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Henle Edition Question #2751946
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Hutchins and Rea currently has a sale on clothbound Henle editions. I am looking to pick up both books of Well-Tempered Clavier, and am wondering how these compare in terms of quality to the paperback counterparts. Does anyone have clothbound, and is it worth the extra money?

Also, should I take advantage of this sale and buy the two volumes of Beethoven sonatas clothbound as well?

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Re: Henle Edition Question [Re: reunegade] #2751955
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I've not had any experience with Henle cloth-bound editions, but, given the quality of their paper-bound editions, I would say:
- their cloth-bound are undoubtedly of high binding quality, and,
- given the quality of their paper-bound editions, I wouldn't spend the extra money for the cloth-bound.

I have some paper-bound Henles that are 50 years old and are still going strong!

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The cloth-bound editions are in German libraries and they are very very nice but I prefer paper-bound. If you are a Debussy fan, they have a great three volume set of every Debussy piano piece ever published in chronological order. They are wonderful pictures in there too.

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My Henle Mozart volumes are cloth-bound and are also going strong after 50 years. They stay open beautifully at any page. I love the cloth-bound Henle volumes and think you would be very happy with them if you bought them.


Re: Henle Edition Question [Re: reunegade] #2752080
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I have the clothbound Henle two-volume WTK, with fingerings by Schiff. I absolutely love it! I also went with clothbound Henle for the Beethoven sonatas. I'm afraid they have spoiled me - paper-bound editions just seem cheap to me now.

Count this as a vote in favor for the Henle clothbound Bach WTK and Beethoven sonatas!


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I appreciate well made books, so of course I like Henle editions. I recently purchased a clothbound Henle edition and it is very nice but I hesitate to write in it. If I wanted it just for reference then I would prefer the clothbound version but if I'm going to use it at the piano and write in it, I prefer the paperbound version.


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I have one hard bound Brahams Piano Pieces and it is very nice but a bit difficult to set on the music desk. I got it on sale but prefer the soft bound editions.




Re: Henle Edition Question [Re: reunegade] #2752203
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The Henle clothbound editions are worth the extra investment when you can make it, especially if it is a piece you are likely to revisit more than once.


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Re: Henle Edition Question [Re: reunegade] #2752222
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Thanks everyone. Ended up getting the clothbound seeing as it was only around $10 more than paperbound. Can't wait for my WTC I and II to arrive!

Re: Henle Edition Question [Re: reunegade] #2752275
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Clothbound is great - you won't regret it. I have some clothbound editions that are 80 years old and they are in remarkably good condition.

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Henle is only 70 years old, so I suppose you mean editions by other publishers.


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Would it be a good idea to invest in both volumes of Beethoven sonatas and the entire Chopin Etudes clothbound?

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Originally Posted by BDB
Henle is only 70 years old, so I suppose you mean editions by other publishers.

I do, but all clothbound editions I've seen have been very sturdy and open nicely.

Re: Henle Edition Question [Re: ando] #2752287
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Henle is only 70 years old, so I suppose you mean editions by other publishers.

I do, but all clothbound editions I've seen have been very sturdy and open nicely.


My experience isn't quite the same. I have a couple of very old Schirmer cloth-bound editions. They are printed on a relatively high-gloss paper (low rag content?) which has become somewhat brittle with age (so have I, for that matter!), and the volumes don't lie flat on the music stand.

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Paper that becomes brittle with age is due to acid used in the manufacturing from wood pulp. Making paper that way was highly polluting, and there are cost advantages to making low-acid paper, so that is largely a thing of the past.


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