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#2828382 03/18/19 05:35 PM
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Do you buy your music online? If so, what website and are the prices decent. I bought Beethoven piano sonatas Volume 1 G Henle edition last Wednesday from Music Room .com and still have not received it (today being Monday).

What website do you buy from and how long do you generally wait for delivery?


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scottgreen94 #2828418 03/18/19 07:35 PM
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I use Sheet Music Plus. What I like about them is that whatever you order comes packaged in hard cardboard packaging so that you books or sheets are never bent or mangled.


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I use sheetmusicdirect.com. I buy the PDF and download it, never bought real music.


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We still have a few stores that sell sheet music (or books), and will order music for me. I like to do my part to keep them in business. And, they will match the price I can find from any other retail source. It's so hard to tell from what you can see on the computer, what is the paper, the binding, and how the music looks on the page. It's a big deal for me. Some scores have tiny, all but illegible print. Or the paper is dark enough to reduce the contrast.

Sorry, no sale. Playing from a score is dangerous enough, even if you can see it.

Chopin Op. 18--- good on you! 10 page sides; that's a lot of waltzing. I have the Alfred book, "Chopin Waltzes for the Piano," edited or curated by Willard Palmer. The Performance Edition I have goes pretty much straight through, which I appreciate although--- I don't know it for a fact--- it suggests another kind of edition, such as the publisher has put out for the WTC, with all kinds of information comparing sources and authorities. But it sounds as if you have an eye for the beautiful (and expensive) editions from Europe.

One place that has surprised me as a source for scores and other music-related books: a used book store. But, why not? Lots of people want to get rid of books and scores, and many of the books have been out of print for some time.

Good luck with your search. It could become a second hobby, if you don't watch out.

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Amazon is always my first choice.

I try to avoid Sheet Music Plus. They seem to sit on your order for a week unless you pay for premium shipping. If you pay for premium shipping, then they'll mail it to you right away.

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I try to avoid Sheet Music Plus. They seem to sit on your order for a week unless you pay for premium shipping. If you pay for premium shipping, then they'll mail it to you right away.


Sheet Music Plus' search engine is one of the worst I have encountered. Even when refining a search with specific parameters, items show up near the top of the search that have little to do with the search.

When I buy music, which is infrequent now because my own library has more music than I will ever be able to play, but lots of it still within my grasp and waiting for me, I buy from a local music shop. I like their service and I like to do my little bit to keep them in operation.

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I buy everything from Amazon (USA), but when I visit local shops I love to pick up a few items.

The dangerous thing on Amazon is browsing through the “used” books; it’s easy to justify a US$50 order when the music books are less than $5 each. I’ve ended up with 7 or 8 orders like that - a bit like Christmas when the box arrives.


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I try to avoid Sheet Music Plus. They seem to sit on your order for a week unless you pay for premium shipping. If you pay for premium shipping, then they'll mail it to you right away.


Sheet Music Plus' search engine is one of the worst I have encountered. Even when refining a search with specific parameters, items show up near the top of the search that have little to do with the search.


I completely agree. There were a few times when I've had to use google to find scores on their website.

I should have added that there is a somewhat local store that I buy from occasionally as well. They have a dusty dungeon of thousands of scores, including the some real rarities (and way too much Schirmer).

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I like to buy online from Hutchins and Rea in gorgeous Georgia. Their customer service is very good. The search engine on the site is a bit cumbersome but quite comprehensive. It takes a few weeks for the music to arrive by economy courier, but carefully packed.


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I try to avoid Sheet Music Plus. They seem to sit on your order for a week unless you pay for premium shipping. If you pay for premium shipping, then they'll mail it to you right away.


Sheet Music Plus' search engine is one of the worst I have encountered. Even when refining a search with specific parameters, items show up near the top of the search that have little to do with the search.


While it is true that their search engine isn't the best, I've never had much problem finding a specific book I was looking for. Maybe if I were searching for more obscure music it would become a problem though. Their shipping is excellent though and their prices are the lowest for most editions which is why I keep coming back to them.


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Do you buy your music online?

These days, I buy almost all my music from Amazon UK. I don't travel up to London very often, like I used to, but if I do, I'd browse in Foyle's which has a whole floor devoted to sheet music and music books, when I'd often buy scores on spec.

With Prime, I often get my music on the same evening, or else next day. With third-party sellers, within 3 - 5 days. I don't have any trouble getting quite obscure stuff on Amazon (which in fact is what I buy these days - I have all the standard rep) - someone will sell it. And it's almost always well-packaged.


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EU based online stores usually. These days mostly amazon.de or amazon.uk. But rare music I buy where ever I can find it, often I use di-arezzo.com. Sometimes I order straight from the publishers. A good source of Russian music is ruslania.com

Delivery times are usually pretty long to this place anyway, so I am used to it taking a week or more.

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I like to buy online from Hutchins and Rea in gorgeous Georgia. Their customer service is very good. The search engine on the site is a bit cumbersome but quite comprehensive. It takes a few weeks for the music to arrive by economy courier, but carefully packed.


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I just placed an order last week. They periodically discount Henle and offer free shipping on orders over $100, which I’ve placed twice now. Bill is courteous and quick to respond. I receive mine within a week, more or less.


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Do you buy your music online?

These days, I buy almost all my music from Amazon UK. I don't travel up to London very often, like I used to, but if I do, I'd browse in Foyle's which has a whole floor devoted to sheet music and music books, when I'd often buy scores on spec.

With Prime, I often get my music on the same evening, or else next day. With third-party sellers, within 3 - 5 days. I don't have any trouble getting quite obscure stuff on Amazon (which in fact is what I buy these days - I have all the standard rep) - someone will sell it. And it's almost always well-packaged.


I also buy almost all my music from Amazon Prime, U.S. Where I live it does take two days, but is very convenient.



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A good source of Russian music is ruslania.com

Delivery times are usually pretty long to this place anyway, so I am used to it taking a week or more.


The last time I bought sheet music online was from tutti.co.uk
I was looking for the "Preludes op 53 by Nikolai Kapustin", and they had quite a bit from him. I had a look at ruslania.com, but could not find any sheet music from Kapustin, which was a bit odd.

Here is a taste by the way

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All this talk of sheet music reminds me when I was a music student at university studying for a degree in music.I used to work in a sheet music store part time.I would sometimes meet professional musicians.But the discovery of music for different instruments was equally fascinating.
Every Friday I would try to be there to tidy up the pop music stand
because all the pop music fans both young and old would be
be there on Saturday mornings.
A tiny slice of my life !!! Sorry I could not resist.

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All this talk of sheet music reminds me when I was a music student at university studying for a degree in music.I used to work in a sheet music store part time.I would sometimes meet professional musicians.But the discovery of music for different instruments was equally fascinating.
Every Friday I would try to be there to tidy up the pop music stand
because all the pop music fans both young and old would be
be there on Saturday mornings.
A tiny slice of my life !!! Sorry I could not resist.


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Originally Posted by Skjalg
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A good source of Russian music is ruslania.com

Delivery times are usually pretty long to this place anyway, so I am used to it taking a week or more.


The last time I bought sheet music online was from tutti.co.uk
I was looking for the "Preludes op 53 by Nikolai Kapustin", and they had quite a bit from him. I had a look at ruslania.com, but could not find any sheet music from Kapustin, which was a bit odd.

Of course the selection does not have all publishers.
OT but I must admit I am really not a fan of Kapustin...I like jazz and I like classical piano, but not when they are mixed...


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