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Selling Your Jazz Record Collection (Blue Note)

 

Like most genres, jazz on vinyl has some records more valuable than others with labels such as Blue Note, Prestige and Tempo often commanding big prices. Although there is quality music produced in all eras of jazz it tends to be the fifties and early sixties which produce the greatest interest in collecting circles. Unquestionably the most collectable label is Blue Note with original US copies selling for sometimes above four figures; artists such as Hank Mobley and Sonny Clarke fetch anything up to £4.000.

 

How to tell if you have an original Blue Note will depend on the year of issue with factors such as label addresses, deep groove or what is stamped on the run off all giving vital information. Label address is the company adress which runs around the edge of the label for example “47 WEST 63rd St”, from this you can determine what period the record was manufactured.

 

 Alongside US manufacturing the Blue Note label was released in other countries including Europe and Japan, both Japanese and UK originals of early Blue Note originals were manufactured on alternative labels, Japan on King and the UK on Esquire.  Original US Blue Note copies are still the most sought after, although it is worth pointing out records particularly on the Esquire label are gaining in value.

 

In this last paragraph I have noted a few general points to help determine whether your jazz record collection might have some monetary value, firstly you need to establish if the records are original issues, originals can sell for many times the value of later reissues. Secondly the most collectable style of jazz tends to be small combos from the 1950s and early 60s; early jazz although equal in quality of music does not tend to generate the same enthusiasm in the vinyl collectors world. Lastly as with all vinyl collecting condition is paramount, a rough condition record will generally fetch only a small percentage of a near perfect copy.

 

 


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Top 5 Tips For Selling Your Record Collection

Top 5 tips for selling your record collection

 

 

1.       Selling through a dealer or on your own.  Selling your collection as individual items rather than to a dealer can very often be the most lucrative. Your records will obviously fetch more as single items rather than been sold as a job lot.  On the down side this will mean spending lots of time listing records and dealing with the inevitable issues selling vinyl particularly on line. Also it is worth considering as your better items disappear it will become harder to sell the more common titles. A reputable dealer will offer you a fair price but please remember they will have their own costs to incur and time spent listing and selling.

2.       Valuing Records. Most people trying to value there records will be left confused by the massive variation in prices they come across when searching the internet for record valuation, some records a range between as much as £5.00 and £1.000 depending on the particular issue. It is important to make sure the record you have exactly corresponds with the item you are viewing on the internet, this includes serial numbers, same issues and variation’s on the labels and sleeve.

3.       Condition. Condition is vital to the overall value of a record; a record can be collectable but if in poor condition will only be worth a small percentage of its mint value.  It is equally important for the record and sleeve to be in clean condition.

4.       Finding a dealer.  When searching for a dealer look for somebody in your local area or somebody who specializes in your particular genre.  Never allow a dealer to Cherry Pick, if you want to sell the whole collection make sure they agree to buy all the records.

5.       Are you sure you want to sell. Finally make sure you really want to sell your collection as when the items are gone you find it very hard to obtain the records you had originally. Take time in making your decision and don’t be pressured in to selling.

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Burton Market Record Fair

Cannonball Records  has a new Record Fair in the newly refurbished Burton Market Hall. Our first event in 2014 was a great success  and we are pleased to bbe back again on January 11th 2015. With dealers from across the UK there is over 40,000 records on site with lots of oportunity for crate digging and rarities fot the series collector. Check out our events page for the next event.

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Vinyl & Vintage

Cannonball is happy to announce teaming up with No.26 Vintage Shop for our exciting new Vinyl and Vintage Fair located in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent. The long established record fair will be crammed full of bargains and collectables as usual. Along withe the record fair there will be a great selection of vintage stores. Our first vinyl & Vintage fair will be in July. Just a reminder our usual Record Fair will take place at the end of May. More info on our Record Fairs page. For more info go to link below.

For more info Email stoke@vinylandvintagefair.co.uk

 

 

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Stoke-on-Trent Record Fair

Stoke is home to one of the longest running Record Fairs in the UK. Established by Chris Savoury over 30 years ago. Based in the Stoke-on-Trent area the fair has been held in many towns throughout the city including Burslem, Tunstal and Hanley. For the last few years we have been based in Cobridge just a mile outside Hanley town centre and have recently moved to our new venue Cobridge T.A. Centre. We hold fairs 10 times a year always the last Sunday of every month except June and December.

The Fair draws dealers from across the UK and has around 20,000 records for sale including music from almost every genre. If you are a long established collector or somebody starting there collection our fair is a great place to meet fellow enthusiasts and find what you are looking for.Whether you are looking for rare collectable items or after bargains we have something for everyone. A noticable change in our customer base over the last few years is a steady increase in new collectors and music fans from every generation joining in there passion for quality music. 

Cobridge Record Fair has a large parking area and bacon sandwiches available for those who need refueling after digging through thousands of records.

Our aim is to provide a friendly enviroment for both collector and dealer and we offer very reasonable rates for those wishing to stand at our events.

For more information go to our events page at www.cannonballrecords.co.uk

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Record Store Day Comes to Stoke-on-Trent

Hanley town centre will be celebrating Record Store day with two independent shops stocking the RSD releases. Cannonball Records and Music Mania are just a few hundred yards apart and will both be stocking lots of 2014 Record Store Day releases. Cannonball Records is a vinyl only shop that’s stocks second hand and new vinyl from all genres. Music Mania stocks new vinyl and large selection of good quality CD releases. Hanley has now become a hub for music lovers with two Independent Record shops and music venues serving the Staffordshire area.
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Stoke-on-Trent Record Fair

A quick thank you to everybody who came along to our February Record Fair. The fair has been running for over thirty years in different venues across the city and we are getting more support than ever. Customers from all generations are coming together with a common passion for music and vinyl. There is normally around 30 stalls selling nearly all vinyl, thats around 30,000 items. You can pick up music from nearly all genres and find anything from rare collectables to bargains in the cheap crates. New dealers are welcome with table prices well below most of the big organisers prices. Also if you are looking to sell your vinyl why not come along and meet the dealers or contact me on 07704 300 304. 

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Radio Record Valuation Show

Cannonball Records will valuing vinyl on the Terry Walsh Show Radio Stoke this Sunday. Listeners can phone in to find out the value of there old records live on air.

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Hundreds of new stock

Over 600 new items in at Cannonball Records! All genres including Rock, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Disco, Folk, Blues and many more. Artists include Led Zep, Nick Drake, Clapton, Lonnie Liston Smith, Ian Matthews AC/DC, Pat Mehteny and many more. Also just to let you know we will be participating in Record Store Day this year.

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Record Fairs 2014

Cannonball Record Fairs are now booked for 2014. We have nearly 20 events over the next year in Stoke-on-Trent, Shrewsbury and Telford. The Stoke and Telford Record Fairs are some of the longest running events in the UK with both now running for over 30 years. For more information go to our fairs page or contact via email or phone Dave 07704 300304
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10 Easy Tips To Help You Value Your Vinyl Records

10 Easy Tips To Help You Value Your Vinyl Records

 

 

  1. Reference Books
  2. Popsike.com
  3. Specialist Sites
  4. Grading Your Records
  5. Expert Valuations
  6. General Misconceptions
  7. Record Shops and Record Fairs
  8. EBay and other Internet Market Sites
  9. Selling Individual Items or Collections
  10. Supply and Demand

 

  1. Reference Books. There are a number of publications which help you to value vinyl records; probably the most comprehensive in the UK is the ‘The Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide’. This is a bi-yearly publication with the date of each issue being a year in advance. The soft back edition retails between £25.00 and £30.00 with older editions sometimes turning up for only a few pounds. As with all price guides this is only a rough guide and although very comprehensive can only predict what a record might sell for. If you are looking for the values of records issued in the US then the ‘Goldmine Price Guide’ is a good place to start. Unlike the UK guide there are several editions covering more specific areas of record collecting, including 45s, albums and individual genres. Reference books are definitely a good place to start when valuing your records but please remember they are only a guide and prices can vary dramatically in real life situations.

 

  1. Popsike.com. Popsike is simply a vast database or reference site which stores hundreds of thousands of sales and auctions of vinyl records on the internet. Mostly, the information is drawn from EBay. If you make a search for say ‘Pink Floyd, Dark Side of The Moon’ you will get a long list of items which have sold which you can click on and access the original photo and description from the seller. Also you can change the priority of the list by date or price and check out if the item sold for above or below average. Over the last few years Popsike has become an important place to obtain record values. Popsike is free if you only want to do a few searches but for full use there is a subscription charge of $18.00 for 6 months.

 

  1. Specialist Sites. If you are looking for the value of items from a particular genre then it is worth searching for specialist websites. For example if you have a soul item to value it is perhaps worthwhile checking out www.raresoulman.co.uk. This site is dedicated to selling soul records and has a considerable database. Classical vinyl sellers might try www.classicalvinyl.com and there are equivalent sites for most genres.

 

  1. Grading Your Vinyl.  Doing your research is the first step in finding out the value of your record but an important factor is condition. A considerable part of a records value is based on condition of both vinyl and sleeve. A common misconception for anyone selling their records is that they will get the same amount for their records as the items they have seen advertised on the web. A record in near perfect condition will sell for considerably more than one that is well used. So before you research check out the records condition, which includes scratches, paper marks, writing on labels and wear to the sleeve.

 

  1. Expert Valuation. When collecting information on any subject an expert’s knowledge is always invaluable. Many reputable Record Dealers also offer advice and valuation on your records.

 

  1. General Misconceptions. There are many misconceptions attached to the value of vinyl records, for example not all Beatles records are valuable. Many Beatles releases sold in very large numbers and were also reissued regularly over the years. Equally there are records very often overlooked which can command very high prices, perfect examples would be some Classical records which can sell for over four figures. So make sure you know exactly what you have, is it original or first issue?  Do I have the rare version or the one that sold a million copies?

 

  1. Record Shops and Record Fairs. If you are looking for direct contact with someone who can help you to value or sell your records then you need to find out where your local dealer or Record Fair organiser is situated. Record Fairs are often excellent places to obtain some idea about the value of your records as this is where you will find genuine record collectors and enthusiasts. A good idea is to search for local fairs in your area on the web.

 

  1. EBay or Internet Market Sites.  Searching the internet for specific records can be laborious but there are a few places which are more likely to have similar or identical items. Probably the most well know is EBay, here you can refine your search to music/records also there is an option to check out “Completed Listings”, items which have already completed there auction or sale. An even bigger database of records can be found at www.discogs.com, this site has the facility to refine searches of items serial numbers and country of origin.

 

  1. Selling Individual Items or Collections. One point to bear in mind when valuing your record collection is how would I sell them? This seems a rather obvious question, but how you decide to sell depends on the time and effort you are willing to devote. If you decide to sell your collection yourself then trading at a record fair or via the internet is an option. Alternatively it may be easier to sell directly to a dealer. When negotiating with a dealer always avoid those who are looking to cherry pick your collection as this will make it difficult when trying to shift the remainder of your records.

 

  1.  Supply and Demand.  A last but important point is the demand for a particular record. Some records are rare but only have a small percentage of potential buyers. These records have value but can take a little while to sell and sometimes it is easier to except a lower amount. In the end it is supply and demand which dictates the price a record will sell for. More information at www.cannonballrecords.co.uk  
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