I've done work on some of these formats and done appraisals on similar ones.
There are no hard-and-fast rules. The principles outlined in the various
IRS publications apply as well as common sense.
The most important thing to bear in mind when considering items such as
these is that they are to be priced at their fair market value as defined in
those publications. At a minimum, that meas at least one other person would
have to be competing for thesel, at least theoretically and, much better, in
Very few institutionally funded archives are directly active on ebay, so it
is by no means the only data source.
----- Original Message -----
From: "David S Sager" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Appraisal of Sound Recordings
> Some random thoughts, all hypothetical, except one:
> A signifcant collection of Memovox discs or other obsolete "modern"
> Or perhaps these rolls resembling filmstrips with the single groove in
> the center. The Library has a tub of Marine War Front recordings on
> these I believe.
> Dean Benedetti's wire collection of Charlie Parker solos.
> or maybe a large collection of music on 16rpm discs.
> >>> [log in to unmask] 3/2/2004 4:45:51 PM >>>
> Can you be more specific?
> Steve Smolian
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "David S Sager" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 2:33 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Appraisal of Sound Recordings
> > I'd like to initiate a thread about appraisal of sound recordings.
> > know that there are many price guides out there, but there must be
> > more substantial benchmark to go by. What are the tools needed. I
> > suppose an extraordinary knowledge of all recorded media and the
> > of market prices for any and all. But what does one do when
> > with something that has never been sold before? No known precedent?
> > Any takers?
> > DS
> > >>> [log in to unmask] 3/2/2004 1:48:00 PM >>>
> > We had talked about this project at some length but I have not
> > from
> > you recently. Have you worked out what you plan to do?
> > Steve Smolian
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Steve Weiss" <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Friday, January 30, 2004 12:13 PM
> > Subject: [ARSCLIST] Appraisal of Sound Recordings
> > > I seek advice from those on the list who are invoved in appraising
> > sound
> > > recordings. It concerns buying collections and "market" prices for
> > > original interviews. Please contact me off list at
> > [log in to unmask]
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > >
> > > Steve Weiss
> > > Director, Southern Folklife Collection