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Mark Stryker

Questions for 78 Collectors

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For a long time now I've had my father's 78s. He was hip -- Lady Day, Basie, HInes, Dizzy/Bird, Hawk, Jacquet, Goodman etc -- even Dodo Marmarosa (!). I'm interested in getting a sense of any monetary value these might have. To be clear: I'm not interested in selling anything; these records mean too much to me. But I'd like to know, especially since there are some rather obscure labels represented including several on Atomic. I can't really evaluate condition as I don't have a turntable that can play them, though I can say with some certainty that nothing would qualify as "mint" -- yet the surfaces on many look pretty darn good. They are not beat to shit. But I really don't know my way around the 78 world, from scarcity, condition issues, etc. I'm going to list many of them here and if anyone can offer insight I'd be much obliged:

Billie Holiday, Strange Fruit/Fine and Mellow (Commodore 526)

Dizzy Gillespie, Salt Peanuts/Hot House (Guild 1003)

Count Basie, It's Sand, Man/Ride On (Columbia 36647)

Benny Goodman, After You've Gone/Body and Soul (Columbia 36781)

Benny Goodman, Let's Dance/Boy Meets Horn (Columbia 35301)

Benny Goodman, Why Don't You Do Right/Six Flats Unfurnished (Columbia 36652)

Benny Goodman, I'm Not Complainin'/My Sister and I (Columbia 36022)

Benny Goodman, Lazy River/No, Baby, No (Capitol 20124)

Benny Goodman, Music Maestro Please/The Bannister Slide (Capitol 20127)

Benny Goodman, How High the Moon/Benny's Boogie (Capitol 20126)

Illinois Jacquet, Wondering and Thinking of You/ (Apollo 758)

Illinois Jacquet, Ghost of a Chance/Bottom's Up (Apollo 756)

Coleman Hawkins, Smack/Dedication (Commodore 533) 18324)

Coleman Hawkins, I'm Thru With Love/Hollywood Stampede (Capitol 10036)

Jay McShann, Moten Swing/On the Sunny Side of the Street (Capitol 10039

Earl Hines, Stormy Monday Blues/Second Balcony Jump (Bluebird 11567)

Jimmie Lunceford, White Heat/Jazznocracy (Bluebird 5713)

Jimmie Lunceford, I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town Parts I and 2 (Decca

Johnny Hodges, Things Ain't What They Used to Be/Squatty Roo (Bluebird 11447)

Dodo Marmarosa, Mellow Mood/How High the Moon (Atomic 225)

Lyle Griffin, Wolf Song/Strictly for Kicks (Atomic 202)

Ray Linn, Where's Pres?/Eastside Jump (Atomic 220)

Fats Waller, Buckin' the Dice/All that Meat and No Potatoes (Bluebird 11102)

Stan Kenton, Artistry in Percussion/Ain't No Misery in Me (Capitol 20089)

Stan Kenton, Harlem Folk Dance/Do Nothin' til You Hear from Me (Capitol 145)

Nat King Cole, Nature Boy/Lost April (Capitol 15054)

Glenn Miller, Juke Box Saturday Night/Sleepy Town Train (Victor 20-1509)

Glenn Miller, Slow Freight/Bugle Call Rag (Bluebird b-10740)

Eddie Miller, Stomp, Mr. Henry Lee/Yesterdays (Capitol 170)
Jan Savitt, Sugar Foot Stomp/Quaker 30-0813) City Jazz (Bluebird 10005)

Erskine Hawkins, Bear Mash Blues/Don't Cry Baby (Bluebird 30-0813)

Erskine Hawkins, Blackout/Who's Beatin My Time With You (Bluebird 11192)

Sonny Thompson, Blue Dreams/Blues on Rhumba (Miracle)

Erskine Butterfield, Monday's Wash/Blackberry Jam (Decca 8543)

Louis Jordan, Knock Me a Kiss/I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town (Decca 8593)

Jimmy Dorsey, The Spirit's Got Me/Charleston Alley (Decca 4075)

New Friends of Rhythm, Fable in Sable/Bach Bay Blues (Victor 26315)

The Capitol Jazzmen, Sugar/Ain't Goin' No Place (Capitol 172)

 

Edited by Mark Stryker

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honest to god most ppl at used lp stores will give you 5c. a piece for  them regardless of title and sell them at .50.  the Atomics are definetly the choice ones of the bunch....very impressive.  are the bluebirds those early white label ones or those later blue labels?   its rare my local stores get 78 collections cause they usu do not even buy or process them.  the one time they did it was all r&b/blues/rock stuff, and even then the going rate was $1/ea.   keep them dawg!

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If I had this lot I'd run and get me a suitable turntable!

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Very true. ;)

Although most of these (except the Linn and Griffin on Atomic as well as the Butterfield AFAIK) have been reissued I don't know how many times in all formats (which very likely lessens their desirability - except to hardcore "strictly 78-rpm only" listeners :D, and those collecting extremists probably would already have a lot of these) this is a very nice bunch and I'd hang on to it by all means, particularly if it is "part of the family history", as in this case.

Edited by Big Beat Steve

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Beware! Purchase prices quoted by a DEALER are a FAR cry from the selling value to an actual "final consumer".

If you'd want to sell at all, "avoid the middleman" (to quote an eBay record seller from long, long ago ... ;))

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I'd bid $ 1 to $ 3 on all of these except for the Atomics which would possibly sell for $ 5 to $ 10 in an auction.

So: Buy a record player and enjoy these gems !

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Thanks for the feedback folks. As I said, I'm never giving these up. I do want to get a machine or turntable  that will play them. I listened to them often as a kid. Made a large impression...

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I have a bunch of 78s too.  I know this question must have been answered a couple of zillion times, but what turntable would people (now) suggest to play them?

 

 

gregmo

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