Most expensive record/CD in your collection?

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I find it fun to see what records appreciate in value and which ones make me feel silly about the price I paid. What are the priciest of yours? Do you have proof it sells for as much as you think?

Evan, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 04:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Used or new? Box sets?

the late great, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 04:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, anything. As far as what it is now worth. I guess ignore your largest list price, instead its resell value.

Evan, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 05:40 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure yet what my priciest record would be, but I just noticed as I pointed out in the Air France thread that my vinyl copy of No Way Down/Trade Winds sold for $132. I wasn't expecting that high, really.

Evan, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 05:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Um not my copy, sorry.

Evan, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 05:44 (five years ago) Permalink

That sold... Full sentences in the morning...

Evan, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 05:45 (five years ago) Permalink

If you go by the guide, I think this one:

http://images.45cat.com/joe-turner-here-comes-your-iceman-atlantic.jpg

But my copy of End of the Century is signed by everyone (Marky, not Tommy), so more likely that.

clemenza, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 05:50 (five years ago) Permalink

i have a couple ambient CDs that i've seen go for $100 each on ebay, not sure that's that big of a deal

the late great, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 05:51 (five years ago) Permalink

riptides debut 45

linalooool (electricsound), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 06:59 (five years ago) Permalink

I have no idea. I doubt anything is that expensive. Most I paid was £36 for a single album for Zaireeka but that's cos it's a 4CD set, not because its rare.

comedy is unnatural and abhorrent (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 07:04 (five years ago) Permalink

unopened copy of Fucked Up Inside by Spiritualized on 12" vinyl

Broney, Pt. 1 (Pillbox), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 07:05 (five years ago) Permalink

I mean, I found that in a bargain bin at a street fair in 1994 & paid next to nothing for it, but it is worth quite a bit.

Broney, Pt. 1 (Pillbox), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 07:08 (five years ago) Permalink

I paid $300 for an FMP box set a couple of years ago. That was list price.

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 07:32 (five years ago) Permalink

£80 for an original copy of 'Laughing Stock' by Talk Talk on vinyl. This was before the reissues unfortunately.

Internet Alan, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 12:02 (five years ago) Permalink

unopened copy of Fucked Up Inside by Spiritualized on 12" vinyl

― Broney, Pt. 1 (Pillbox), Wednesday, October 3, 2012 3:05 AM (6 hours ago)

http://collectorsfrenzy.com/search?q=fucked+up+inside&search-button=

Strangely bounces between $100 something and $40 back and forth

Evan, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 13:27 (five years ago) Permalink

The Joe Turner is a little unpredictable as well:

http://collectorsfrenzy.com/search?q=big+joe+rides+again&search-button=

Evan, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 13:29 (five years ago) Permalink

electricsound is in the lead

http://collectorsfrenzy.com/search?q=riptides+sunset&search-button=

Evan, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 13:32 (five years ago) Permalink

The Joe Turner was part of a big jazz buy from the father of a guy I worked with who was switching over to CDs--this would have been late '80s. It's in excellent shape, and it's one of the two original issues; can't remember whether mine is the mono or stereo (I'm at work right now).

clemenza, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 13:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Nothing remarkable:
£45: Rufus Wainwright - "Tiergarten (Supermayer Remix)" (12" promo, Polydor)
€35: Neil Young's On the Beach (Reprise, turned out to be a '74 UK pressing that plays slightly faster than it should. Always thought that gave opener "Walk On" an extra kick), a year or two before it finally was reissued.

willem, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 13:39 (five years ago) Permalink

There are a couple of online listings for autographed copies of End of the Century. The more expensive:

http://www.ioffer.com/i/the-ramones-band-signed-end-of-the-century-album-511374796

The other's like $70. The only problem with my copy is that they all signed on the back--the signatures are fine, but the front would obviously be much better. (Lined up inside a Toronto record store for this, right when the album came out.)

clemenza, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 13:40 (five years ago) Permalink

John Martyn, "London Conversation" orig

The Flies "I'm not your stepping stone"

probably spme others also...

Mark G, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 14:19 (five years ago) Permalink

My most theoretically valuable CD is probably Tim Buckley - Starsailor.

QUOTE sampling at a higher rate UNQUOTE (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 15:01 (five years ago) Permalink

As someone who came to CDs late--don't think I bought my first one till '89--and who didn't really start buying a lot of them until cheap ones flooded a local book chain in the late '90s, are there in fact really valuable CDs on the order of the Beatles butcher cover, or old doo-wop records?

clemenza, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 15:26 (five years ago) Permalink

For a while, mine was the Who's Two's Missing CD. Issued by MCA in 1987, but few were pressed, and until recently it was the only CD source for the live version of "Goin' Down." A Japanese reissue came out earlier this year, but I think it was limited/now out-of-print.

5-Hour Enmity (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 15:31 (five years ago) Permalink

probably this?

nerve_pylon, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 15:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Probably a signed/number single bundle of St. Etienne's "Method of Modern Love"

daavid, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 15:36 (five years ago) Permalink

clemenza there are some out of print 80s hair metal cult albums, hip-o select label reissues, and silly cases like the very rare original Norah Jones blue note EP that all fetch sometimes $100s as CDs

Evan, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 15:37 (five years ago) Permalink

nice clean copy of peter grudzien's 'the unicorn' probably followed by la monte young well-tuned piano box or oasis lp on cranbus.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 15:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Wow nerve I didn't know any Orange Juice sold that high.

Evan, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 15:37 (five years ago) Permalink

As far as a CD for me I have this but I don't know what it has actually sold for. Has held a high price for awhile though.

Evan, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 15:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Sea Urchins Pristine Christine 7"? thought it was worth about £50 but one sold for £442 recently

zappi, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:00 (five years ago) Permalink

xpost I have one of those on "Infinite Zero" label

Mark G, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Massive Attack Vs Burial Split LP #539/1000 Inhale Gold Protection Mezzanine
Air France No Way Down/On Trade Winds 2x EP

Got two of each respectively to sell one and thus cover the expense of overseas shipping but didn't get around to it yet. Also didn't expect both of them to rise so high in price.

Plus this oddity, though i'm not quite sure one will be able to sell it for that much in reality. Got it for ~5€ on ebay once.

the europan nikon is here (grauschleier), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Mbv remasters, which I couldve attained for 30bucks less online but convinced myself the additional bills would fund and sp
eed up the new album. I also don't understand how retail works.

kelpolaris, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:52 (five years ago) Permalink

No idea, really.
Is my VG+ original Brain Records pressing of Neu! 75 valuable?

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:56 (five years ago) Permalink

i guess'ask the ages'? on ebay right now for $54.

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:59 (five years ago) Permalink

I paid $0.50 for this
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8449/8050913310_c06afc3668.jpg
or
I paid $190.00 for this
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8039/7909070426_a8aaaf13ff.jpg

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 17:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Current 93 8LP Vinyl-On-Demand box set, around $500

single LP is La Monte Young's "Black Album", maybe $300? it's gone up a lot in the last ten years.

sleeve, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 17:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Massive Attack Vs Burial Split LP #539/1000 Inhale Gold Protection Mezzanine
Air France No Way Down/On Trade Winds 2x EP

Got two of each respectively to sell one and thus cover the expense of overseas shipping but didn't get around to it yet. Also didn't expect both of them to rise so high in price.

Plus this oddity, though i'm not quite sure one will be able to sell it for that much in reality. Got it for ~5€ on ebay once.

― the europan nikon is here (grauschleier), Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:47 PM (26 minutes ago)

Yes I have the Air France as well! Did not expect the price either, though I hadn't ever seen it second hand except for the linked sale.

Evan, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 17:16 (five years ago) Permalink

i found this in portland a few years back for about $50. it goes for up to a crazy (theoretical) $2500

http://www.discogs.com/sell/list?release_id=597528&ev=rb

stirmonster, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 17:53 (five years ago) Permalink

According to discogs sorting by median sale price, my top five are:

Charley Patton CD box set
Emerald Web - Dragon Wings and Wizard Tales
Cornelius Cardew - Memorial Concert
TVPs - And Don't the Kids Just Love It
Scott Walker - The Drift

By max sale price, it is:
Charley Patton
White Noise - Electric Storm
Maher Shalal Hash Baz - From a Summer to Another Summer...
David Bowie - Aladdin Sane [this is nuts - max sale £95, min sale £0.79, and yes, it says it's for the same pressing]
Emerald Web

emil.y, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 18:04 (five years ago) Permalink

I suppose the Bowie disparity could be someone who listed theirs as the wrong pressing, and a collector who somehow knew this?

emil.y, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 18:05 (five years ago) Permalink

i tried to sell that maher shalal double LP a while back, cuz i needed some cash and i hadn't listened to it in ages, and i only for $15 :(

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 18:06 (five years ago) Permalink

my first press on fondle 'em of operation doomsday by mf doom used to go for a lot but it's been reissued a few times now

farte blanche (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 18:06 (five years ago) Permalink

You get a double boo: one for selling, as I love that album a hell of a lot, and one for it not making much for you. Lowest list price on discogs is almost £30, which would be, what, about $45?

emil.y, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 18:08 (five years ago) Permalink

xpost

emil.y, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 18:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Probably my 1st ed. King Crimson Great Deceiver box set. Most profitable item I actually ever sold was a Japanese Frank Zappa "Cucamonga Years" CD -- found it at Amoeba Berkeley for $9, sold for $100.

Death Grits 2 (WmC), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 18:12 (five years ago) Permalink

wow original Plaster Falling is impressive!

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 18:12 (five years ago) Permalink

probably this :

http://www.discogs.com/sell/list?release_id=609733&ev=rb

mint/sealed

also, there was a time that a lot of the FAX golden era cds ('94) were very collectable, but no idea now ..

mark e, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 18:19 (five years ago) Permalink

i have a horrible feeling i chucked that twin freaks record out. it was a promo copy too.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 18:21 (five years ago) Permalink

I found this in a dollar bin some years ago

https://www.discogs.com/Nina-Nastasia-Dogs/release/946106

Evan, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 05:26 (three months ago) Permalink

i didn't realize my copy of dorothy ashby's Afro-Harping was worth so much! it's in really nice shape, with the original inner sleeve (an ad for other cadet recordings). got it for $15 or so

obviously DLC (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 06:24 (three months ago) Permalink

fabulous record! i only have the most recent reissue but even that is creeping up in value

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 07:07 (three months ago) Permalink

i have three copies of this in mint/unplayed condition :

https://www.discogs.com/sell/release/1643404?ev=rb

other than that, the answer is still the same as what I posted 5 years ago re Twin Freaks - still mint/sealed.

mark e, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 08:45 (three months ago) Permalink

I've been reading this thread and cursing myself for buying CDs in preference to vinyl as people list LPs of things I own on worthless CD, but now there's CD talk and I still don't have any of them

also have a few things which were at one point worth maybe £30 because they were OOP and have now been reissued so I don't dare see what they're worth now - prob not much, I doubt I have anything with much of a market for a particular pressing

(should also have sold the Strokes' first single back when people still liked the Strokes. damn, had that Fall Peel sessions CD set for £20 in my hands on my way to the checkout once and then thought "I have too much Fall stuff and shouldn't spend £20 on any more" and put it back)

a passing spacecadet, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 09:41 (three months ago) Permalink

I have two of the metal case Autechre Quaristice 2cds, I think they change hands for solid money these days. Can’t bring myself to part tho.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 09:57 (three months ago) Permalink

I still believe that the cd format will make a return on the second hand market, once people with their recently expanded vinyl collections have to move house, and/or, spotify et al start dropping label catalogues due to licencing problems.
so, despite the fact I have an insane cd collection hidden throughout the house, I aint filling my local charity shops just yet.

mark e, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:25 (three months ago) Permalink

I agree with that (also as people who have a sentimental attachment to CDs hit the middle aged with cash to spend on collections phase (usual caveats about economic collapse notwithstanding).

Tim, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 11:37 (three months ago) Permalink

Someone needs to build a transparent CD player so the mechanics (and the cool laser and iridescent disc) are on display the way they are on a turntable.

My clear-vinyl Blackstar is still fetching a couple hundred on ebay but I wonder how long that will last.

dinnerboat, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 14:02 (three months ago) Permalink

I found an unplayed copy of this for £1 in a charity shop a few years ago. Move D played it in a Boiler Room and a DJ Koze on a DJ mix hence the inflated price.

https://www.discogs.com/Mono-Easydance-EP/release/4118912

mmmm, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 14:30 (three months ago) Permalink

I've a few things on vinyl that discogs have on sale for £150-£200ish: the highest lowest-listed-price I have seen is the first Braintax EP at £199 I think the highest actually-sold-for is probably the first McCarthy single at £150.

CDs are more interesting, though - there are random things that hang about near the back of piles of CDs that seem to have unexpected value but without plugging the whole collection into discogs it's more or less impossible to guess what. For example, this no-account dub CD I will have picked up for pennies years ago, and which now seems to have sold for upwards of £30. Not riches by any means but way more than I'd have guessed: https://www.discogs.com/Skin-Flesh-Bones-Dub-In-Blood-Vol-2/release/2285877

Tim, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 15:19 (three months ago) Permalink

Or this, currently available at £60: https://www.discogs.com/Various-Fast-Product-Rigour-Discipline-Disgust/release/1488211 (it's a comp of Fast Records stuff plus a bit of Pop: Aural IIRC and I assume it has been long unavailable while I haven't been paying attention).

Tim, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 15:40 (three months ago) Permalink

I do OK selling my 90s techno/house cd's on Discogs. Just sold two Larry Heard albums for around $80. I'm more than ok parting with the stuff as soon as I digitize it. The older I'm getting the less physical media I want around me - though my love of books will prob never disappear.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 15:44 (three months ago) Permalink

I did have that Twin Freaks promo CD.

I won't say what it went for on ebay, you'll cry.

I did find another one about 6 months later, that went for £200 but.

Mark G, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:12 (three months ago) Permalink

This is worth quite a bit but then it was pretty expensive to begin with so I don't think it really counts:

https://www.discogs.com/Dead-Can-Dance-DCD-Europe-2005/release/4096348

com rad erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:17 (three months ago) Permalink

Whoa - take that, Bob Dylan

Mark G, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:21 (three months ago) Permalink

holy moly

sleeve, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:27 (three months ago) Permalink

Animal Crack Box - Animal Collective. 3 LP boxset of live / demo / vault material from 2000 to 2003. I was in high school when it came out in 2009 and didn't have any money so I listened to a rip for years. Finally found a new copy on eBay about a year a half ago, I think it was $150. most expensive record I own by a considerable margin.

― flappy bird, Monday, May 14, 2018 10:08 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'll come out and say I was one of those bastards that ordered it just to sell it again thrice the value a week later. Peak AC/Hipster Runoff days, I couldn't resist. The very first ones went for nearly $ 1000 iirc.

― lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, May 14, 2018 5:29 PM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lmao honestly, respect. I might've done the same. $1,000???? so wild. yeah I feel good about getting a new copy for $150, not that bad for a 3xLP limited edition boxset.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:35 (three months ago) Permalink

At the time I thought it was funny that instead of a live album from the tour, they were like... nah, here's the entire tour.

xpost

com rad erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:39 (three months ago) Permalink

speaking of AC, I had this original St Ives pressing once

http://www.discogs.com/Avey-Tare-Panda-Bear-Geologist-Hollinndagain/release/850651

Thought when I sold it for $60 I was getting one over on someone

Ditto this Upholsterers single, which I sold for like $50 when I thought White Stripes mania was at its peak. Now it's a rent payment.

http://www.discogs.com/The-Upholsterers-Makers-Of-High-Grade-Suites/master/375593

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 20:13 (three months ago) Permalink

Things You Shouldn't Have Sold should be a thread

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 20:14 (three months ago) Permalink

I gave my Sub Pop 200 box to a friend and that goes for £100+ these days

chant down basildon (NickB), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 20:31 (three months ago) Permalink

Also I surreptitiously “borrowed” my dad’s Vertigo swirl Gentle Giant s/t off him when I was a teenager and then sold that for a few pounds when I needed to pay for something or other. He never listened to and didn’t really care tbh, but shit, that’s worth a few quid now

chant down basildon (NickB), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 20:42 (three months ago) Permalink

xxp

records roommates have stolen and you can’t afford to replace.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 20:43 (three months ago) Permalink

I remember seeing a copy of that Upholsterers 7'' at some point years ago in the record shop I worked in, before we used the internet for selling, I think. I have a strong memory of having it in my hands and recognising its significance at least somewhat, but could never remember what we did with it afterwards. I strongly suspect it could well still be stuck in one of the toppling piles or boxes of records in the office/backroom/upstairs somewhere.

brain (krakow), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 20:49 (three months ago) Permalink

xxp I have a Vertigo copy of Master of Reality, the box is a bit squashed but it is now worth a fair bit. Another gift, all the best stuff I have has been given to me!

Neil S, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 20:57 (three months ago) Permalink

Kinda regret selling my white vinyl of Bleach (1000 only) for £40 a long time ago, looks like it's worth £400+ now

MaresNest, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 22:54 (three months ago) Permalink

for a little while (like a day) I was very excited that the copy of Gary Walker and the Rain's album that I bought in London a few weeks ago was worth somewhere on the order of $1000 but then I realized it's a 90's era bootleg and not an original.

akm, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 23:41 (three months ago) Permalink

"My clear-vinyl Blackstar is still fetching a couple hundred on ebay but I wonder how long that will last." really? I've had mine on discogs for ages and no bites. I'd certainly sell it for anything over $250. I'm not attached to the novelty of that one bit.

akm, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 23:43 (three months ago) Permalink

How does one determine if an LP with a pressing error is worth anything? I have a German pressing of David Bowie's "Low" that has "My Bloody Valentine - Loveless" misprinted on the spine.

I'm sorry. . . you have WHAT?!

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 23:53 (three months ago) Permalink

Guessing that is a pirate/counterfeit copy

sleeve, Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:12 (three months ago) Permalink

Could be. I don’t have it handy but I picked it up in a used bin.

Chris L, Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:49 (three months ago) Permalink

Hilariously I once sold the 2-track Cocteau Twins Christmas novelty CD single for over $100 - maybe $120? I think the tracks later ended up on the EPs collection.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Thursday, 17 May 2018 01:25 (three months ago) Permalink

I have a promo copy of that Cocteaus CD single somewhere, I used to work occasionally with a record company marketing guy who dealt with them during the Fontana records era, when I expressed an interest he rolled his eyes and said 'oh, you don't like all that backwards shite do you?'.

MaresNest, Thursday, 17 May 2018 10:07 (three months ago) Permalink

This is my other very pricey one: The Anteeeks - I Don't Want You, an excellent freakbeat 45 from 1966, now with a median of GBP 264.58. My parents had a party in 1966, and their guests brought them records. This was one of them. I've loved it pretty much all my life, and I'd only sell it if I was starving.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 17 May 2018 10:33 (three months ago) Permalink

Oh, mine like that is The Flies "I'm not your stepping stone".

I got it at a jumble sale, 30p, I nearly passed on it thinking it would be a fairly lame version of the Monkees tune. Put it on and WHOA!!

Mark G, Thursday, 17 May 2018 14:25 (three months ago) Permalink

"My clear-vinyl Blackstar is still fetching a couple hundred on ebay but I wonder how long that will last." really? I've had mine on discogs for ages and no bites. I'd certainly sell it for anything over $250. I'm not attached to the novelty of that one bit.

Yeah, that was just based on asking price; I don't actually know what people are paying for it in the real world.

dinnerboat, Thursday, 17 May 2018 14:52 (three months ago) Permalink

Well, discogs does give you what they sell for..

Mark G, Thursday, 17 May 2018 14:56 (three months ago) Permalink

Just looked - it's sold for around £200 consistently, monthly or so, but not since March.

Mark G, Thursday, 17 May 2018 15:06 (three months ago) Permalink

Probably shangri las Lp or Johnny cash box

Depressed and impressed (Ross), Thursday, 17 May 2018 15:10 (three months ago) Permalink

In terms of single CD, I have the limited "Koko" by Keiji Haino, that sells for $80 for one track

Duke, Thursday, 17 May 2018 19:25 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

had an absolute dream find yesterday morning. found a first press johanna martzy / schubert sonatas on columbia. mine has a slightly battered cover but this is what it's gone for on ebay in the last couple of months..

https://image.ibb.co/fbVgho/Capture.jpg

William Thinkpiece Hackery (NickB), Monday, 4 June 2018 09:39 (two months ago) Permalink

I am guessing that sounds really really good?

niels, Monday, 4 June 2018 09:42 (two months ago) Permalink

it's pretty sweet! nice clean vinyl too

William Thinkpiece Hackery (NickB), Monday, 4 June 2018 09:44 (two months ago) Permalink

i paid 50p for it btw. it was right at the front of a stack of about 800 records at a carboot sale and then i spent the next half hour digging through the rest like a fucking madman, hoping that none of the local dealers showed up before i got through them all. there were a few other nice bits but that one - aiiieeeee....

William Thinkpiece Hackery (NickB), Monday, 4 June 2018 09:45 (two months ago) Permalink

how do you know what to look out for in terms of classical records Nick? I got a copy of this the other day which was pleasing but hardly in the same league!

Neil S, Monday, 4 June 2018 09:54 (two months ago) Permalink

it's pretty straightforward with classical once you've figured out the basics tbh. it's a lot like jazz but without all the quirky independent labels to worry about (obv not many indies could finance orchestral recordings) - it's primarily about specific collectible labels and then within that it's about specific instruments, but instead of blue note/verve/impulse/prestige, you have decca/hmv/emi/columbia, and instead of sax players you have violinists and to some extent cellists. after that you're looking primarily for early stereo pressings from the sixties - the labels for the early pressings are fairly distinctive, so once you know those you're golden. monos aren't worth shit if a stereo version was also available, but the martzy is a fifties record from before the stereo era and she's one of a handful of earlier violinists who are kind of fetishised by collectors (see also ida haendel, nathan milstein, ruggiero ricci, ginette neveu). do an ebay search of sold classical records and then sort by value and you'll see what i mean. good thing about classical record hunting is that there isn't as much competition and a lot of the most valuable things were made in the uk but highly in demand on the other side of the planet. this is all purely from a valuation POV though, and mostly i just buy classical records that i think i'll enjoy listening to or that have nice artwork (there are some really lovely looking old records out there!).

William Thinkpiece Hackery (NickB), Monday, 4 June 2018 10:41 (two months ago) Permalink

thanks Nick, that's really helpful advice, I will bear it in mind when I am next doing a charity shop run! And yes I agree about buying things because you're actually interested in the music being an important principle- I bought the Stravinsky record above mainly because it's a wonderful piece of music.

Neil S, Monday, 4 June 2018 10:46 (two months ago) Permalink

no problem!

William Thinkpiece Hackery (NickB), Monday, 4 June 2018 11:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh another thing that can have an effect on the value is appearing on something called the TAS list - some audiophile guy made a list of supposedly the best sounding records across all genres, but there’s a lot of classical on there and it seems to be a real marker of quality for some collectors

William Thinkpiece Hackery (NickB), Monday, 4 June 2018 11:21 (two months ago) Permalink


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