Go here for LondonJazzCollector  open topic discussion forum. It’s like the Steve Hoffman Forum, but without Steve! Join 270 like-minded members and talk about jazz.


Registration is free, and recommended. Due to a recent increase in on-line gambling spammers posing as new members, reluctantly, registration now requires prior approval .

LJC  – October 2020

Update / News 2020

I see the board has reached its storage limit of 200mb for attachments again, because some members are uploading large file attachments. Though it will be unpopular, I have gone back and deleted attachments over ¼ mb to create some headroom for future discussion. Sharing is understandable but it’s meant to be a discussion forum, not a photo-sharing site, guys! I have no source of revenue for image-hosting.  Tumblr and Imgur offer lots of free photo storage capacity, and a link to photos members there is all that’s really needed. Youtube inserts are welcome. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please limit file attachment sizes to under 1/4 mb (250k)

We are also having a problem with Vietnamese Poker spammers, pests, abusing open membership rules. Please use the report a post function and I will try to stay on top of them.

Now talk away!


September 23, 2020

9 thoughts on “LJC FORUM

  1. It would be nice if the football news and other non-music stuff were removed from the LJC Forum. Maybe more people would like to participate then.

    • Forum members please use the spam reporting function, which alerts me as Admin to sort it. I will delete the post and ban the poster by ip address as soon as I see it.

      The Vietnamese Casino spammers are behind Soccer Tips. Their ip address goes back to Ho Chi Min City. They now post images which carry text which can’t be detected by spam filters, and use multiple ip addresses and guest identities, but it is the same spam source: Vietnam. A couple of forum readers are very sharp in reporting spam posts, Please use the Report Post as Spam function, you can help.

      A world without spam would be nice but the Forum host ProBoards doesn’t provide the same level of protection against spam as given by Askimet on WordPress sites. Unfortunately I can’t stop them. Just report spam and I will delete.

  2. I noticed that the forum is still labeled as “Not Secure.” Wouldn’t it be better to have it running https protocol? That shouldn’t be a problem to change. I’ve noticed that there have recently been some unusual posts again, totally unrelated to jazz – ads for services, long posts in cyrillic alphabets, etc I’ve also noticed that sometimes users will post somewhat personal information (such as their locations, amounts paid for record purchases, etc.), probably not realizing this is not a secure site. For everyone’s benefit it might be better to make it more safe to use. It is a very nice forum.

  3. Hear hear Rudolf. You will have more experience with the Shostakovic String quartets than I do but for me there’s the same challenge struggle, and satisfaction in the listening experience as with the masters of free jazz. Only one copy on CD for me I’m afraid, (Borodin) especially now as I try to rebuild my Jazz collection.

  4. I feel guilty but have to reveal that I also buy classical records. While a jazz lover at heart, I’ve become enamored by Brahms’ piano music. My admiration of the pianist, Julius Katchen,playing on the Decca set from the 60s, is boundless.

    • why feel guilty? Besides fiftiesjazz, my other passion is Chostakovich, his 15 String Quartets and his Symphonies. Have them all on CD, even in various interprétations, so as to compare different approaches. I am trying to find original vinyl copies on the Melodiya label. Found my last copies in Yalta for a very reasonable price (50 Rubles equals less than one euro). Moscow flea markets finds are more expensive. In the West the market for Melodiya is going up continuously, so better buying them in their home country. It is beyond the scope of LJC, but I will personally check on Julius Katchen. Never heard of him, I must admit.

      • I purchased the Katchen collection at an state sale – 8 albums on US London unplayed – for a buck. Great set.

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