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The Great Ontario 78 RPM And 45 RPM Record Sale

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , on June 10, 2016 by the78rpmrecordspins

On May 28th and May 29th, 2016, the first record sale of 2016 occurred at our premises in Brampton, Ontario. This was a test sale for our newly added LP category, which tops 5,000 in number. It was  a great success, as record collectors from the Greater Toronto Area, and from Montreal and Michigan converged.  Here are some photographs from that event.

 

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Brampton man’s passion for jazz music fuels his hobby for collecting records

Posted in Interviews and Articles, My 78 RPM Collection, The Collector's Hunt for 78's on August 8, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

Brampton music afficianado Ken McPherson with his collection of thousands of 78 rpm records, many from his favourite jazz eras - the 1920s and 1930s.

Brampton music afficianado Ken McPherson with his collection of thousands of 78 rpm records, many from his favourite jazz eras – the 1920s and 1930s.

Brampton man’s passion for jazz music fuels his hobby for collecting records.

Hidden Record Gems Of Central Ontario-Currie’s Music And Antiques

Posted in The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , on June 14, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

Hidden away in the town of Gravenhurst, Ontario is one of the most unique record stores I have ever come across, Currie’s Music And Antiques. Located in the heart of the town on Muskoka Rd. North, the store was originally an old movie theatre that was converted into a place to find records of all speeds, guitars, a recording studio, and many antiques. We took the trip north to this one-of -a-kind store on Saturday, June 13, 2015, and were amazed. There are well over 2,000 78’s in the record room, 45’s galore, and for vinyl lovers, a good selection of all types of music. A history of this store has been copied from their website, with the permission of the owners.

 

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Described by many travelling musicians as “my favourite store, ever,” Currie’s Music & Antiques is choc-o-block with some of the most interesting old guitars and stringed instruments you will find anywhere, as well as drum kits, vintage amps, cowboy boots and western shirts and stacks of hand-picked vinyl.

The son of long-time antique dealers: Ted and Suzanne Currie, Andrew fell in love with the business of buying, repairing and selling vintage guitars as a teenager. A business that began with tiny booths set up at antique markets and trade shows turned into over six rooms of vintage and pre-loved musical instruments, and a name that is known by players far and wide.

A careful expert when it comes to repairing and rebuilding classic instruments, Andrew has brought many an old Gibson, Harmony, S.S. Stewart or Kay guitar back from to life after years of neglect, and made it sing.

With a discerning ear, Andrew began working as a live-sound engineer in High School and to this date has controlled the sound board for over 3000 performances at venues such as Peter’s Players, The Gravenhurst Opera House, The Kee to Bala and many concert halls around central Ontario for acts as well known as Johnny Winter, Big Sugar, The Yardbirds, The Tragically Hip, 54-40 and Taj Mahal.  Andrew acted as Technical Director for four of Muskoka’s best-loved concert venues for several years.

All of this aside, Andrew is first and foremost a musician – and boy can he play. Let him pluck the strings of your favourite guitar in the shop, or hear him rip it up as a bass player of drummer on a local stage and you will see for yourself where the passion begins.

The extensive vinyl selection in Currie’s Music is cared for by Rob Currie – another extremely talented musician, and recorded-sound aficionado. More about Rob can be found on the “studio” page.

 

The photographs below show that a trip to this store can be very exciting for record collector’s.

 

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A Few Pictures From The Great Ontario 78 RPM And 45 RPM Record Sale

Posted in The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags on May 17, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

On May 16th we held our first sale of over 25,000 78’s and 30,000 45’s. Here are some pictures of the 78’s and those people who attended. Record dealer’s Don Keele and Martin Koppel of Kop’s Collectables were amongst those who picked up some records!

 

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Ontario’s Largest 78 RPM And 45 RPM Record Sale-Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Posted in General Announcements, The Collector's Hunt for 78's, Upcoming Phonograph and Record Shows with tags , on March 11, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

Some of you may recall that I buy and sell 78 rpm records as a hobby. In 2014, I held 3 sales,  and this year, I hope to increase that to 5. So, with that in mind, and the weather starting to get back to the warmer temperatures that we all love, I am announcing that on Saturday, May 16th, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., my partner and I will be selling over 20,000 78’s, and about an equal amount of 45’s.  The sale will be conducted at my residence in Brampton, Ontario. If you wish further details, regarding the exact address, or directions, please message me at: kennethmcpherson@hotmail.com, and I will be happy to respond. In the meantime, let’s look back to last year’s event photograph’s, as posted below.

 

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An Updated Look At My Record Collection

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , on March 3, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

It has been well over a year since I last published a record of my own 78 RPM collection, which is primarily made up of Jazz, hot dance bands, and, not so hot dance bands. The updated list has been uploaded, and you may examine it below.

 

The Unknown Nordskog 3040-Burtnett and Miller Famous Orchestra

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, 78 RPM Record Development, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , on February 28, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

I recently acquired a west coast recording on the rare Nordskog label, performed by the Burtnett and Miller Orchestra. The Brian Rust dance band or Jazz discographies fail to mention that the two collaborated in 1923 and hired west coast musicians in Los Angeles, California. A newspaper article mentions the joining of Earl Burtnett and Ray Miller, as Burtnett and Miller Famous Orchestra. What is interesting about this particular record is that the labels have been placed on the wrong side of the record, as the 3040 B appears in the inner grove with the A side label. The record has only one side of Jazz interest, where the orchestra performs “Lady of the Evening”. There are some interesting solos. The recording has been uploaded for you to listen to.

 

 

 

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A Look At My Record Collection-Part Four

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , , on February 28, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

The last look at my 78 RPM record collection was in November, 2014, I believe. Since then I have been busy adding new goodies to my collection. Here are a few of these gems below!

 

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Victrola and 78 Journal, Volume 1, Summer, 1994

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , on February 18, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

While searching for new material to publish, I came across a series old articles that were written for the Victrola and 78 Journal in 1994. The material pertains to both gramophone and 78 rpm records, so it falls within this blogs theme. I hope you will enjoy the first edition, and will continue with the series at a later date.

 

Why Is It So Hard To Dispose of 50,000 78 RPM Records?

Posted in 78's Listed on E Bay, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags on January 13, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

Last year I decided to become a record dealer with my spouse, I would sell and buy 78 rpm records, and she would handle the 45 rpm records. I estimate that in my basement and in my record shed there are a good 50,000 78’s looking for a new home. The winter time is the worst time for sales, unless you are prepared to list records one by one on E-Bay and ship them, and even then, that may not work. Record collectors in general, tend to go for Blues, Jazz, and Rock and Roll. They want the rarest and cleanest copy of any record, and will not buy the hill and dale stuff. That only caters, it seems, to gramophone enthusiasts, who care more about their machines than the records themselves.

My dilemma is I want them gone, as I have spent a great deal of money in making this business feasible. In 2014, you may remember I  held three sales, starting in July, so I was late in starting. This year, I hope to have at least 6 sales, starting in March or April,. In the meantime, if you are interested in lot jobs, check out my two postings on E-Bay.ca for 15 and 25 crates of 78 rpm records. 

 

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A Look At My Record Collection-Part Three

Posted in The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags on November 25, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The last time I posted pictures from my own personal collection of 78 RPM records was in late March, 2014. Since then, with the acquisition of  collections, I have amassed some interesting labels, which I will share with you in the photo gallery below!

 

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Record Dealer Business Running Full Force

Posted in The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags on August 19, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

First, I must apologize to you loyal followers for a long break between articles. With the purchase of several 78 RPM and 45 RPM record collections and two sales in July and August, life has been hectic to say the least. It is a wonderful feeling to meet new people and to listen to what they collect. I recently had a gentleman travel all the way from the state of Missouri to purchase all the 16 inch radio transcription discs from me on August 16th. Our final sale will take place on Saturday, September 13th, at which point most of the remaining records from Steve Barr’s collection will be on sale.

 

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From The July 5th 78 RPM And 45 RPM Record Event!

Posted in The Collector's Hunt for 78's, Upcoming Phonograph and Record Shows with tags , on July 11, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Here are some photographs from the sale on July 5th, which, by the way, was a huge success! The next event date is Saturday, August 16th. Details for this will be posted shortly, or if you have a Facebook account, you may go to the link below for more details.

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1455473548034619/

 

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A Record Shack Is The Perfect Man Cave For The Summer Months

Posted in General Announcements, Interviews and Articles, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , on June 15, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

On May 12th I previously published my invitation to you to attend my record sale on Saturday, July 5th, at my residence. Due to the large amount of 78’s, 45’s and radio station transcription discs, plus many other items, I decided to have a shed built in the backyard, to double as my man cave and storage unit for all records I will be selling. After a week of laying down patio stones, and construction of the shed, it was finished yesterday. Today, I started to load the shed with records and a turntable for previewing the records. Here are some photographs of the shed, and the records that I have put in it, so far.

 

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A Day At The Christie Antique Show With The Edison Phonograph Museum

Posted in Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , on May 24, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The hunt for records took me out today to the Christie Antique Show, billed as the largest show in Ontario, held twice a year in the Spring and Fall at the Christie Conservation Area on Highway 5 west of Flamborough, Ontario.. Of course leaving early to get there by 8:30 a.m was hampered by our famous highway and road construction, which reduced traffic to a snail’s pace. However, we finally arrived by 9: 30 a.m, and promptly headed over to see Jean-Paul Agnard, proprietor of the Musee Edison du Phonographe, situated in Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre, Quebec. He had a very nice selection of gramophones for all to see and hear, and a stash of 78’s in the rear of his truck for me to go thru. Some nice 10000 series Starr records came out of that pile, along with a few other Victors, Columbias, and a late Perfect. Enjoy the photographs below detailing the phonographs on display, and of course, your editor hunting for records!

 

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The End Of A 42 Year Record Business And The Start of A New One

Posted in General Announcements, The Collector's Hunt for 78's, Upcoming Phonograph and Record Shows with tags , , , , on May 19, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Don Keele is a legendary record dealer, and after 42 years of business, he decided to sell his record  stock, sleeves, shelves, and transcriptions. So, as of today, your editor has purchased his inventory, and will be taking a leap into selling 78’s directly, and on auction. The photographs below were taken at his warehouse located in the west end of Toronto, Ontario. Your editor is the one with the Jazz T-shirt.

 

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Attention Canadian And American Record Collector’s-July 5th Is Ontario’s Largest 78 RPM And 45 RPM Garage Sale Event

Posted in The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , on May 12, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

On Saturday, July 5th, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. I will be hosting a sale of over 2000 78 RPM records, along with my partner, Norine, who will be selling over 5000 45 RPM records, for the fantastic price of: 4 for a $1.00. If you purchase 500 or more, you can speak to me about a better deal. For more information, you can follow the two links below, one on Kijiji, and the other on Facebook:

 

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-garage-sale-yard-sale/mississauga-peel-region/ontarios-largest-and-best-45-rpm-and-78-rpm-garage-sale-ever/590221781

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/475194202580898/

 

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The Aberfoyle Antique Market Show on May 10, 2014 Was A Record Collector’s Dream

Posted in The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , on May 10, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The hunt for 78 rpm records was on early today, left Brampton, Ontario and headed west on Highway 401 to exit 299, or the Brock Rd. North. We arrived shortly at Aberfoyle shortly after 9:00 a.m. and the parking lot was already full. After parking some distance away, we found our way into the second largest antique show in Ontario. The largest is held at the Christie Conservation area in May and September. Guess where I am heading in two weeks? Needless to say, I was amazed to find 78 rpm records and brought home over 300. Here are some photographs of the day to share with you. The one rare item is the Electra label, produced by The Marsh laboratories in Chicago.

 

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A Look At My Own Record Collection

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , on March 19, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Five years ago I got back to collecting 78’s after a long gap dating back to the 1980’s. At that time I had amassed a collection of 500 78’s before I  disposed of them in a sale to another collector. I now have about 3000 78’s and am gearing up for this year’s “hunt for records”, as I call it. I’d like to share with you a few pics of the records, and hope you enjoy them.

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The Best Kept Record And Phonograph Secret Of Central Ontario

Posted in Interviews and Articles, Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , , , , on March 15, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

One of the best kept secrets on where to junk for 78 rpm records, and phonographs in Central Ontario is the Barrie Antiques Centre, located in the heart of downtown Barrie, Ontario. Barrie, is located north of Toronto, Ontario, as is about an hour away by car. I paid a visit to it on Saturday, March 15th, 2014, and was astonished to find such a wide display of records and phonographs. The manager graciously allowed me to take some photographs and share them with you.

Barrie Antiques Centre, 227 Innisfil Street, Barrie, Ontario Open 7 days a Week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Hunt For Records

Posted in 78 RPM Record Humour, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , on February 13, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Your editor has attempted his first (and probably his last!) look at the lighter side of record collecting. I hope you enjoy it!

Meet The Collector: Ken McPherson by Mike Daley (Courtesy APN)

Posted in Interviews and Articles, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , , on September 19, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

 A few months ago, I was interviewed by a fellow member of the Canadian Antique Phonograph Society. Here, below, is the content from that interview.

 

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Sunrise 78 RPM Record Label from 1929

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , on September 2, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

Sunrise 78 RPM Record Label from 1929

This was one of the records I found this past Saturday, at an antique market in Paris, Ontario. According to what I could find in the American Dance Band discography by Brian Rust, this Vincent Lopez recording was done in 1929. I believe that the this Grey Gull label is rare, as they do not turn up as frequently as their other label’s.

The Record Hunt in Maryhill, Ontario

Posted in Interviews and Articles, My 78 RPM Collection, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , , , , on August 18, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

Every so often I look through the garage sale listings on one of the many online sites to see who is selling 78’s, and for my girlfriend, 45 RPM records. This time we found an ad for one that sold both, which was on Saturday, August 17th, on a farm, just west of Maryhill, Ontario.

For those of you who don’t know, the town of Maryhill is located northwest of Guelph, Ontario. The sale was to commence at 8:00 a.m. so we made sure we left Brampton, Ontario by 6:30 a.m. to give us enough time to get there before all the other collector’s arrived. Why travel there you ask? The records, in most cases, were being sold at 10 cents each, some at $1-$2.00.

We were the first to arrive on the scene, and ran to the garage where a large table had been set up, where four stacks of 78’s and 6 rows of 45’s were. Most of the 78’s were from the 1940’s and 1950’s, which disappointed me. There were only two 78’s I found, a Canadian Crown, 81424, and a  Via Tonal Columbia, 2344D. As usual, my girlfriend found more records than I did. Maybe I should have her hunt for 78’s the next time!

We then headed over to St. Jacobs to check out the three Antique shops. The first store had 78’s, but they were either pre 1920’s or 1940’s and 1950’s stuff. The second and third stores had nothing but late 1950’s 78’s

Although the trip failed to yield better results, the Sun and the hot weather made it an enjoyable outing all in all. We intend to make a couple more trips before the cold weather settles in, to look for records.

 

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The Second Trip to the Record Hoarder

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , , , , , on July 7, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

On Saturday, July 6th, we left Brampton, Ontario bright and early, as our drive to north of Peterborough, Ontario, would take about one and a half hours, through some of the most beautiful countryside along Highway 35 and Highway 7. Another 30 boxes of 78 RPM records was acquired, and loaded into the back of my girlfriend’s Liberty Jeep. Lifting heavy boxes of loose singled 78’s and one’s in binders, is not an easy task for a man of my age. It took about a good hour to finish the job. 

A third trip will be in the fall or early next year, as he has many more records down in his cold storage unit in the house.

Over 2000 78’s were brought back, but only about 100 were one’s I wanted. The rest are now for sale. Not any real rare gems in the lot, but one’s I did not have, and needed. I guess the best find was the Starr Gennett with The Vagabonds on it.

Here is how the back of the Jeep looked with all the 78’s inside.

 

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Still on Vacation But Had to Share…..

Posted in The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , on June 2, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

Recently, I had responded to a small ad placed on one of those online websites similar to Craigslist, in which a gentleman listed 47 boxes of 78 RPM records for sale, after being a hoarder, for the past 30 years.  He lives just north of Peterborough, Ontario. I made arrangements to see the collection this past weekend, and was totally shocked at what he had. I selected the 36 boxes that I wanted, as there was no picking, and, just as we were about to leave, he remembered that he had another 30 boxes of records upstairs in the barn.  OMG!  So, sometime in July or August I will be going back for more.

 

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I had to upload  some photographs just to show  the size of what this collection looked like-over 2000 records, including one of myself, holding a Brunswick record.

 

On Vacation! Gone Record Hunting! It’s Record Season!

Posted in General Announcements, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags on May 5, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

Now that the good weather has finally settled in, and all the flea markets and antique markets, etc. are in full swing, it’s time to take a break. I will return the last week of July with an update on my activities. Until then, happy record collecting.

 

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