical: World’s largest classical MP3 music store. Crystal clear audio quality, easy to use, any MP3 player, burn CD’s, no restrictions. Catalog of music from top international classical labels. Low prices.

eClassical is something of a dark horse in the paid music download marketplace. Unlike many (all?) of the “tier 2″ sites, eClassical does not copy the Apple iTunes model – iTunes being the one and only “tier 1″ paid digital music service. eClassical carves out its own modest niche by offering high quality MP3 files of outstanding repertoire from small independent classical labels, mostly Scandinavian and European sources. It offers quirky music selection typical of a genuine indie service, and it offers low prices. The weekly special packages are particularly good value at $5.99 for up to 3 hours of fine music (I’m listening to this week’s Debussy piano works package, drawn from the audiophile BIS label, as I write this). Highly recommended.

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Zone Music, Audio Site of the Day

Posted on May 01 2006 | Category: New Sites, Site of the Day
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Zone Music and Recording: New and vintage guitars, basses, amps, keyboards, software, drums, sound systems and a 24-track recording studio. 45 minutes north of San Francisco in Cotati, CA. Fun environment, friendly staff.

I’ve never shopped here, of course, but if I were a Bay-area musician I’d sure want to check them out! The web site gets the point across clearly that these guys enjoy doing what they do. And they’ve got a recording studio on site. Where better to get good advice shopping for band equipment?

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Carver Audio Repair, Audio Site of the Day

Posted on Apr 30 2006 | Category: New Sites, Site of the Day
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Carver Audio Repair: Providing the highest quality service for your Carver equipment. Service and repairs for the complete Carver line of products, as well as Phase Linear products. Complete parts inventory.

These are the Carver Audio specialists, providing new hope for owners of fine old high-end gear that isn’t quite up to spec any more. They do it all, from repairs to bring vintage Carver receivers, amps and processors up to factory spec, to custom modifications. Also servicing high-end audio electronics from other manufacturers such as Hafler, Dynaco, SAE and Parasound.

The site is not a beauty, but it has the info you need, and it’s a killer resource for anyone devoted to (and nursing along!) their vintage Carver audio equipment.

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