This is a reason why I always very carefully study records I buy in used-vinyl stores. A lot of
times, the records come from massive collections bought in bulk from the heirs of a dead hoarder.
There are a couple of stores where they have albums laid out on shelves instead of bins, which makes
it easy to pick all copies of a particular title. I then mix and match best vinyl with best sleeve.
I learned this trick from an old decades-running collector. That store in Pittsburgh with the R.
Crumb T-shirts was a prime example of having to look at every detail of every platter and sleeve,
carefully, before buying. They had masses of dreck mixed in with a few nuggets. A contrast to that
is the store I visit occasionally in CT, where the guy is strict about only putting excellent to
mint platters in the bins, and everything else in the $1 and $5 piles. I know to avoid those piles
in that store, and know that I can count on the quality of whatever I buy out of the bins. In
general, the only reason I'd buy a dollar-bin record is if the cover is irresistable. I'm a sucker
for great cover art.
The guy with the piles of Beatles records with the leaky roof and sagging ceiling may live long
enough to see the entire pile of vinyl rendered worthless. But, the act of self-generated collapse
that causes that, may kill him.
- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Corey Bailey" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016 10:42 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] hoarding vinyl in the UK
>I noticed from the photos of the hoarders, and others I have seen, that the hoarders don't seem
>interested in properly storing their LP's.
> Imagine the weight being borne by the albums in the bottom of the pile!
> Corey Bailey
> On 2/11/2016 5:07 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> I found this article very interesting. Thanks for sharing. I liked that the writer didn't take
>> the typical tack of seeming to be shocked, outraged or standing in judgement of the hoarder, but
>> rather asked intelligent questions to get at their personalities and self-logic. I can't
>> understand how one can enjoy a massive pile of stuff that overwhelms one's home and life, but
>> these guys are harmless and inoffensive, so I say live and let live.
>> -- Tom Fine
>> who admits to having too much stuff, but I know where it is and can dig it out on short notice to
>> enjoy it.
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Eric Cartier" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 6:49 PM
>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] hoarding vinyl in the UK
>>> Hi all,
>>> Here's a NOISEY UK interview with three serious record collectors:
>>> I hope Brian's ceiling stays intact!
>>> Best regards,