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Everything posted by jbrum77634

  1. There's a bundle of new bootleg vinyl releases around, rock and metal are mainstays, don't see that many Zeppelin releases but the industry is still there. Ebay and Discogs are awash with them although the latter tends to close the listings and labels down frequently and plenty of dealers at record fairs still. I should add these are traditional boots, not grey market radio shows that are flooding the markets these days.
  2. Its been getting slower and slower getting Yahoo auction stuff delivered, guess there are fewer and fewer flights leaving Japan - it's about 3 weeks to the UK currently once shipped, based on my experiences. Picked up some real bargains mind in that time as Blind Faith had a sale, prices more or less back to normal now.
  3. Yes, I use the Buyee service to buy from the auction site - works fine but they declare full shipping value so for anything over $25, I generally expect to get charged VAT @ 20% plus a handling fee once it arrives in England so often there's no saving on using the regular providers who charge more but help avoid the fees. I actually bought 2 copies of the box set talked about above, separately, and they both came in under the threshold for VAT/fees so happy days - this is when they were $25. Sometimes there are items sold at big discounts which even with the VAT and fees paid are way way cheaper than the usual suppliers. Also Buyee offer registered airmail which is half the cost of EMS for small orders so this is a saving over some other suppliers and Japan Post is excellent.
  4. Re: the 15CD set. It was initially sold at the lower price as a New Year introductory deal in the Blind Faith shop and online at Japan Yahoo auctions. The auction site said at a set date in early January the price would double or sooner if the special deal allocation was sold out. I don't think there was a second pressing but wouldn't be surprised to see one now given the quantity sold.
  5. Bit of a mystery the numbers as they use the same numbering system as us Westerners and most of the world in general......useful in Japanese shops and websites as at least you can identify the price! It's not a sticker covering the number by any chance? I remember the Divinity release shipped like that way back but it told you in English to remove it!
  6. Very much doubt Eelgrass are linked to EV, you can't buy Eelgrass products in Blind Faith and EV release their own budget jewel case releases. More likely linked to a well known source for boots name-checked in EV's "fuck you" message the other day. I might pick up the Eelgrass next month just for the sheer convenience of having all tracks in one set, I've done my bit to support EV as their version arrives to me sometime this morning having passed through customs and into the courier's delivery schedule.
  7. I think all the last few days have done is to guarantee that EV won't be changing their new method of chopping up and trickling out any exclusive releases, if anything it's just going to get worse. I can't see a solution - pay for streaming? I assume a copy can be made of files being streamed though? I can see EV wrapping up production on the exclusives - the slow release schedule for new SBD show's they are in no hurry for recoup their initial outlay or they simply buy them one at a time. Perhaps the physical format is doomed as we knew it - tit for tat indeed.
  8. Just seen a comment on a Japanese site that suggest the set is on sale, presumably in Blind Faith, and that Friends is definitely not included. 10 songs as per the Airraid site.
  9. In my humble opinion the Deux prices were a tipping point for many - all 3 releases are still available, even the 100 copy promo version is regularly advertised on a Japanese auction site at cost/buy it now prices. Slightly underwhelmed by todays announcements but at least it's costing a lot less than I budgeted.
  10. I think it's a certainty, the days of only releasing the new material as an option are over - it'll be paired with multiple sources to make it the usual 6CD/9CD/12CD etc multiple format boxes. Like Seattle this is all about the maximum $ given it will be copied by cheaper labels and uploaded for the non-paying masses. I can't see it being any cheaper than the lowest priced initial Seattle release - $350. Happy to be wrong ☺️.
  11. Not a release for me, as pointless as Tit for Tat, becoming the preserve of deep-pocketed completists. Been an EV fan since their inception but very selective these days.
  12. Thanks anyway, probably more wishful thinking on my part. I thought Back Trip had closed completely so maybe I will take a quick look in there. I can get most of the Zep stuff in Blind Faith and Pb and other bands in Lighthouse. I've struggled to pick up some of the Wendy releases previously, Lighthouse had some, Strangelove more but that shop is very expensive.
  13. I've been to all the usual suspects, I wondering if there were any more tucked away or less well known either in Shinjuku or other parts of Tokyo, I guess not.
  14. Am not sure if this is completely appropriate to ask here but if necessary can anyone PM some advice to me for a planned Tokyo shopping trip? I've been to Shinjuku several times and know the more well known places where Page and Halfin shop/visit for live stuff but just wondered if any locals/regular visitors have any more locations still trading they might share. I'll have a tight window and I've found some labels/titles generally easier to get than others. Thanks for any help.
  15. Ebay is awash with bootlegs, some pro-sellers offer nothing but. I could never work out what Ebay was trying to achieve, they closed my selling "privilege" permanently for selling parts of my personal collection but let others operate with impunity, guess there are more fees to be made from high volume sellers and it looks good to shut down the small guy. All of that said I hope Discogs and Ebay remain a source, they can be useful for physical collectors such as myself.
  16. I did ask that question before ordering given EV's regular (mis)use of the word "remastered"....got a non-committal answer along the lines of "I haven't heard it so can't comment". I'm not surprised however.
  17. I think you have to walk into Blind Faith in Tokyo to get direct EV prices but if you are that local it's 35,000 yen (Regular), 56,000 (Promo) and 59,000 (deluxe). Most re-sellers add approximately 10% foreigner tax and another 5% paypal fees. Dollar wise $350/$500/$600 plus shipping and paypal fees.
  18. Never seen a Zep only bootleg shop in Shinjuku, made a couple of visits although they have been over the last few years and there are less shops around than there used to be. Blind Faith is the Empress Valley outlet but sells tons of other artists especially the Stones, Clapton and the Beatles. There's a few other shops but they sell all artists.
  19. The "added bonus remastered" sets are likely just straight re-issues of their earlier releases so you're possibly paying $350/$500/$600 for 3-4 CDs of new material depending on which version you want.
  20. This is one of all my all time favourite shows, I have the regular version on the way. Does anyone else think the 7CD box is ridiculously expensive even by Japanese boot standards? I was in the Blind Faith shop in Tokyo last month and they were virtually giving away stockpiles of the Intimidator jewel cased re-release in their bargain bin area - throw it into this set and they double the price!
  21. Ebay halted my selling privileges forever and also closed a friends account because it was linked to my Paypal. I don't miss the hassle of dealing with non-payers and deadbeats and generally Ebay doing nothing to help sellers but found/find their policies....selective. There are pro-sellers with 500+ bootleg items listed 365 days a year and have been for many years but I guess they generate more fees for Ebay.
  22. I thought the general rule of thumb for hi-fidelity sound lay with the source so crap in = crap out in simplistic terms. I guess to a point you can tinker with a mediocre recording and boost levels and balances but ultimately a very poor audience tape is just that and a top quality hi-fi will only highlight the limitations of the source?
  23. Now listed at £2,500 . I don't know if I'd be surprised to see someone buy it or not - I've seen plenty of much more common boots sell for 20 x the regular price as sellers peddle the illusion that the massive price simply must confirm the sheer rarity, luxury etc etc. Now hurry it up EV and take my cash.
  24. Up to nearly $1500, about 3 x shop price. Same seller sold half a dozen of the first press, the first few at more or less retail price so either got a good deal from the shop or didn't make a lot - seems to be going for the jugular on this set . I think the red packaging looks more striking than the black but wouldn't be paying that much for something with second press stamped across the /100 part of the back. At least the label honoured the first press exclusivity of the black set. I used to list my old boots on Ebay and they'd be shut down within hours, wonder how some people operate with impunity with such high profile listings?
  25. 65,000 yen is the Japanese street price - approx £350/$500 . Expect it'll be around £400 or more through resellers.
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