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  • Richard Llewellyn,

    Love it. Our relationships to the 'stuff' that documents the years, that I've naively assumed would always hold the same meaning for our entire life, does, in fact, (to my enormous surprise) change.

    If I'd known then that, after decades of lugging years worth of Face, Empire, and NME magazines from flat to flat and house to house that I would simply turf them all one day without a backward glance, I could have saved myself a lot of angst.

    Mt Albert • Since Nov 2006 • 399 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    Hey Grant; marathons? Really? I mean, really really?

    and I’ve been going through a similar sort of thing. due to space constants, utility and such, I’m now keeping my stash down to about 5000.
    I’ve never used a filing system – that way you keep digging up something you haven’t heard in a while while looking for something else, but there’s a point where that gets unweildy.
    I also gave my cd player to my brother, I just prefer playing around with records so why put them in competition with another format? If you’ve got ’em, use ’em.
    And there’s always new/ old stuff to be discovered, I prefer to find it by digging, online jiggerypokery doesn’t interest me in the teeny tiniest.
    anyway, I recently started flogging off all manner of sundry stock, and it hasn’t been too hard. For the most part mine is now a working collection anyway, further purchases are funded by playing out which in turn, I guess, shapes what I’m buying, but I do keep the personal stuff as an informal subset.
    I’ve never been a photo taker, instead I’ve always tried to buy a record as a reminder – those purchases, when significant, aren’t for sale.
    I just hope the nippers treat the well when they get them.
    If so, it’ll have been a beautiful thing.

    oh, and RIP Andy Williams. Well done that man.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 325 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    in the groove...

    Incidentally, apart from music my other main interest is long-distance running.

    once a Long Player,
    always a long player...
    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5092 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Offloading vinyl got us across the line – just – when we were buying our house in 1998.

    David Rush, the buyer at Real Groovy (who I knew) gave me pretty good prices. It helped that more than 10 years earlier in London I’d saved a bunch of collectible stuff from going to the incinerator after failing to shift at the the HMV Shop, where I was working. Four copies of the same, mint, Cramps picture disc – that sort of thing.

    It fascinates me now to see what old Flying Nun platters are going for at RG. I wonder who’s buying them at $100+?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19019 posts Report Reply

  • Grant Smithies,

    I hear you, Mr. McDougall. I've been gradually doing the same thing myself, chipping away at the shelves and crates so that I can once again get into my office. Like you, the most surprising thing is the lack of pain...

    Nelson • Since Jan 2011 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Dave Patrick,

    I went through a period of just-returned-from-overseas-just-got-married-just-got-a-massive-mortgage-just-had-kids penury, when the only way I could fund new acquisitions was by flogging stuff I didn't listen to any more. it was painful the first time, bu it got easier. And every now and again I have a pang of regret for selling Songs for Cleaning Guppies but it's usually only when I see the stupid prices it lists for, not because I'd ever, ever play it again.

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 237 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Grant Smithies,

    This is a very encouraging story. Time to stop gazing thoughtfully at the shelf, and start off-loading. If only

    I couldn’t be stuffed with the hassle of putting listing after listing on Trade Me

    did not ring so loud and clear!

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1589 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Mother Superior jump the gun...

    ...to see what old Flying Nun
    platters are going for at RG.
    I wonder who’s buying them at $100+?

    Me too, I am about to free up some old kiwi vinyl (and ephemera) for the universe to reabsorb, some folks say one gets better prices on eBay rather than on local TradeMe, (and who knows what the unfortunately named Wheedle will be like). Anyone had any experience with this or heard anything relevant?
    Methinks, I don't feel comfortable enough on the net to deal internationally...

    Offloading vinyl got us across the line...

    Sweet Jesus!, No, not that original copy of Trout Mask Replica I gave ya on yer 21st(?) birthday, last century!!?

    </kidding...>
    (hope it helped)
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5092 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    umm, Ian, you'd probably have to check Russell's cool with it, but how about listing the titles here taking any inquires via email?
    there seems to be a few record hounds about.

    and not that I've used it, but yeah, eBay is where you'll find the real anoraks with the big bucks. payment's usually done thru paypal.

    for mine, given the recording quality or lack there of, the prices FN stuff goes for is madness, it was always a time/ place live scene to my ears. and it's spreading, then I saw an old Warners 7 going for $80. and No Tag for $90, which is cool since I've somehow got two.
    on the other hand I've got a copy of Dragon's Universal Radio heading my way for a fiver, so it's probably about shopping around.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 325 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    umm, Ian, you'd probably have to check Russell's cool with it, but how about listing the titles here taking any inquires via email?

    Of course!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19019 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Russell Brown,

    nice, just thinking you may not wanna encourge the growth of an inhouse flea market.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 325 posts Report Reply

  • 81stcolumn,

    Please don't show this thread to my darling. I'm not quite ready yet.......

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 730 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew Geddis,

    "The other friend, Tim, was as pleased as Sylvie was at seeing the British indie stuff when he saw Galaxie 500’s On Fire album, which again reiterated to me the importance of them going to a good home."

    I hope to God that this came out of the 1/3rd of albums you've got on CD as well ... or else you, sir, may be a geek, but you are no music geek.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2007 • 151 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari,

    discogs.com > tardme

    create account
    make excel spreadsheet of ya wares
    upload
    sell to music geeks globally
    visit your local postshop to dispatch
    make foreign friends
    travel the globe sleeping on their couches with the proceeds

    /personally I've never sold anything musicy and as yet have no inclination....

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 357 posts Report Reply

  • andrew r,

    Nice.
    I like how Chris H pointed out best Bunnyman and Buzzcocks records.
    Still buying the odd bit a vinyl mee self ---- but gee there is just sooooo
    much pop out there these days. Spotify is helping me sift through some
    of it.

    auckland • Since May 2007 • 78 posts Report Reply

  • Crunchy Weta,

    Attachment - the root of all problems eh. I hear you like all the other guys here lol. Sold a handful of early nun to buy a family wagon to move the new babies around in a few years back. No regrets - most of it is available on cd anyway (yay siltbreeze Pin Group). Share the love - besides nothing beats making your own sounds anyway. Given your years of listening to great sounds I'm sure some has rubbed off - any links?

    Mamaku • Since Nov 2006 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    As my Big O home is on the market (no agents thank you, and it's all low-key) I've been looking at my bookshelves...
    I have lotsnlotsnlots of bookshelves & 27000 plus - books.

    I never thought I could bear to part with any of them but -now- I'm looking...

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    I'm going to show this story to my beloved. Not in a threatening way, though I do remember a few years ago him getting an announcement in the post that a vinyl store had set up, and would he like to divest. The explosions of derision were volcanic.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2613 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg, in reply to Islander,

    I have lotsnlotsnlots of bookshelves & 27000 plus - books.

    I never thought I could bear to part with any of them but -now- I'm looking

    I'm certainly not in the same league as you, but I still probably have 1000-odd books. But after my recent move, which was the 8th in about 15 years I'm just over it. My goal now is to drastically prune the collection down to a couple of hundred books that have a value to me beyond content as physical artifacts.

    Stockholm • Since Jul 2009 • 797 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    I assume it’s genetic: guys go for music crap, women go for shoes / dresses / handbags and the like.

    I collect shoes, handbags, and music. The key difference between the shoes/handbags and the music is that the latter is basically incorporeal and what I value about it is almost irrelevant to the packaging it comes in. It took me quite a while to get to that mental place, and I still have several hundred LPs mouldering away in a cupboard (and several thousand CDs from my marriage's joint collection, for that matter), but the last few years have been hugely liberating. It's all on a hard drive; it's all almost instantly accessible via Sonos; I don't have to worry about dusting or maintenance of condition or any of that other crap. We still have collectable music Things we keep on display (a brick from the original Stax building! The Beg, Scream and Shout box set!) but most of the common or garden stuff is just in boxes as a sort of backup, and I'm pretty much thrilled by that. I can now concentrate on the physicality of the other things I like - the shoes and frocks and handbags.

    Also, I know you were joking, but it's not genetic. It's to do with the gendered "expertise" hobbyist barrier we've created around collecting things like music. The internet has been great for me because I don't have to spend so much time waiting for Some Dude to take me seriously in a pop music conversation. Hello, I am short and round and a girl and yes, *I know a lot about this shit*. Really.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3663 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    This thread has got me thinking: what do I collect? Everything and nothing; I have bits and pieces of various emphemera and eras and interests but no one big collection. Diffuse and scattered and hard to find (that could get psychological. It's got me thinking that it is time for another cull. I do like good old horticultural and garden tools a lot.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2613 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Danielle,

    re the 'gendered “expertise” hobbyist barrier,' I have no time for blokes who treat music as a pissing competition; even the offhand comment made above about selling Galaxie 500 ground my gears.
    It's music, not a cure for cancer, and I say that as an, umm, enthusiast.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 325 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Danielle,

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    Hello, I am short and round and a girl and yes, *I know a lot about this shit*.

    More than most 'boys' I know about music, and more than anyone about shoes and handbags. We have a lot to learn. ;-)

    I've cleaned out my vinyl twice due to relocations, both local and International. I keep finding records I used to own in the sale bins at Real Groovy, or in random Antique shops and repurchasing them. I still get a kick out of things like scoring Talking Heads' Little Creatures on Vinyl in near new condition for $20, with a bonus picture disk single hidden in the sleeve.

    Or finding another Jam 7" I don't yet own. I thought I'd grow out of it. But seems that's going to take a bit longer. I'm just wondering when it's going to be safe to ask for my Smiths/Morissey collection to be returned from exile. Oh how I miss it so.

    ETA: The above was meant with a high dose of self-deprecating irony. Just so Alan doesn't think I'm in some kind of contest. ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2160 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    Hey Grant; marathons? Really? I mean, really really?

    Yep, marathons. I've done seven since 1998 and several half-marathons as well. My best time is 3hr 8mins, nothing amazing, but certainly respectable.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 627 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall, in reply to Andrew Geddis,

    I hope to God that this came out of the 1/3rd of albums you've got on CD as well ... or else you, sir, may be a geek, but you are no music geek.

    Rest assured, I do have it on CD, the recentish 2CD version in fact !

    Like a lot of you above, I too am amazed at the going rate for some of the early FN stuff. I see all this stuff going for truckloads of dosh that I paid $7 for in 1985 or whenever.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 627 posts Report Reply

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