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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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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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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

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