This is kind of a relief actually Peter, if I do have a ripping problem, and I am not going crazy. I have spent so much time being annoyed by this and trying to track down the problem, so thank you for your time.
All CD's including the one I sent you were ripped on my workstation using dbPoweramp while I worked. I did wear out one drive and replaced it with a Pioneer Bluray but I cannot remember exactly which disks were ripped with which drive, although I do know that at least some of the albums that pause were ripped on the latter drive.
As it turns out I am at the moment sorting out a new ripping solution with a Plextor drive and a quieter PC than my workstation, but still using dbPoweramp which I most sincerely hope is not part of the problem. The Plextor drive should be here in the next week or two and once it turns up I will put it in the workstation and rerip some of the problem disks.
Peter, is there a way to tell which tracks have the issue? Can that be automated in some way so I know in advance which CDs to redo?
PS: what ripping software do you use?