Randy, it was interesting to hear of the backgrounds in music that you and your father had. All I needed to see was that you were in serious need of expanding your classical collection(there's a whole world of great music out there waiting for you)to set me into action. Tower Records has four more days to go on their current sale and here are some suggestions of favorites of mine that I think you'd enjoy: the Ravel Ma Mere is included in a fine collection by Ozawa ; absolutely sure-fire is the Holst Planets in my favorite version by Mehta ; a bargain is the nearly complete orchestral output of my favorite composer, Rachmaninoff, by Ashkenazy ; Dvorak's delightful Slavonic Dances by Kubelik . Good prices, free shipping.
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Enjoy the music, not the equipment.