Great story and a nice way to pay it forward.
I recently did a mini cull and gave about 60 albums to a friend in need so she could raise a little cash on her garage sale.
Win,win,win I would say.
That's for you ,but the dealer made out like a bandit, they always do...6 years ago I got rid of 1200 albums for 1500.i started collecting in the mid 60s but even as a teenager I took care of my albums.Then in 1973 I got disc washer brush and started cleaning them.There was even some product that said spray them and it will put a protective seal on them.i bought quite a bit of it .I was happy to get a buck a album...Well this dealer made out like crazy.i had alot of rare 60-70 albums.i had like a few thousand cds,r to r,and cassettes to keep me happy....But then I started buying albums again ,new turntable and now I have over 700 God help me...But mostly Foreign, and bought alot of lots which brought me alot of clean different groups...One lot was 100 foreign the guy bought while in arm forces took them home and taped them only played once .Another lot of 300 was crazy to her father in law kept these in mint ,still in plastic .She wanted a buck an album....then she called me when she moved and gave me the rest ,crazy.So you never know .Sometimes you lose ,other times you get rewarded.
The ones that don’t pass my audio/visual test, are put in their jackets,,and cracked in half and put in trash.
I have my prime selection, and the possibly still -playable. I have 3 turntables- the bottom pile of albums go on the Akai 206c with a cheap cartridge. It’s accompanied by an older system -A Robertson 4010, an AGI Model 511 preamp, and a pair of Dyn 42 SEs.I sometimes sit and get as much enjoyment from this system as the better system in another room. Sometimes it’s just about the music.Of further note, the turntable, preamp, and power amp are of a similar vintage as most of my lps. Please avoid the landfill
I donate them to charity,sealed doubles with value I sell,albums recorded really bad I donate.
I had that same AGI 511 preamp for several years in the late 70's and early 80's. Had a Quad 405 amp that I kept for 28 years, many of which I had the Mod Squad--Steve McCormick, do their thing. That mod was twice what the 405 cost, but sounded very good in those days. Entirely reliable, too. Had Allison One speakers that my former roommate and good friend in college bought from me and still uses today.
Thanks for the memories.
Still, a nice phono stage and it's a system I've had, apart from the speakers, for at least 40 years. I hardly ever sell or trade anything I take a liking to as my garage demonstrates. Can't ever remember parking my car in it.
With my Sweetvinyl Sugarcube, I never have to give up an LP that I like, no more pops and clicks. After 15 years of digitizing my LPs, I have culled the doubles and the records I don't like for the music, not the quality of the vinyl. I bring them to the annual swap meet at my local Audio society and sell them for a buck apiece, 6 for $5.
Funny story... When I first got back into vinyl, I brought my unwanted LPs (Barbara Striesand, anyone?) to a local record show and tried to sell them to the venders. I ended up offering them to one vender for free. He replied, "Can you carry them to my truck?" 😋
I have some very old albums that are not in the best shape and I have some very new albums which are not great pressings. Whether I keep them or not depends on how much I like the music.
"The ones that don’t pass my audio/visual test, are put in their jackets,,and cracked in half and put in trash."
You break them in half because it makes your blood boil to have someone come upon - and benefit - from those lps which you worked so hard to get.
You're resentful of another's good fortune.
This filthy practice reminds me of a scene in Zweig's "Vinyl" documentary:
A collector of punk has to move to a tiny ,cramped apt. and there is no room for his formidable record collection.
He cannot sell to a used record store cos its the '80s and records are deemed worthless.
And he is unwilling to simply give them away - likely some novice will luck-out and the collection that took years to amass will go to some snot-nose.
He HAS to throw them out. But because he is resentful of another's luck, instead of putting up a "free records" sign or ad, he goes to the bother of
locating a alley where there is a bin and ,making sure there is no one about, he dumps his boxes of vinyl.
He admits that he dumped 2000 lps in a dumpster so that they would "ever
belong only to me."
After the disheartened fellow has gone, Zweig keeps his hidden camera running. Sure enough ,in next to no time, a black guy hops into the bin and ,with a wide grin, proceeds to load-up.
Some I take back to my monthly record show to where I originally bought it, give it back to the seller, say I don't wanna throw this out, I don't expect anything but if you want to give me a little purchase credit .. that gets me a bit off that days purchase.
Also put a stack near the show entrance with a 'Free' stickie on it. Unfortunatly sometimes I see one of the vendors re-selling them, othertimes just regular collectors grab some.. Mostly this is just stuff I took a chance on and didn't pay much for.
- "I have some very old albums that are not in the best shape and I have some very new albums which are not great pressings. Whether I keep them or not depends on how much I like the music."
I can relate. My collection consists of thousands of LPs that I have been collecting since high school. There are tons of them that I purchased at thrift stores and garage sales for almost nothing. The ones with the good music on them, even though they aren't in pristine condition by any means, are staying in the collection.
Take the old Jazztone Society records for instance. I love those. I mean, where can you get original stuff by Chu Berry, Lester Young, and Jackie and Roy these days without spending a fortune?
You're right ... it is all about the music.