We just received and played your CD copy of Beethoven Symphony No. 9, and want to congratulate you.  The recording is terrific.  It has all the presence, dynamic range, and clarity my wife and I have enjoyed from original Command recordings. I first came across the Command label in 1962 when I bought Brahms Symphony No 2 which was performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by William Steinberg.  (I also bought Command's "Provocative Percussion" which was one of their demo records).  Symphony #2 was on the Command gold label, and was my favorite classical, especially the last movement.  The quality of the sound was a major reason why.  I don't think anything has ever matched it.
A few years ago, the the wear on the record started to show.  So my wife and I started looking for another performance and recording that was as good.  We had no luck until we found used Command records on the internet and at trade shows.  We were excited to find pretty good copies of the Command label versions of the symphony, and started to collect other used Command recordings too, including most of the Beethoven symphonies.  Even the ones made soon after the ABC takeover (up to the late 1960's) were quite good.  Our hope was to convert them to CD's, but realized we would need pretty good equipment and software to get the quality we wanted. Then a few days ago we found your site. Fantastic. As I said, we are extremely happy with your Beethoven's 9th, and going to order the other three Beethoven recordings by Steinberg from your catalog.
Anyway, thanks for your efforts.  If more people realized the job Enoch Light and the Command label did in the early days of High Fidelity, you probably would sell a ton of your CD's. --BW, OR

In England in the late 60s I was a student and could only afford bargain price records and I bought several of Steinbergs Beethoven recordings on the very cheap Music For Pleasure label. They quickly became my favourite Beethoven recordings and the ninth became my most treaured LP; I still have it but I wore it out playing it on cheap record players. For the 30 years since I have continually kept a look out for a second hand LP or a reissue CD and had about given up hope when last month I came upon a copy of the Beethoven 6 in a junk shop and bought it. When I got home I had the bright idea of typing in the words Steinberg and Beethoven ninth into the search engine Google and up popped your website. And now under a month later I have it. And it is wonderful!, far better than my original which I was only ever able to play on low fi stereo. I have never heard it like this. I was worried that it wouldn't live up to the memory and I wouldn't realy enjoy it when it came, but I am absolutely knocked out by it. The quality of the sound far exceeded my expectation and re-affirmed my belief that Steinberg was a conductor of great merit and should be far more well known than he is. I shall be ordering some other recordings from you shortly when the paypal registration is complete. This is definately one of the good things to come out of internet technology. --NF, UK

I was rarely if ever aware of any background noise. At worst it was only faintly audible during the few moments of total silence within the music, and certainly was no more disconcerting than slight tape hiss which doesn't bother me at all! In short, it was just as satisfying a listening experience as if the recording had actually been derived from an open-reel tape. I feared a slowish 1st movement, comparing Steinberg's timing with some of the others, but there is no sense of dragging at all, since there is so much thrust and energy in the playing. I thought the soloists were OK, nothing to write home about (lots of vibrato from the soprano). Mahler's retouchings were fascinating: the orchestral sound is nothing like a Mahler symphony (which naturally one might be a little apprehensive about)--the effect is to correct some of the shrillness and thinness of some spots in Beethoven's orchestration, and I did notice that the trombones have more work to do than in the original, especially in the finale. But nothing seemed out of place or anachronistic. Again, a superb production of a superb performance by this much-underrated maestro. --RO, TX

I hover on the periphery of the recording industry and have a smattering of ignorance on what it is to restore old recordings. I must say, your reworkings of the the Command items and the Ilya Murometz was quite outstanding. A friend of mine and I conspired to mention your site on a Gustav Mahler mailing list and gave the URL with a hearty recommendation to run immediately and get the Beethoven 9 and the Mourometz. Your labor of love has brought much pleasure to all your customers, I am sure, and I am happy to count myself among them. --RO, NY

Very impressive interpretatively, musicologically and sonically. I thought Mahler's emendations were distracting and we now know they are not really necessary to the original scoring--but I'm still extremely glad I finally got to hear them! Most impressive was the incredible work you did on the sound--I never heard the LPs but am certain they never could have sounded this good--you must have great expertise in this area and great love for the material. --BA, MN

Your CD of Steinberg's Command/Pittsburgh Beethoven 9 is another triumph. I will never understand how you can make such beautiful sounding CDs by transferring from LP records. The results are completely professional sounding and I detect almost no surface noise at all; completely astonishing given the terrible quality of Command LPs after abc Records took over the company! And you have performed what amounts to a public service by rescuing from oblivion Steinberg's magnificent realization of Beethoven's last symphony. Bravo! --TB, VA

I noticed in the notes to your Beethoven 9th that the recording was done in Soldiers and Sailors Hall in Ptittsburgh, I'm guessing in about 1962. I don't know if you knew this, but Gustav Mahler himself conducted a concert once with the NY Phil in this very hall ! I looked around on the internet and found that the hall opened in October 1910. That is about the time Mahler conducted there. If I remember correctly, Mahler took the orchestra on a quicky one week tour that went to Buffalo, Rochester, Utica, Boston (Symphony Hall, I believe) and the concert in Pittsburgh. It must have been in the Fall of 1910, but I would have guessed Spring of 1910 because of Mahler's oncoming final illness of streptococcus. He sailed to Germany for the last time in February or March of 1911 and died in May, I think it was, or was it July? He also conducted the NY Phil at Brooklyn's BAM a few times. I don't know why the Troy Music Hall in nearby Troy, NY was not included in this tour. It would have fit in perfectly with the trip from Buffalo to Rochester and Utica. It is my understanding that the S and S Hall is a good one for music, but it seems to not be used anymore. I thought it had been torn down, but I see on the internet that it is now and maybe always was, a museum. Anyway, thanks for the CDs. I hope you put out more in the future. --AP, NY

As I listen, I am in a "time warp," at once on 5 December 2005 in Oklahoma City, and during the 1960's in Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh. I remember attending one Beethoven Ninth one Friday evening in Pittsburgh while I was in college, and leaving in tears at the end of the concert. Some years ago I obtained the complete LP set of Beethoven symphonies by Steinberg/Pittsburgh on the Sine Qua Non label. While I treasure the music, it is impaired by much noise. Your copy of the performance is impeccable. --HS, OK

I've been an avid collector since college back in the early-mid 60s, and recall purchasing the Steinberg set on Command LPs as each LP was released. I recall buying the 9th at EJ Korvette's on 47th street in NYC the day it was released and was disappointed with the sound-- compared to the others in the series, it was muffled and the chorus was buried. I rarely played it. Somehow, you've alleviated that problem to a great degree; your CD sounds much more alive and is eminently enjoyable to listen to. --AP, CA

This was my first recording of the Ninth, and I was too lazy to try to rip the old Command Classics LPs. Nice job, and thanks --MS, OR