A collection may have a better chance of selling if it is unusual or of
interest to some University or archive. My collection was all of one
artist, Vernon Dalhart. Once I reached my 80s I started checking and
discovered a couple of universities that had an interest in my collection.
However, once some of my collector friends discovered I was thinking of
disposing of my collection they bought it. I sold it as I was no longer to
give it the attention it required. But I still enjoy checking the mail
order and internet auctions and occasional still find a new - to me -
Dalhart record. I send them on to the new owners Jack
----- Original Message -----
From: "Karl Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 11:43 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Virgin Sacrifice
--- On Wed, 6/17/09, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
***Since we can't take either one with us, it might be more merciful on
those we leave behind to leave a single computer drive and iPod vs. a house
of moldy things to be disposed of. On the other hand, if it's a house full
of minty Black Pattys, Shaded Dogs and McIntosh amplifiers, perhaps the
survivors will forgive the clutter as the cash rolls in from selling it! But
this isn't usually the case. I think there are guys on this list who
appraise giant piles of shellac and vinyl all the time and will report how
worthless many acres of this stuff is, so mainly it's a burden on those left
behind unless they share the love of the stuff or own a carting business.
Tom, your words have great meaning for me. I hope to retire soon and we are
thinking that it might be a good idea to downsize and sell the house.
Indeed, I wish it were all on a computer drive. Many of my friends who are
collectors are reaching the age of retirement. None of us really have any
sense of what to do with the stuff. How much can you revisit when you might
have ten or twenty years, at best, left? While collecting can be an end unto
itself, I find that as I age, that rationale has less meaning.
Sadly, so few libraries are interested in recordings. So indeed, what do you
do with the stuff. You certainly don't want to leave it for those who remain
to dispose of it. I just hope that I live long enough to get rid of it all.