Starting a Classical Vinyl Music Collection

Don't have much so I'm wondering where to begin.



Many great recommendations!

Not disagreeing with any of them, but if I were starting a classics collection, I would almost begin by looking first at anything by the finest orchestra/conductor combinations, i.e. Chicago/Reiner, Cleveland/Szell, Ansermet/Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, etc.  Those are just a couple of my favorites, and I believe almost anything by them is fabulous. By getting just a few of those, it'll point you in a good direction.


I lusted after DG lps in the day, and there are many that are treasurable, but on the whole it’s interesting how poor DG was a recording bass.  At first I thought maybe it was a Karajan thing, but many Bohm and Jochum recordings have the same issue 

A reasonably priced record cleaner is your first step. I have a VPI 16.5, but you don’t have to start there. The Spin-Clean is a good starting place, next up the line the Record Doctor V. And then start shopping used. (But stay away from RCA after Red Seal, especially DynaFlex.)

Buy cheap at first and have fun!

And your 2M Blue will do you just fine. Remember to keep the stylus clean.


Thanks fred!  

A question: Should I clean the stylus every time I spin a record?

Or how often?