OK, here goes. I've been thinking about this for awhile. What do you think about . . . I do not hear some tonal differences that other people talk about, and they don't hear some differences that I tell them about. Your first experience with a tone, if it is positive, can set your standard, and since it was first and positive, it frequently becomes the model against which all others are compared. For instance, I've got a recording of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor that I got when I was young. I love it and have played it a million times -- the organ tone is deep and rich and the interpretation of the piece is both cohesive and exciting. When I hear other recordings or performances, I may enjoy them, but they rarely match my internalized standard. How am I supposed to know if my original recording, my standard that I love, is *really* THAT good? I could look up what other critics say about this cd, but I doubt they'd say it sets the standard for all subsequent performances. I could play it for you, but in many cases other people say they do not hear the nuances I describe (like when other musicians do not hear fine points in bass tones, like the difference between a P and a J). Am I better off not thinking about this stuff and just enjoying my standards? Why or why not?