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I'm not sure where you are, but there ARE real bricks-and-mortar music shops around, even if you have to travel some distance. I agree that there is no substitute for seeing the books; even the feel of them is important. You can't tell from an online picture whether a piece of music is going to last or will fall apart after a couple of weeks.
There is such a lot of suitable music for your level; and you have the experience to recognise what will appeal to you. I'm sure that someone will be able to recommend a shop if you give some idea of your area.
Let's resist this awful 21st century trend to take the sociability out of shopping.
Of course, one approach would be to get the current Ass Board syllabus (available from your local music shop!!!) and get the book of pieces for your grade - or, even better, the volumes containing the alternative pieces, which would give you a huge range of material at approximately your level.
I have taught a lot of "returners". It's amazing how quickly it all comes back.
Actually, this raises the question of which is the best-stocked music shop in the UK these days. Chappells of (used to be) Bond Street is OK, though they have an irritating habit of only having one copy of each piece on the shelves - and the staff are far from ideal! I'm not sure about Foyles now! And most of the best shops outside London (like Russell Acotts in Oxford) have gone.
Personally I look back fondly on the wonderful Cramer's in St Martin's Lane, many years ago. A smallish shop, but it had everything, including a helpful and knowledgeable elderly man whose name was something like Mr de Lisle (?).
Yes, Rachael probably has the best place on her doorstep!
Anyway, I am very grateful thanks
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