If you don't have the music to spin?
I have a request, and given its broad nature, I will make this post more about the recordings, and a sister post, in "software" more about the music, though I welcome thoughts on both.
So I have a "nice" system which, although thoroughly beyond my financial means, is a source of constant joy, and thus remains. My system contains a decent turntable, or so I understand. I also live near two phenomenal thrift shops and between them I seem to get a fresh supply of records every week or so. These records range in price form 25 to 75 cents, and are composed largely of classical music. Jazz and rock, which present them with equal frequency, are by no means scarce, but the pickins seem slim.
If you are with me so far, this is where you come in.
I am a relative novice to both classical and vinyl. I need your help in identifying what constitutes a good record. What labels are notorious for great sound? What, besides a lack of scratches and dust should I look for? I don't have a cleaning machine, just some brush I bought. Of course I want great moving performances, but would be happy with just some rules of thumb on getting the most bang for my buck, er quarter.
So any advice?