I empathize with your excitement. I have my Kurzweil K2500
hooked up to my PC's midi out, and quite enjoy hearing good
midi files play through it. And, as you've found, there are
vast differences in the quality of those available.
In the past few years, you can imagine that the trend toward
turning a profit on the internet has resulted in the sites
which offered the best midi files beginning to charge for
their obviously superior downloads.
Still, you can obtain a reasonable degree of quality for free.
As for a site which reviews midi sites, the best choice
would certainly be the site which is listed #1 in a Google
search for both "best midi files" and "best midi sites",
which is the midi page on StartingPage.com:
As you may know, Google ranks a site higher if it is a
consistently popular page on the topic of the search.
Additionally, I found that it contains many of the
higher-quality links I have personally bookmarked over
the past few years. This indicates not only their
agreement that these sites are useful, but also that
these sites have not 'gone away', as many bookmarks
are likely to do.
The first is a link to 'Standard Midi Files on the Web'.
The link is obfuscated and the final result is merely
a duplicate of one of my bookmarks. Use this instead:
The second link is also obfuscated with referral language,
but the ultimate destination is for a midi search site:
The third link is also obfuscated with referral language,
but resolves to Harmony Central's list of (unrated) links:
About.com has an article regarding some of the legal issues
which have resulted in the shutdown of some of the best
free midi file sites, entitled 'Massive MIDI Sites -
Large archives almost gone':
About.com offers the following resources on links from this
The Midi Composer's Exchange:
Don Ferguson's Tin Pan Alley:
And About.com's page linking to different styles:
MP3-MIDI.com also provides useful links to About.com's
collections by style:
Another site which offers links with a moderate degree
of review is TigerBill's site:
Another good resource is The Midi Farm:
WebRings are another good resource on any topic.
Here is the midi webring page:
And finally, PRS.net has changed to ClassicalArchives.com
and offers some of the best classical midi files around:
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Searches done, via Google:
"best midi sites"
"best midi files"