78's At Savers?

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78's At Savers?

Post by PioneerFan » 21 Oct 2019 12:58

I have bought most of my 78's at my local Savers. They usually stuff them in with the vinyl LP's, so the fact they even survive is a miracle. But I have picked up stuff by Eubie Blake (maybe my oldest 78), Al Jolson, Gene Autry, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, and many others.

Has anyone else had 78 success at their local Savers?

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Post by mvno_subscriber » 21 Oct 2019 14:36

I almost always buy 78s at "junkyards" or thrift shops. Many good finds without having to spend much. Even after lying outside in wind and rain for decades, it's incredible how well some of them sound after a good clean.

The good thing about such stores is the inverse pricing: Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington = high price. Everything else they don't know what is and goes on the cheap. :D

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Re: 78's At Savers?

Post by PioneerFan » 21 Oct 2019 15:42

I picked up some Sinatra 78's there, too. All at 99 cents.

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Post by mvno_subscriber » 21 Oct 2019 15:54

99 cents is pretty cheap! Over here the cheapest I've found is the equivalent of $2-3. Many of the late shellacs often sound better than their vinyl counterparts imho.

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Post by PioneerFan » 21 Oct 2019 17:45

78's definitely do have a sound curve all to their own. Yes, I have yet to pay over a dollar for a 78. The local Savers thrift chain store is a gold mine for them.

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Post by Bob Dillon » 21 Oct 2019 18:14

PioneerFan wrote:
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I picked up some Sinatra 78's there, too. All at 99 cents.
Most Sinatra shellac should be about 99 cents. The Sinatra red label Columbias are so common, 2 for a buck is a fairer price. The purple label Capitols aren't quite as common but if you find a rarer late issue (past 1956) that's fun. Only Sinatra 78's that have any real monetary value are the Brunswick 78's he did with Harry James in 1939. Sold poorly originally, rare today.

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Post by PioneerFan » 21 Oct 2019 18:33

I have a couple of purple Sinatra 78's. In New England, any 78's are "rarities", let alone the less common ones. The 1924 Eubie Blake/Noble Sissler I found is hardly a "common" record.

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Post by Bob Dillon » 21 Oct 2019 18:50

Savers is affiliated with Value Village ? I looked for Savers stores in my area but then the actual store I'm directed to is a Value Village. As far as records I never find jack squat of any interest at Value Village, just scroungy old Jim Nabors, Anne Murray, Christmas albums, Anne Murray Christmas albums, Jim Nabors Christmas albums, etc.

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Post by PioneerFan » 21 Oct 2019 19:44

Bob Dillon wrote:
21 Oct 2019 18:50
Savers is affiliated with Value Village ? I looked for Savers stores in my area but then the actual store I'm directed to is a Value Village. As far as records I never find jack squat of any interest at Value Village, just scroungy old Jim Nabors, Anne Murray, Christmas albums, Anne Murray Christmas albums, Jim Nabors Christmas albums, etc.
It might be. Like all thrift stores, timing is everything. As is persistence.

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Re: 78's At Savers?

Post by AudioFeline » 01 Nov 2019 12:00

I've got most of my 78's from opshops (charity shops), usually for about $1each.
Have noticed that in recent years they have been getting rather scarce.
One savers priced them using permanent adhesive price tags stuck on the playing surface - what are they thinking?

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Post by PioneerFan » 01 Nov 2019 12:40

How they even survive the bins of my local Savers truly baffles me. They are simply stuffed in along with vinyl, and take so much physical abuse from being shuffled back and forth. The survivors really do deserve to be played again.

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Re: 78's At Savers?

Post by Bob Dillon » 01 Nov 2019 17:09

AudioFeline wrote:
01 Nov 2019 12:00
I've got most of my 78's from opshops (charity shops), usually for about $1each.
Have noticed that in recent years they have been getting rather scarce.
One savers priced them using permanent adhesive price tags stuck on the playing surface - what are they thinking?
Some charity shops don't want to deal with 78's because they are heavy, fragile, don't sell well and end up getting tossed.

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Re: 78's At Savers?

Post by AudioFeline » 01 Nov 2019 22:19

Bob Dillon wrote:
01 Nov 2019 17:09
AudioFeline wrote:
01 Nov 2019 12:00
I've got most of my 78's from opshops (charity shops), usually for about $1each.
Have noticed that in recent years they have been getting rather scarce.
One savers priced them using permanent adhesive price tags stuck on the playing surface - what are they thinking?
Some charity shops don't want to deal with 78's because they are heavy, fragile, don't sell well and end up getting tossed.
And I get frustrated because they don't seem to care that they are fragile, so often get broken in their racks. I recall one charity shop that had a good quality collection of 78s displayed in a wire rack, the records were getting stuck in the bottom wire which was creating "bite-mark" breaks when people would try flipping through them. When I took a bunch of the broken records to the counter (so they didn't damage the good records) and explained that their display was causing the damage, they didn't seem to care.

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