Back to the Rosbaud Mahler box. Got it yesterday. I was bit surprised to see how much fake stereo ambiance has been added to all of these- made me wonder if that had been done for the whole series and I missed it? In this case I think it's a bit too much and the recording is losing texture and focus.
Thankfully no- prior releases have been more conservative. The Bruckner is pretty tight mono-ish audio. Maybe some ambiance, but still mostly mono.
In looking at my holdings, I can say I've got better versions of all the Mahler symphonies from either prior releases or just posts here (4: Archipel, 5: ICA's transfer is fantastic, far better, 6: Arkadia converted to true mono, 7: Phoenix, 1 and 9 get them here). Take 9- by running some noise reduction on madamasu's post here, I have a clearly superior version.
More fun- his post of Mahler 1 with the tape problem? There's clearly some of that in the SWR version as well- maybe 50% repaired, but it is there. And madamasu's version is clearer and more focused.
So I guess that this is a box that can be skipped. Now, to sell, or hold?