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This article seems less about a "trend" than about a few rich guys who are buying up quantity over 
quality so they can show off massive rooms of stuff to each other. I guess it's always been thus (be 
it wine cellars, 20-car garages or rooms of LP shelves), but this "trend" is more about accumulating 
than collecting. The very idea of buying 2 copies of "every important rock album" is an accumulation 
process.

The Atlantic Records guy has been profiled elsewhere. He seems like a decent guy who really loves 
music.

Between the in-house vinyl-reissue operations at the record companies, Chad Kassim's vinyl empire, 
the revived Mobile Fidelity and other smaller players, pretty much "every important rock album" has 
been newly reissued, often with better physical and sonic quality than the original record. More and 
more so, the same is true for jazz from the stereo era. And there are many, many classical titles 
now out on reissue vinyl. My point is, except for true rarities that are likely to be of cultural 
value decades from now, I think the alleged "collector market" for first-issue vinyl is a big 
bubble.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Sam" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:25 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] WSJ on "High end record collectors"


> Two bits worth of trivia: John Varvatos, mentioned in the article, now has
> a retail store where CBGB's once stood.
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> On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 5:21 AM, Sam Brylawski <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
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>> The Wall Street Journal is running an article on rare rock collectors. It
>> estimates annual sales of rare records is $10 million. (Art: $10 billion.)
>>
>> http://tinyurl.com/m88ogw2
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>> Sam Brylawski
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