Offered here is a complete 3-record set of the Mercury "Living Presence" Stereo SR3-9016 1965 release with the dark maroon labels -- Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites for Unaccompanied Cello Complete, Janos Starker. In some of the photos, the labels look red due to the camera's automatic white balance, but all three records have the early DARK MAROON Mercury labels, and not the later red Mercury labels.Dead wax markings "MR" and "RFR-3; "RFR-1, " "MR" and PR;" "RFR-2, " "MR" and "M2, " and "MR" and M3. I acquired this set from the original owner last week and played each of the six sides once, and only once -- using a cleaned, low-hours Denon DL-110 MC cartridge -- to grade the sound quality/condition of these records. All six sides played beautifully start-to-finish, and substantiated the glowing reviews I've read about this early Mercury set. Superb sonics and in my experience as dead quiet as vinyl gets. I did not hear one single "pop" or "tick, " which to me indicates that, while there are a few visible scratches, not one of them causes any audible artifacts. I have never heard any record new or vintage sound better and with less surface noise than these three.
The sound of all three of these records is absolutely magnificent. The box is only in Fair to Good condition. With good intentions, the original owner repaired the few paper and cardboard tears and storage wear with one piece of acid-free museum/archival book repair tape (on the corner of the spine and back), and a few pieces of acid-free scrapbooking tape elsewhere. The spine of the box has one small spot of red paint and one small spot of green paint (see photo).Insert booklet is in Very Good condition. No odors of any kind anywhere. There is no writing or markings (pen, pencil, etc) of any kind anywhere. The generic paper sleeves may be original or not, I'm not sure. They are in Fair condition, not beautiful, not perfect, but in serviceable condition. The item "Mercury SR3-0016 Bach Cello Suites Starker 1965 Orig RFR pressings Superb Sound" is in sale since Friday, March 27, 2020. This item is in the category "Music\Records". The seller is "bigscreenbob" and is located in Westerville, Ohio. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.