I hadn't heard them since the late sixties when I bought the Drolc Quartet's LP. Just heard the A major on the radio and was practically dancing on top of my steering wheel.
All suggestions welcome.
Has anyone mentioned the Doric Quartet? A recent recording brought to my attention by contributor Dirge, which might be my favorite full set of the three since the superb Juilliard Quartet record of the late 1960s; as was mentioned, I think the latter has to be gotten from Japan. The Auryn is recommendable but not quite at the same level, a shade more understated than it might be.
The Lark Quartet, like many other ensembles, just recorded #1 and #3 but it's a splendid set; sensitive, alert, and gutsy. Incidentally, Astrid Schween, their long-time cellist, is now with the Juilliard.
Also incidentally, there are superlative recordings of single quartets by (chronologically) the Lener Quartet, the Paganini, the Quartetto Italiano (I prefer their one quartet on EMI to anything in their Philips set), and the Musikverein (Decca, reissued on Eloquence).
Outside of a live Bruckner Quintet, I never warmed to the Voglers but admit that I haven't heard their Schumann.