This is my list of items to trade.
Collecting music is for fun. Private fun, that is. I collect tapes, vinyl, CD's and videos for my own pleasure and pleasure it should remain.
None of these items are for sale, nor will I except money for any of these. And I DO NOT LIKE IT when I see people selling stuff they got from me!
The whole idea of trading is sharing music with fellow fans.
There are some rules to the game and this document indicates my guideline I stick to and expect you to stick to as well. Please take a minute to read this!
How My list is organised
The list is organised by artist and date of performance (Date is in the format DDmonYY, e.g. 12jan98).
As you know, sound isn't always comparable, but my rating is
roughly as follows:
If you are a bit of an audiophile, I'd suggest not to go for anything lower then 8.5. If you are really critical on sound, look for the 9+ items.
To MP3 or not to MP3
Most of my audio CD´s are from digitally full range frequency wav files, often distributed as SHN (shorten) or FLAC files or they are copies of other audio CD´s or tapes.
I do have a few items which come from compressed (lossy) sources like MP3 or ogg-vobis. This will be clearly stated at the specific items. If nothing is mentioned, it´s NOT from lossy source (unless someone forgot to tell me and I´m not aware of it).
I also have a separate page with my MP3 CD collection. Those are only playable in MP3 players or on you PC (with WinAmp e.g.).
I'll trade on a one-to-one basis without being too picky on the
length (e.g. 90 min or 100 min) of the tapes.
Concerning CD recordables
For CD(r) I have had quite different experiences with different brands. All the major brands seem to be fine, however I did have some problems with Fuji, Imation and some Maxell CDr's. With the cheaper non-label CDr I have mixed experiences. Some are fine but there are also some which are utterly useless as I couldn't even burn them.
Generally I have TDK, BASF, Sony, MMore and such. My suggestion is to go for a brand you are familiar with and didn't yet have any problems with.
I can also dub tapes and vinyl to CD(r) but since it takes quite a bit of time to do that, those trades I like to keep limited to 'just a few' and at the same time the turnover time might be a bit longer then usual.
Recording CD recordables
As for dubbing CDr's, I usually burn using EAC for extraction and Feurio or Easy CD Creator for burning. I have an HP Burner (2 speed) and a Mitsumi burner (8 speed). And of course DAO and "no 2 sec pause" is my standard!
Please, check your recordings. A couple of times already I've
received tapes or CDr´s which were blank (no kidding). Also be
´digiclicks´ on CD´s. I don´t like them but
said: It can happen to me as well. If it does, do let me know.
Another ´bad practice´ I won´t do is to copy CD´s "on the fly". Extracting the content to you harddisc first and then copy from those files leads to much (MUCH!) better results (and it only takes a little bit longer).
I try to keep the running order as it is. Changing the running order isn't that bad for compilations but when it comes to complete shows, I'd like them to be in correct sequence.
Also important: I won't cut songs (unless they were already cut when I received them)
However, I know not everyone can or wants to do inlays. But at least supply a note with the recordings you send me indicating: The tracklisting (complete and correct titles, please), the date/venue and (if known) the generation and source of the recording.
In some countries the format is month/day/year but when I see something like 12/3/97 I have no idea if this is 12march97 or 3dec97, so please make it clear e.g. by spelling the month. I always use the DDmonYY format (e.g. 12mar97) which shouldn´t cause any confusion.
Please use Priority mail (airmail). The postman will send any non-priority mail by boat, using old fashioned sails, taking a camel to bring it across land areas and as may be expted, it will take weeks to arrive (if at all!)
Please ask me for my snail-mail address. If you supply your address to me do not forget to name your country as well. At times I had to ask because I wasn't sure to which country to send a package to.
Ok, Nobody is perfect and there does exists something like Murphy´s law, bad karma or maybe just the curse of bad luck.
Sometimes, something goes wrong. Commonly, it´s one of two things:
a) A recodings turns out to be bad, containing disc errors, digiclicks, random noise .... whatever (not to be found on the original recoding of course).
b) A package does not arrive
Both ´problems´ have happend to me once in a while.
Problem a) is something you and I can control. Problem b) is something beyond our control (altough there are ways of minimizing riscs).
Still, for both problems, there´s a plain and simple solution:
If either one of the two above happens, I will replace the items (no charge).
The other part of the deal is: I expect the same from you.
For any other problem or question, talk to me: firstname.lastname@example.org