[78-L] Age of Collectors (WAS Kurt Nauck's Auctions)

Steven C. Barr stevenc at interlinks.net
Tue May 10 20:23:34 PDT 2011

From: "David Lennick" <dlennick at sympatico.ca>
> If you find out, let me know! I haven't bought a 78 in Toronto in an 
> actual
> store in decades. Don Keele (mentioned by Steve Barr) still sells to 
> private
> customers, and is glad to meet them, at his "office" (his ex-wife's 
> garage) in > the west end, and is available there usually once a week..I'm 
> seeing him
> tomorrow, in fact.
> I found 78s at a Sally Ann in Scarborough a couple of years ago and they 
> were
> two bucks apiece. Nothing even worth breathing the dust for. I do much 
> better
> in Buffalo and Rochester, and even then it's hit or miss..yom assal, yom
> bassal. (Jamie Farr taught me how to pronounce that correctly..emphasis on 
> the
> first syllable in each case.)
> I have seen (and bought) maybe 20-25 78's at local thrift stores
here in Oshawa, Ont'o. Last bunch was just before Christmas...three
VERY miscellaneous, albeit Christmas-related, in the album for four
Bing Crosby Christmas discs!

Oddest tale...a local "indie" thrift store had a handful of A-* Columbias
priced at $10 each. I asked at the front counter if that was their actual
price...and was told, "Yes, these are over 100 years old (they weren't,
though close...?!) and are rare and valuable antiques!" I refrained
from telling the lady that I had THOUSANDS of the dommed things
(I didn't have one of the Columbias they were selling...but didn't want it 
enough to pay $10 for it...?!)

I generally buy any 78's they offer...if only because I know that they
will be broken in short order...!

Steven C. Barr 

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