How does it sound? Is it about 10% quieter than most other records? Does it sound sort of muffled?
Sounds magical - warm as ever. levels are completely fine. not quiet in any way. no where near being anything close to being muddy in any way. not even a little bit. I even dug up my original M-7 which I "thought" may have been quiet, but the same things applies.. both records are warm and magical as ever.
perhaps they lost their magical engineer.... or the ones used for the repressing was from an original digital source.. i'm guessing naturally but needless to say that's very disheartening to hear. * reminds me I should record and convert that record while it still plays completely fine. I have at least 30+ scratches on it...
so as mentioned.. your instinct was telling you something.