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Thousands (!) and thousands and thousands of old 45s on eBay. (More)
posted by growabrain (21 comments total)
Somebody please create a mirror, before the links goes dead
posted by growabrain at 2:19 AM on July 19, 2005

oh god.. I wish that was my basement...
posted by dabitch at 2:23 AM on July 19, 2005

45s suck. 78 is where it's at.
posted by srboisvert at 2:24 AM on July 19, 2005

Yeah, I saw this a few weeks ago. The problem is that most of them are worthless and a good chunk are probably damaged beyond play, the way they were stored. An archivist like the Smithsonian might make good use of some of them, however.
posted by Rothko at 2:51 AM on July 19, 2005

Wow, I wouldn't mind rummaging through those for a while, though buying them all is a little out of my league.

This is interesting though:
It's very tempting to win the bid, rummage through them and take them all away by truck and then bring them back the next day. Even if he won't pay for the truck, the idea of returning something on that scale for a refund is wicked enough to make it worthwhile.
posted by fvw at 2:51 AM on July 19, 2005

Fuck me. If I had money to burn, I'd build a bloody extension to house them in.
posted by Jimbob at 3:15 AM on July 19, 2005

And who among us knew that Martian Hop came with a picture sleeve?

I certainly didn't.
posted by alumshubby at 3:52 AM on July 19, 2005

Q: Hi, do you know if you have any Skrewdriver records in there, and if yes could you sell separately? Thanks

A: I won't sell anything separately and I doubt that I have any Skrewdriver records.
posted by Mayor Curley at 4:01 AM on July 19, 2005

if it wont play in my ipod it aint any use to me

plus those pictures should be stamped "how not to store records"

still, $9k sounds about right
posted by tsarfan at 4:09 AM on July 19, 2005

Think of the amount of music in there. Someone could have a great retirement listening to a couple of those each day, it would make a great blog writing up a few obscure 45 reviews daily. $9,000 isn't a lot for what someone estimated was at least 32,000 records. You could spend a year looking through those, sell the cream, and recoup your money. Then have fun with the rest.
posted by fire&wings at 4:49 AM on July 19, 2005

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this Country Wall!"
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:57 AM on July 19, 2005

That is a lot of records. I have quite a bit of music, but I wonder if this guy was actually able to listen to these, or if they were just a kind of investment.
posted by OmieWise at 6:46 AM on July 19, 2005

That is a lot of records. I have quite a bit of music, but I wonder if this guy was actually able to listen to these, or if they were just a kind of investment.
posted by OmieWise at 8:46 AM CST on July 19 [!]

From the description I get the impression it became somewhat of a compulsion.

He said some of the boxes were not even searched (probably bought in bulk) so I'm fairly sure few were ever listened to by him.

32,000 records, times 3.5 minutes per song, times 2 sides, equals 224,000 minutes of music equals 3,733 hours of music. I wonder how many duplicates are in there?
posted by Ynoxas at 7:37 AM on July 19, 2005

I'm with you srboisvert , alert me when Joe Bussard pulls something like this.
posted by mrs.pants at 11:02 AM on July 19, 2005

This man must be my father's twin.

My dad has a near identical compulsion to collect CDs, Postcards, metal model buildings, books, and (once upon a time) records. He has hundreds to thousands of each of these items. Last time I went to visit him, a package of CDs arrived that he ordered online. "They were really cheap, so I picked up a few" he explained. "How many is a few?" "17"

Thank God he's living on the west coast and couldn't possibly get to Greenwich. If this man with the eBay listing has any significant other or children, I feel for them.

In a few years, I expect I will have to make eBay listings like this for my old man's stuff as well.
posted by piratebowling at 11:03 AM on July 19, 2005

If these were recorded in .mp3 format at about the quality of an audio CD, say, 96k, I wonder how many megabytes of storage they'd total.

Even better, imagine shoutcasting all of these as one stream. (Even the Martian Hop one.)
posted by alumshubby at 12:29 PM on July 19, 2005

This makes both the pack rat and the music nut in me drool.
posted by corianderstem at 1:47 PM on July 19, 2005

I know not of this old technology but here is an article that maybe of interest to you record people

Rip an LP With Your... Scanner?
posted by tke248 at 2:12 PM on July 19, 2005

The questions at the bottom are interesting, there are three more pages of them to click through. There was also a NYTimes article about this, but it's passed into the paid archives.
posted by smackfu at 5:02 PM on July 19, 2005

I really miss 45s.
posted by amberglow at 5:06 PM on July 19, 2005

This is the great thing about the internet. I mean, in my own small way, I collect vinyl - - but what the internet teaches us is that no matter how far Out There you think you are, it's easy to find people who are Further Out There.
posted by AsYouKnow Bob at 10:52 PM on July 19, 2005

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