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Excellent material, but defective product...buyers beware and read the review!!!
on August 13, 2013
Very good material, typical from the earlier Mule concerts, bass line is incredible, and while Derek joins the set a real eargasm!!! Well actually as I write this review, all I could say is that I've really enjoyed "whatever I was able to save and could heard", as I have several issues with the pack glue and defects (as many others here).
Update: Well in the first order the third CD was damaged, and the fifth defective, and not from the glue, it made an scratchy noise, on the second, the CDs were better, but still a few scuffs in one of them, unacceptable for a brand new item, and the fifth still defective, now on the third order, the fifth CD was defective as well, you can listen to it, but it makes noises like static or scratchy noises (tested in two players, a 555ES Sony and an Oppo). Thanks God Amazon refunded and the third will be on the way back as well, I still have one clean, but still not fully functional set, the other two are on the way back...Yeah I know, perseverance is a virtue...But in this case it was simply not worthy...Well finally second time playing them now...Still same noise!!!
After some inspection, it seems that the glue problem was not that they applied too much, it was all the opposite, the glue was supposed to be applied at the end of the sleeve, as a full line, to seal the back and to avoid the CDs from slipping though the back, a pretty bad design if you asked, with a simple cardboard ear the problem would be solved completely...but they just applied a drop or two of the glue, and inserted the CDs right away, without letting the glue to dry properly, and seal the cardboard sleeve, so the disks slipped all the way, and the glue got on top and bottom the disks instead of the cardboard!!!
MY ADVICE STOP BUYING THEM TILL THEY FIX THESE PROBLEMS...AMAZON REMOVED THEM FROM THE INVENTORY AS WELL...A REAL SHAME THAT A SO GOOD MATERIAL WAS PRODUCED IN A VERY POOR WAY!!!!
AGAIN THE FIFTH CD WAS DEFECTIVE IN THREE SETS...YOU MAY GET LUCKY, BUT IS A RISK YOU WILL TAKE!!!
Update: after some digging I found out that all fith discs are deffective, they have an offset, in other words the hole is not centered, they create an big stress on the spindle, and vibrates, some players are inmune to those as they use tons of compression and buffering, and i could copy them in my PC, but the noise was incredible loud while rotating it...but...for the high end players, and transports, that does not work, and they are not read properly...a real shame they produced a so lame product...Sorry guys, but after all this waste of money in returns, I just copied all of the 6 CDs and returned the defective ones, and solved the problem, no artwork but at least 6CDs that work perfectly!!!
Now I will give you some tips after three sets, on how to remove the glue from the disks, and save the day, (for the ones that still have not damaged the discs with abrasives) Just take a microfiber towel, or a cotton ball, and apply a few drops of WD-40, or Goo Gone, or a shot of any oily cleaner spray, apply gently but softly in a circular motion on the affected areas where the glue is, leave it for a minute, do not rub too hard!!! And all glue will be gone in a few minutes, clean all the disk with alcohol (Isopropyl, the ones of the dollar store or pharmacy style) and clean with the same microfiber to remove the oil, and you will be all set...DO NOT USE ANY ABRASIVE, AS THEY WILL NOT REMOVE THE GLUE, AND WILL RUIN THE FINISH OF THE PLASTIC ON THE DISC ITSELF!!!
Later I got some paper sleeves (from the dollar store, 50 sleeves for a dollar) cut the top ears and insert the CDs in, and slide them into the sleeves, not too deep in, so if there is any residue of the glue on the cardboard, it will not get on the discs just the paper...