How do I find the information I need most quickly?
Our database contains all the articles we offer, together with full information about each one.
At the moment we have more than 300 titles listed in our database. This can be accessed when you enter our website by clicking on “Start” in the menu or by starting a search without further search criteria. It is however more efficient to limit your search according to your wishes. The entries in the dropdown menus, the tick-off boxes and the text box are linked as AND-functions. For example, a search using “Speakers Corner” in the Manufacturer dropdown menu and then typing “Miles Davis” in the text box results in a list of all titles by Miles Davis in our catalogue.
In the “Text” box you can search the following criteria:
- Artists (e.g. Oscar Peterson, Glenn Gould)
- Conductors (e.g. Sir Georg Solti)
- Orchestras (e.g. Vienna Philharmonic)
- Works (e.g. Sinfonia concertante)
- Composers (Beethoven)
- Record Title (e.g. Caravanserai)
- Band Name (e.g. Weather Report)
- Catalogue Number (e.g. V6-4060)
- Barcode (z.B 4260019715067)
You can further refine your search by clicking on one or more of the tick-off boxes and dropdown menus. In some cases this may not lead to a successful search result. For example: if you click on “New” in the tick-off box and choose “Tacet” in the Manufacturer dropdown menu but no new title has been released by Tacet in the past few months, then no title will be found. Finally, please click on the “Search” button.
The search result is sorted by default by the release date in descending order, i.e. the newest title is shown at the top of the list. You can alter this listing to suit yourself via the dropdown menu at the top right.
You can choose to display your search result - with either 7 LPs/page or 100 LPs/page - at the top left.
By hovering your mouse over the cover illustration, you will obtain basic information about the relevant article. For detailed information (e.g. the musicians, recording details, availability, release date etc.) please click on “More...”. You can return to your search results list by clicking on the “Back” button of your browser, and a new search can be started everywhere in our website.
How can I create my own selection of titles (Wish List)?Our system offers you the possibility to create your own list of titles. For example, you could make a list of future purchases. This function can be found in the detailed view of the respective article.
You can call up your Wish List with the saved titles in the menu. This menu item is only visible when titles have been saved to the list.
This list can be sent per e-mail or printed out. Even with repeated visits, the corresponding identification name and list will remain available on our website until you delete it – but only on the device you used to create it.
Can I order directly from you?
For structural and legal reasons, it is not possible for us to trade with the consumer. We only deliver to retailers.
How can I find my nearest retailer?
Our releases are available worldwide from a large number of dealers and mail-order shops. Please send us an e-mail or click on the button “How To Buy” in the menu. Please give your country of residence and we will inform you promptly about where you can buy our releases.
Are all the recordings in your catalogue available?
We endeavour to keep a new release constantly available for 12 months. Thereafter, we may make a further pressing according to demand. Several months may pass before this is economically viable, however. It is very helpful for us in such cases if you place your order in advance with your dealer. Should the demand within the period of one year remain very low, we will consider deleting the title from our catalogue. As a matter of principle, we do not produce limited pressings.
How can I find out whether a particular title is available?
Up-to-date information on the availability of a particular title is given in the basic information, which is shown when you hover your mouse over the cover illustration. This information is also shown when you click on “More...”. Please note: This information is only valid for the items in our warehouse. It is possible that your local dealer will still have stock of items which we have deleted or, on the other hand, that he has not yet received delivery of new releases.
How can I obtain information about deleted items?
Detailed information about almost all titles from the Speakers Corner catalogue is available in pdf-format via download.
Please use this link.
How can I obtain information about new releases?
Our website is continually updated. At the beginning of each month we issue an e-mail about our new releases. If you wish to subscribe, please click here on „Subscribe to newsletter“ in the menu.
This service is, of course, completely free of charge.
How can I subscribe/unsubscribe the Newsletter?
To subscribe to our monthly Newsletter simply click here or on “Subscribe to newsletter” in the menu. You can cancel your subscription at any time by clicking on the “Unsubscribe” link in the Newsletter. Alternatively you can subscribe or unsubscribe by sending us a message via our contact form, which is found under “Contact” in the menu at the bottom of our website.
How can I obtain a printed catalogue?
A printed catalogue is included in the cover sleeve of all our releases. If you wish to receive this catalogue by post, please send us a short message via our contact form, which is found under “Contact” in the menu at the bottom of our website.
Are your records completely analogue?
Yes! This we guarantee!
As a matter of principle, only analogue masters are used, and the necessary cutting delay is also analogue. All our cutting engineers use only Neumann cutting consoles, and these too are analogue. The only exception is where a recording has been made – either partly or entirely – using digital technology, but we do not have such items in our catalogue at the present time. Please read the article “Truly analogue?”.
Are your records cut from the original masters?
In our re-releases it is our aim to faithfully reproduce the original intentions of the musicians and recording engineers which, however, could not be realised at the time due to technical limitations.
Faithfulness to the original is our top priority, not the interpretation of the original: there is no such thing as a “Speakers Corner Sound”. Naturally, the best results are obtained when the original master is used. Therefore we always try to locate these and use them for cutting. Should this not be possible, – because the original tape is defective or has disappeared, for example – we do accept a first-generation copy. But this remains an absolute exception for us.
Who cuts the records?
In order to obtain the most faithful reproduction of the original, we have the lacquers cut on the spot, by engineers who, on the whole, have been dealing with such tapes for many years.
Some are even cut by the very same engineer who cut the original lacquers of the first release. Over the years the following engineers have been and still are working for us: Tony Hawkins, Willem Makkee, Kevin Gray, Maarten de Boer, Scott Hull, Rainer Maillard, and Ray Staff, to name but a few.
Who makes the suggestions for repertoire release?
We receive suggestions from various sources: from customers, dealers, the press, our international distributors, and also from the repertoire owners. We then make a list of suggestions, which we present to our dealers. When it becomes clear that a certain title will achieve satisfactory international sales, we ask for clearance from the repertoire owner to re-release the title as an LP. This is often the beginning of an odyssey, for one can never be sure that a title will be given clearance, or that the original masters can be located … You too can make repertoire suggestions; please click here to do so or go to “Suggestions” in the menu.
If I suggest a title, what are the chances of realisation?
First of all, the repertoire must suit our catalogue. We are specialised in recordings which were made during the years from the mid-Fifties to the beginning of the Eighties, and which are therefore completely analogue. In addition, the title must be attractive for worldwide sale. Repertoire that has been produced for a particular market is not economically viable. Even then, it is possible that certain recordings are not available to us because the rights are no longer held by the original recording label and/or the artist has not agreed to a re-release.