Originally Posted by PQleyR
Just listening on a hi-fi now. I can definitely see what you all mean...but I remain convinced that the original can be improved upon. Watch this space, I suppose.
EDIT: Aha! I think I may have found a clue. Mine sounds a lot better if it's played louder, it must be a Fletcher-Munson curve thing...because it's much less midrangy at quieter volumes it sounds like there's nothing there, while the original is all midrange like a 60s garage recording and so cuts through at any volume. However, if you turn my one up you get all the bass and high end that you would otherwise miss. It's not mastered and so is pretty quiet anyway.
Oh, I take it the 'clang' is the sort of honky-tonk piano sound throughout?
I think the issue is mainly a headphone one. What headphones are you using? I'm listening back on a pair of AKG K701's and there is a distinct 250Hz issue. I'm thinking your headphones, combined with a loudness monitoring issue would cause the mix problems others are describing. I have the advantage of VU Meters whenever I listen back so it's easy to set reasonably objective monitoring levels.