Fans of pop music in all its variety have countless places to find used discs, but go in to a used CD shop in Pittsburgh and you'll likely find only the most pathetic collection of classical. A beat-up Three Tenors here, a Beethoven Six there, maybe someone's stash of John Williams guitar albums. But not much to peak the interest. But once a year, the scale tips back into our favor with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Music, Scores, Books & CDs sale. It is coming again: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 1 and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 2 on the second floor of the main branch in Oakland -- in the music wing. It is run by the Friends of the Music Library.
I have it on good authority that CDs will be very cheap, and I know that there are good discs there. I have donated a few and there are apparently several other donations of big collections. There's always something off the wall in sales like this, so even if you have a lot of classical music, you may want to check it out. But certainly, this is a great opportunity for most to get good classical music or to listen to music that is new to you without liquidating your wallet.
For more info, call 412-622-3105.
And if there is a used CD shop out there with a good used classical selection, e-mail me and I will give it some props. What I have seen just is not pretty.