I get lots of e-mail from people all around the world. Most of them ask me questions about a pile of 78s that they got from a relative or friend or found in their attic.
And the number one question is: What are they worth? Followed by: How do you get the music transferred to your computer?
On this page I hope I can give answers on the most Frequently Asked Questions.
Question: What are my 78 rpm records worth? Answer:
This is a very difficult question. People think that, because 78s are old, they are antique and therefore valuable. What one forgets is that these records were manufactured over decades in quantities of hundreds of millions around the world.
The records people offer me are mostly top hits from the forties and fifties. These are not worth more than a few pennies because there are so many still around. But then again a record might be worth a fortune, just because a fanatical collector wants to own this particular record at any price.
There are a few collectors-sites on the web where you can find more information on this subject. John Wright from the U.K. wrote an article on his homepage in which he gives some concrete price-examples.
And to conclude with, here are some wise words from Barry McCanna, a distinguished member of the British Dance Bands Discussion Group and appreciated editor of my failing English on this website: “In general, it's dictated by three factors; condition, scarcity and collectability. Perm any two from three and you have the makings of a good price. Tick all three boxes and it is definitely valuable.”
Question: Do you take requests in your warehouse? Answer:
No, I'm afraid not. I only put records on my site if I have a particular interest in. And there must be something special to tell about the chosen disks. This is the most important part of my hobby.
Yes, I know, it's a bit self-centred; sorry not to be of help!
Question: I have a pile of 78 rpm records. Do you want to buy them? Answer:
In most cases: no, but thanks for the offer. Part of the fun is that I don't buy everything that comes across my path. I already own more than 1,000 records. So it's not a sport; I don't try to own as many as possible. I want to keep it a 'virtual' warehouse, not a real one.
Sometimes I get a pile as a surprising gift from somebody who doesn't want to keep them anymore. And sometimes I find some nice records in a flea market for just a few euros, or pounds, or dollars.
Personally, it's a nice way to keep it as a hobby. Sometimes I receive a kind offer by e-mail from somebody in the US who forgets that I live in The Netherlands and that there's an ocean in between us...
Question: Your records sound great! How did you restore the sound? Answer:
I use a software-programme called ‘Adobe Audition 1.5’ (formerly known as 'Cool Edit Pro'). This is really a magic tool for Noise Reduction, Hiss Reduction, and Click and Pop Eliminating. You can find more information about this product on my special page, about how to transfer records to the computer and how to digitally clean them.
There are people who use a combination of software programmes. But I get by very well with the various functions of ‘Audobe Audition 1.5’. Would you like to know more about how I work? On this page I show explanations. You can also find out what turntable and stylus I use.
Question: Do you want to sell any of your records? Answer:
No, that's the fun thing about a hobby; that it's not about money. For me, it would be like selling your children. But I have started to put a list of my 'doubles' on my website. Not yet all of them; that is a job that might take some more years to finish. Have a look at my collection-page. Maybe there is something you like.
Question: I have sent you an e-mail but still not received any answer… Answer:
Because of this website I receive a lot of e-mails from all over the world, which pile up very quickly. Due to a busy job and a family life it sometimes takes quite some time before I am able to answer. And sometimes I fail to answer completely. I am not proud of this. I am truly sorry if it takes longer than you hoped. I keep doing my best…