[78-L] Price $7.00 for Single Sided 12" 1912 Victrola Record?
saag at telia.com
Sat Jun 4 13:19:19 PDT 2011
The pre-WW 1 years were probably the most expensive ones for, at least,
buyers of operatic records. This was the time when record companies
could charge 30 % more than regular price for a duet and almost the
double for a quartet. Gelatt describes this in his "The Fabulous
Phonograph", and, indeed, mentions that Victor, by 1908, charged 7
dollars for the "Lucia Sextet" (which was recorded in February 1908, not
BTW: Gelatt also quotes a statement from Victor (to the dealers), which
well explains the company's price policy:
"Do not underestimate the value of the Sextet as an advertising medium.
This feature of the record is very much more valuable to the average
dealer than the actual profit he may make of its sales. Not all of your
customers can afford to purchase a 7 dollar record, but the mere
announcement of it will bring them to your store as a magnet attracts
Taylor Bowie wrote 2011-06-04 21:54:
> Someone (maybe it was Ray Bryant or his sister, Marie) once told me that
> those printed prices on the old Red Seals really didn't indicate what they
> were selling for when new...also that many were included as bonuses when
> someone purchased an expensive machine.
> Over the years I've seen so many of the damn things which have printed
> prices of 3-5 dollars that I'm inclined to believe the story.
> Does anyone know the true facts about how they were sold/distributed back
> then, and if they did indeed sell many at those ambitious printed prices?
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mike Daley"<mikedaley at gmail.com>
> To: "78-L Mail List"<78-l at klickitat.78online.com>
> Sent: Saturday, June 04, 2011 12:46 PM
> Subject: Re: [78-L] Price $7.00 for Single Sided 12" 1912 Victrola Record?
>> According to http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/ $7.00 in 1913 would be
>> worth $159.02 today.
>> On Sat, Jun 4, 2011 at 3:38 PM,<78records at cdbpdx.com> wrote:
>>> I was digging through some old classical 78s and found a 12 inch single
>>> sided red label Victrola Record (# 96200) dating c.1912 or so with a
>>> on the label of $7.00. That has to be equivalent to $300-$400 or more
>>> today. There couldn't have been many of those sold. It seems only 2 of
>>> this variety were released. Not too surprising.
>>> You can view the label here:
>>> I have 2 questions:
>>> Isn't that just about the most expensive recording ever sold in a retail
>>> setting, relatively speaking?
>>> What were they thinking??
>>> Thanks! CDB
>>> 78-L mailing list
>>> 78-L at klickitat.78online.com
>> 78-L mailing list
>> 78-L at klickitat.78online.com
> 78-L mailing list
> 78-L at klickitat.78online.com
> __________ NOD32 6180 (20110604) Information __________
> This message was checked by NOD32 antivirus system.
More information about the 78-L