I remember Meltzer fairly well, though I visited his shop only a few times.
I recall him as a very knowledgeable (about records) but crotchety person.
One time, I looked through a pile of 78's of Fritz Kreisler, but selected
quite rare disc to buy. He grabbed it out of my hand, saying that, if that's
one I wanted to buy, he wouldn't sell it to me.
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> Many years ago (40 years or so) I visited his shop. I asked if he had a
> particular 78 with Titta Ruffo. Unfortunately, I couldn't remember the
> of the song or the composer. He asked if could sing it. I hummed a rough
> approximation of it. His eyes lit up. He went directly over to a shelf,
> reached out and grabbed a copy. I was most impressed. Thereafter I visited
> his shop many times. He had a wonderful memory.
> --Kevin Mostyn
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> Cary, this is a great concept (at least for those of us in this flock).
> Do you or anyone else on the list remember the Merit Music Shop on West 46
> street in Manhattan? I think that the proprietor's name was Jack Meltzer.
> He had two hunched over elderly chaps working there: they might have been
> around as adults for the dedication of NYC's subway system in 1904.
> I was there one day when people from the NYS dept of labor came in &
> him for paying the guys less than minimum wage since the Spanish American
> War (slight exaggeration). Analogous to a 'perp walk' they made it very
> clear to the patrons there what was going on.
> Jack (if I have the name correct) had a database memory for 78 catalog #s,
> but only for Victors. You could browse to any page in any of their
> (up to some year), give him the title & artist & he'd correctly tell you
> catalog #! I don't know or remember if he knew which side, nor do I know
> if he had the same 'talent' for set #s.
> Art (Shiffy) Shifrin