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linked in with cheryl pawelski, record producer and collector

I WAS INVITED by a young mu­si­cian in Eng­land to make a con­nec­tion on the LinkedIn, the “world’s largest pro­fes­sional net­work.” Of course I ac­cepted it, de­spite the fact that I have yet to meet anyone who has ac­tu­ally ben­e­fited pro­fes­sion­ally from any of these LinkedIn con­nec­tions. Nonethe­less, I cer­tainly don’t know everyone on that net­work, so maybe I was missing some­thing. [Continue reading]

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on grading records for sale part 1: ‘still sealed’ and ‘mint’ are not the same thing

FRIEND WAS LEARNING THE ROPES of making money by selling other people’s ‘col­lec­tables’ by auc­tioning them on eBay. It’s his ex­pe­ri­ence that in­spired this ar­ticle, “Grading Records for Sale Part 1.” Let’s pre­tend his name is Luke. As the bulk of Luke’s con­sign­ments were from friends, it was a rea­son­ably re­laxed af­fair and no one was trying to pull the wool over the other’s eyes. [Continue reading]

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there’s the rub and it’s all taken care of with a sanford magic rub

THIS IS A TRUE STORY of the derrings-do that so often tran­spire in the swash­buck­ling (and often pi­rat­ical) world record col­lecting. And it’s an honest to Grom­mett true story be­cause Wholly Grom­mett does not like people leading people on with falsehoods—especially when it comes to records. Grom­mett is very, very con­cerned about the state of record col­lecting in the world today. [Continue reading]

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collectors collect to collect (because the collector wants what the collector wants)

FOR THOSE OF YOU with an in­terest in col­lecting, the Record Col­lec­tors Guild web­site is a forum ti­tled Ask Neal Umphred. Anyone can ask me any­thing and as I am often an ab­sentee land­lord, others may an­swer the ques­tion in my stead. A few days ago, I was asked a ques­tion by a Guild member who wheels and deals records out of Mexico:

“Neal, could you ex­plain why anyone would want a ‘rare’ Mex­ican pressing of a less-than-mediocre Dylan record? [Continue reading]