Annie- If you are in college, you should run (not walk) to the library in the music building and look up some of those conductors. Start with Beethoven and Mozart; also look for Otto Klemperer (he has recorded a great Midsummer Night's Dream) (hope I spelled it right!). If not, your local public library deserves a visit. If they don't have any records, you should be able to get them through inter-library loan. When the weather gets nice, start yard-saling. People get rid of records at yard sales (or tag sales or garage sales, whatever you want to call them) for bargain prices. Just be careful of the "Greates Hits of the Romantic Period!" type recordings.. you know things like "Classical Thunder" and "Mozart for Lovers". Generally very cheesy stuff, that. Also, check the casette bargain bins at "record shops" (do they still call them that?) and Wal-Mart check out lines. Classical and Jazz tapes are usually inexpensively priced. Especially the old ones. I found a Buddy Rich tape for $1.00!