[78-L] Some math; was Kurt Nauck's Auctions.

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Mon May 9 11:42:57 PDT 2011

On 5/9/2011 2:35 PM, J. E. Knox wrote:
> Greetings from FixitLand!
> Steven C. Barr wrote:
>> ...what I want.need is one each copy of EVERY
>> non-classical 78 ever issued...! Simple...right? Except it would seem
>> to necessitate acquiring around 2,000,000 78's...of which I now own
>> about 3.5%...!
> OKeh...some math:
> You own, by your estimation, about 3.5 percent of an estimated 2
> million 78s, which means you wish to acquire about 1,930,000 records
> in order to achieve your goal. With each of those 1,930,000 records
> playing an average of three minutes each side (not counting the time
> necessary to place the disc on and remove it from the turntable,
> place the tone arm on and remove it from the record, and all that
> sort of thing), it will require approximately 11,580,000 minutes of
> playing time to audition all these recordings. To account for the
> fact that some of these records are single-face, let's say 9,600,000
> minutes for expediency (don't ask why I chose that figure). That's
> 160,000 hours. Presuming a maximum of eight hours per day devoted to
> playing these records (which would be pretty intensive listening! --
> and you would need the time necessary to acquire the records, not to
> mention the usual business of daily living), that's 20,000 days, or
> approximately 54.757 years. Are you sure you'd live long enough to
> enjoy all those records?<grin>
> Take care,
> Joe
> --
> "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and
> cats."--Albert Schweitzer

He can just do a quick needle drop on the Ken Griffins. That alone should shave 
20 years off the total.


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