There can be no denying the sticker shock that comes with this sort of product, but having had several good listen-throughs of this Analogue Productions, 200g vinyl pressing of the Dave Brubeck Quartet's "Time Out" album, I can say with confidence that this is a release of outstanding quality both in terms of its actual playback sound quality, as well as the physical LPs and the packaging.
This release was quite brilliantly mastered and cut for vinyl by famed recording engineer Bernie Grundman, using the original analogue studio master tapes. Every aspect of the playback - depth, sound stage, dynamics, sonics, inner detail, everything - is simply astounding and breath-taking. Paul Desmond's sax is wonderfully rendered throughout, the attack of Joe Morello's drumming resounds with unquestioned authority and realism and Eugene Wright's bass line ties everything together. Of course, Dave Brubeck's wonderful piano-playing is moving and magical.
Without exception, this 45-RPM double vinyl LP set is of the very highest quality that I have ever seen. Both of the 200g vinyl discs are absolutely flat with no warping whatsoever. There are no marks or scuffs on these discs at all. Of course, it is the velvety smooth, black silence of the LP lead-in and between tracks that captivates! It attests to the very superior pressing quality and confirms the exceptional value of this product of the Quality Record Pressing plant in Selina, Kansas, USA. The special protective sleeves for these discs and the beautiful glossy finish of the thick cardboard LP gate fold jacket round out the overall product that you receive here.
If you are a serious vinyl LP junkie and have a high performance, audiophile grade turntable and tone arm / cartridge combination (i.e. Rega, Pro-Ject, Thorens, Linn, VPI, SME, Clearaudio, etc.), you will become addicted to this LP set. It is very highly recommended.