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Re: Budget record collecting

Post by vinyl master » 08 Oct 2017 23:15

AceDeuce73 wrote:
vinyl master wrote:You might also want to consider making an annual expedition out to one of your local record shows, like this one, AceDeuce73...

https://corpuschristi.craigslist.org/em ... 33049.html

Ever been here, too?

https://www.facebook.com/Dynamite-Recor ... /?ref=py_c
https://local.yahoo.com/info-19329888-m ... ISHR:B4693
https://local.yahoo.com/info-141542004- ... ISHR:B4693
I don't get to run very far from the Rio Grande Valley, and when I do it is usually up to Austin. Started going to the Record Convention there back in the 80s and started working the show for a dealer I befriended there in the 90s. Haven't been to the show since I moved from their in 2005.

Haven't been to Meme's personally but never heard word that they had anything other than CDs and whatnot. Dynamite never has much a selection of anything other than CDs and DVDs from my visits there. Valley Vinyls (sic) is the shop I mentioned in my previous post that overprices records based on name with no consideration for condition, asking the same price ($25, really?) for a beat to hell copy of a Van Halen album(for example) as a good or better copy.
Don't forget that thrift shops, pawn shops, flea markets and antique shops (and malls), as well as garage sales can yield some good stuff, too, if you're patient...

Been to any of these places?

https://www.yelp.com/biz/flying-pig-marketplace-mcallen
https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-galleria-a ... pUfYVqpQQQ
https://www.yelp.com/biz/cantus-antique ... op-mission

This looks like a really cool place, too, with some cool vintage items...There may or may not be some records hidden here...

https://www.yelp.com/biz/new-and-again- ... ll-mcallen

And then...

https://www.yelp.com/biz/mimis-attic-weslaco
https://www.yellowpages.com/mcallen-tx/ ... -481548261
https://www.yellowpages.com/weslaco-tx/ ... =466169516
https://www.yelp.com/biz/thrift-city-mcallen-mcallen-2

Here are a bunch more...

http://www.theriograndevalley.com/antiques/index.html

And then, the flea markets...

https://www.yelp.com/biz/alamo-flea-market-alamo-3
https://www.yelp.com/biz/don-wes-flea-market-donna
https://www.yelp.com/biz/seventy-seven- ... wnsville-2
https://www.yelp.com/biz/ochoas-flea-market-mission

I did mention a couple of cool record stores to someone else just to the east of you...

Ever been here?

https://www.yelp.com/biz/juans-music-an ... rownsville
https://www.yelp.com/biz/hybrid-records-corpus-christi

In any case, some of my best cheap record finds have not been at record stores, at all! In fact, I plan on investigating a few more thrift stores in my area soon...Maybe I'll get lucky with some more good finds...But, like I said, the key is to be patient and keep looking! It's good to familiarize yourself with these places and even more if you don't live near a big city...

Oh, and by the way, have you ever heard of this CD? Looks like your town was once a garage rock hotbed...

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Congreg ... se/4242219

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Re: Budget record collecting

Post by AceDeuce73 » 09 Oct 2017 00:57

Yeah, I've hit pretty much any thrift store in my area. Not a lot has ever presented itself that was worth buying as far as my interests are concerned. Tons of the usual easy listening and local Spanish language artists. Best finds have been from GW and SA. I see collections on Craigslist now and then but they usually will go fast as I know that the owner of Valley Vinyls scoops them up to stock his store.

I hadn't heard of The Playboys of Edinburgh until several years ago. Edinburgh and McAllen are right next to each other and I know they had done some reunion gigs. My dad was a DJ at a small radio station in central Texas (Burnet) in the late 60s and remembered playing some of their records back then. When the station closed down he took many records with them and thought he had those, but apparently not as my brother and I now have catalogued them. Do have 2 copies of The Thirteenth Floor Elevators though.

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Re: Budget record collecting

Post by vinyl master » 09 Oct 2017 01:08

Aw, yeah...Love me some Roky Erickson! Being that you're in Texas, AceDeuce, have you ever heard of San Antonio-based Bubble Puppy and Billy Gibbons' first psych band The Moving Sidewalks? I believe they performed with The Elevators in and around Houston...


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Re: Budget record collecting

Post by E41877 » 09 Oct 2017 01:33

13th Floor Elevators, Bubble Puppy, Homer, Moving Sidewalks, American Blues, Josefus, Corpus...etc. were all great garage/psych rock bands in the 60's-70's from Texas. Their records are highly collectible in these parts. I have them all. Another genre that has become highly collectible in Texas are old Latin/Tejano records. These days, I mainly collect local private pressings of all genres from unknown artists.

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Re: Budget record collecting

Post by plyscds » 11 Oct 2017 05:17

The budget bins do sometimes cough up an item worth bringing home. I should go see what's waiting at a local source I haven't visited in a while. My new primary source has lately been pretty sparse with material that will catch my eye.

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Re: Budget record collecting

Post by vinyl master » 11 Oct 2017 08:57

Let's see...My "10 cent thrift shop" just netted me Carmen McRae's "A Foggy Day With Carmen McRae" (her first album), Hubert Laws' "Make It Last"..."Don Lonie Talks With Teenagers", "Star Wars" performed by The London Symphony Orchestra, "The Country Soul Of Ronnie Milsap", which looks to be early recordings by him (I don't have any of the ones listed!), "Enoch Light & The Brass Menagerie", Lou Rawls' "Natural Man" and "Quincy's Got A Brand New Bag" by Quincy Jones. I never know what I'm gonna find at this place and I can afford to take chances at 10 cents apiece! :D

At another "new" store I recently investigated, I picked up Hadda Brooks' "Femme Fatale" and a copy of Gordon Fleming's "Gigi" with Mary Tyler Moore on the cover for $1.00 apiece...

Even found an unopened Maxell Type II tape!

Of course, I dig the jazz, soul and even the really unusual stuff! I love it, too, when someone passes up something or donates it to the thrift store and they probably had no idea what it is, and yet fortunately I DO! :lol:

That said, some of my favorite budget finds have still been on Craigslist, Discogs and at the local record and antique shows...When you find a seller that prices all his stuff the same...CHEAP, that is...THAT is a seller you want to go back to...There is one particular guy at the antique show that prices albums at $2.00 apiece (lots of classic rock and 80's metal, too!) and offers a discount of 6 for $10.00, IF you buy 6 albums! I love it!! :mrgreen:

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Re: Budget record collecting

Post by E41877 » 12 Oct 2017 04:13

If you go to a garage/yard and you don't see records, ask them if they have some they want to sell. If they do, they will go inside and bring them out. I've found a lot of budget records this way. This past weekend, I went to a yard sale and bought something from this lady. I asked her if she had any records for sale and she said no, but her brother did. I gave him my phone # and asked him to call me when he was ready to sell. Well, he called me today and I met him at his house. He had 2 crates of lp records and some 45's he just wanted to get rid of. After looking thru a few of them, I knew I wanted them. He told me to take them all for free. I couldn't do that, so I gave him all I had in my wallet which was $20. When I got them home and looked at them all, I realized I just hit another jackpot. :mrgreen: The majority are Rock/Metal/Punk lps from the 60's-80's. They are all great titles with most in great condition. Some are autographed and some are promos and imports. I also found one of my local holy grail 45 records that I've been searching for years. :D
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Re: Budget record collecting

Post by vinyl master » 12 Oct 2017 04:34

Now, that's cool, E41877! 8) I'd love to see some pics if you have any! Any particular titles stand out at all? :-k

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Re: Budget record collecting

Post by uniman4 » 12 Oct 2017 07:49

Free, and it's my favorite LP I own. Not even a fan of the band, but it sounds better than about any other LP I own.

Foreigner - Agent Provocateur

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Re: Budget record collecting

Post by E41877 » 13 Oct 2017 01:51

vinyl master wrote:Now, that's cool, E41877! 8) I'd love to see some pics if you have any! Any particular titles stand out at all? :-k
I'll take some pics after I'm done cleaning them. There's almost 200 records. I've only gone thru one crate. There's your typical classic rock artists... Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Rush, Scorpions, Ted Nugent, Van Halen, AC/DC and more. There's also some Metal...Metallica, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Queensryche, Motley Crue, Slayer and others. There's some punk by the Misfits too. Most of these are original pressings. I can't wait to go thru the other crate. :D

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Re: Budget record collecting

Post by reynolds617 » 24 Oct 2017 01:58

Although I've been "collecting" vinyl for ten years (read as: assembling key favorite titles when they were reissued or when I found them on ebay), my collection is still pretty small (only about 120), with plenty of my favorite albums still to be acquired. I would imagine once you've got all your essential favorites, that's when you start branching out and taking risks on dollar bin items.

I will cop to having paid over $100 for one record (it was super rare and in mint condition), but generally I don't go crazy. Now that my system is finally in place, I have begun going to record stores with no shopping agenda vs. buying things online I was specifically looking for.

I had my first great find last weekend (not great as in cheap, but great as in unexpected). Now that I'm "in the club" I need to get to know my area (I know where most of the record stores are, but not thrift stores and other places that might sell).

I'm willing to bet that a record cleaning machine can do wonders for some of these thrift store finds that might seem at first to be in rough shape. Fortunately, I've invested in one, so we'll see.

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Post by reynolds617 » 24 Oct 2017 01:58

Although I've been "collecting" vinyl for ten years (read as: assembling key favorite titles when they were reissued or when I found them on ebay), my collection is still pretty small (only about 120), with plenty of my favorite albums still to be acquired. I would imagine once you've got all your essential favorites, that's when you start branching out and taking risks on dollar bin items.

I will cop to having paid over $100 for one record (it was super rare and in mint condition), but generally I don't go crazy. Now that my system is finally in place, I have begun going to record stores with no shopping agenda vs. buying things online I was specifically looking for.

I had my first great find last weekend (not great as in cheap, but great as in unexpected). Now that I'm "in the club" I need to get to know my area (I know where most of the record stores are, but not thrift stores and other places that might sell).

I'm willing to bet that a record cleaning machine can do wonders for some of these thrift store finds that might seem at first to be in rough shape. Fortunately, I've invested in one, so we'll see.

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Re: Budget record collecting

Post by RockerFrank » 24 Oct 2017 12:28

reynolds617 wrote:Although I've been "collecting" vinyl for ten years (read as: assembling key favorite titles when they were reissued or when I found them on ebay), my collection is still pretty small (only about 120), with plenty of my favorite albums still to be acquired. I would imagine once you've got all your essential favorites, that's when you start branching out and taking risks on dollar bin items.
I've been buying records all my life but still don't have nearly all my essential favourites. I have a wantlist on a folded little piece of paper that I carry around and usually end up buying something completely different instead.

Most of my collection has been bought for less than 10 euros a piece and so far I've never paid more than 20 for a used LP excluding postage, even that much very rarely. I just don't like the whole idea of collectors' items and people making money out of it. There are however a few pieces that I'm always browsing for and might cave in and buy one of these days.

The risk with dollar bin items is not one of the greater risks in life.

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Re: Budget record collecting

Post by tobyKenobi » 24 Oct 2017 15:08

Mentioned the record fair crates earlier and paid a visit to a local one at the weekend where I found this gem. Bill Nelson's Red Noise "Sound on Sound" - I owned a copy of this when it first came out but have somehow mislaid it in the intervening years. This is in great condition and - the nicest bit - signed by the man himself. Cost? £5 including a trio of Fiat Lux 12" singles.
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Re: Budget record collecting

Post by audiopile » 24 Oct 2017 16:44

Ya - the take your chances $1 a record bins here are constant temptation and ya can get a bit adventuresome/indiscriminate at that price.

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