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Please note I am a uk collector and rarely buy from outside the uk.

Got a load of 78s? I hope so! See my hopefully helpful artical on them they are my main love!

I am also interested in large collections (100 or more) of classical cds on labels like EMI, Chandos, Deutsch Gram, etc. Rare repertoire is also of great interest to me on CDS. Please email me

Are you looking to sell your collection of classical music on vinyl? Have you recently inherited a huge load of vinyl albums that you have no idea about? As a long-time collector or hoarder of records I can help you with that and hopefully buy your records as a collection, to save you moving them around your local car boot sales/charity shops!

First thing’s first, classical records, even in mint condition, are not rare. If you thought that lovely readers digest box set was going to fund a holiday forget it! However a wideband stereo decca may well do that, and if you’re wondering if that’s some sort of magic incantation or what all that means, read on…

I’m going to talk through classical lps first of all, then other types, this is because with classical records I know what I’m talking about and everything else is way too wide for a single webpage!

p.s. a series is usually a prefix before a number on a record, for example hmv ALP1990. Think of it as sort of a catalog code, that does not mean it was made in 1990!

Let's talk first about the big labels:

sell your Decca vinyl lps/albums:

While the label started in 1929 with M series 78s it’s the lps (long players, albums, vinyls, whatever you want to call them) that I’ll be talking about here. The LXT prefix was used on the first 12 inch lps, and these were revolutionary (pun not intended)

I’ve trorled through the 1950s editions of the gramophone magazine and the importance of these issues, when they first came out in 1950 and 51 were some of the first lps in the uk. For classical music lovers this was huge! No more flipping over stacks of big heavy 78s, buying autochange sets of 6 12 inch discs each for a symphony, listening to that annoying (you get used to it) ca-ching! As one record ends and the stylus returns, I’m sure you see my point!

That’s a picture of decca lxt2501 from 1950, from discogs.

The mono LXT records can be quite valuable, the ones that spring to mind are of violinist Emil Telmanyi playing Bach, those can fetch 3 and 4 figure sums! But the majority can be had very cheaply, indeed my nice copy of the above record of Bach’s Brandenburg concerti was bought from ebay for under £10 postage included!

Sort after records on mono deccas, as indeed with most mono lps seem to be solo violin or violin sonatas, some solo piano, cello etc and not orchestral music, and surprise surprise most of what was put out was orchestral music! Decca also made 10 inch lps in an LX series, these are harder to find but not too valuable, good records though!

But, here’s where even the orchestral lps get pricey…

in 1958 Decca started issuing stereo lps in the SXL series. This is where things get complex, as a lot of these were issued and then reissued with the same numbers etc! First editions can be easily recognised due to the words 'Original Recording by...' written around the rim of the label, also they have a wide band just under the label name (Decca)

confusing, definitely! Here are pictures of one of my stereo decca first editions…

I hope that helps!

If you’d like more pics, head over to the great guys at Watson records

Sell your old Columbia vinyl records:

Again they had their start much earlier on, Columbia cylinders were being made in the 1890s and were very clear for that early date! In the 1920s they made wonderful sets of classical 78s, some of which were tied with string in their albums! They started producing lps in the early 50s with a 33cx series, 33 for 33rpm, c for columbia, what’s with the X? These had a blue label with gold writing, here’s an early example from 1952.

Among these are some incredibly valuable items. If you have any Johanna Martzy hanging around you’re really doing well! Or columbia 33cx1415, David Oistrakh playing Tartini and Mozart sonatas, which is still the most valuable record I’ve ever had through my hands! But again, most releases were orchestral and are not of great value though they are very very good! The same can be said for the 10 inch lp 33cx series.

And once again, 1958 saw the start of the columbia SAX series. Blue and silver pressings of any of these should set you back £10 and far, far more, some of the Kogan lps and other violin items going for 4 figure sums! Later pressings however are far less valuable and have red semicircle labels. Someone managed to get a breathtaking £7000 last year for this lp, few! Speaking personally there’s no audible difference between first and second pressings on my setup, the prices, to me, seem to have mostly snob value!

Still confused? write out a list and email it over!

Again for more pretty pictures, do visit Watson records helpful page!

Sell your old His Master’s Voice (HMV) vinyl albums

I’m sure many people still call 78s old hmv’s, hmv records, etc. When I was out and about looking for them if an older person didn’t know what a 78 was, old master’s voice records would sometimes get a response! But let’s talk about the lps on this page.

There were quite a few series. The main early one being the mono 12 inch ALP series of records, there was also a BLP series of 10 inch discs, CLP tended to be more popular, and DLP was the popular 10 inch series, for example Elvis Presly’s first lps were on 12 inch CLP and the best of Elvis from 57 was on 10 inch DLP

There aren’t really many valuable items on classical mono hmv, exceptions include those conducted by FURTWÄNGLER (his biography, to me, is more interesting than his conducting) violinists like GINETTE NEVEU, GIACONDA DE VITO, MAX ROSTAL and other generally more obscure players.. Mono hmv’s tend to have a red label with that famous logo in a semicircle.

Yet again the stereo hmv albums tend to be much more valuable, but they have to be first pressings and yet again there doesn’t seem, or sound, to be a reason for that! They came in an ASD series, and started with ASD250. Those early ones had a white label with gold edges, a lot of collectors call them cream and gold though.

If all this has just been really confusing, why not write out a list of catalog numbers and email me your list!

Once again, thanks to Watson records for their useful artical and pics!

Smaller labels and less valuable additions:

classics for pleasure: good way of getting really great EMI recordings for a fraction of the price, one example columbia SAX2386 has sold for £7000 while you can have the classics for pleasure cfp139 for £10 on a regular basis! I’m trying to complete a run of cfp, by the way!

Deutsch gramophon: the main German label, but the sound tends to be less great than Columbia, Decca etc and they sold well. Some stereo editions with large tulips fetch good money as do some mono cello records but few and far between.

Philips: similar situation to dg above, though some plum labels with hifi on them can be more valuable.

Turnabout: I personally like this label a lot as there are plenty of obscure works on it, but they’re worth peanuts in terms of price, indeed I bought over 200 of them as a job lot from ebay for I think £50 including postage! Alfred Brendel recorded a lot for turnabout, those arr excellent records!

Harmonia Mundi: this is a seriously excellent label for fans of early and baroque music, I’m definitely one of those and have many hm records. Not very valuable, though, other than a few now sort after titles such as Musique de la Grece Antique which is rated among the best audiophile lps, I have a copy and there are many good reasons for that!

Archiv Produktion: the early music branch of DG, again wonderful lps, not overly valuable unless you happen to have Enrico MAINARDI playing Bach’s cello suites!

L'Oiseau-Lyre: Decca’s early music branch, I’ve yet to find a bad record on this label! Not overly valuable but there are of course exceptions, *JEAN-MAX CLEMENT again with Bach’s cello suites (seeing a pattern?) the great Alfredo Campoli playing Sarasate’s spanish dances, yet again mostly violin and cello records that fetch the money.

Heliodor: dg’s budget label, I’ve never seen any lps on this label sell for much money.

I’m not even going to attempt to talk about non-classical stuff here as I know little about it, but please, if you have a mixed collection do not hesitate to get in touch!

Disclaimer: I am totally blind, hence the use of Watson records useful site for pictures, and I may have not positioned photos correctly, etc. I’ve tried to make this not just look like a huge block of text but it possibly does!

I am a record collector, not a dealer in the true sense of the world. I’d rather take on a large collection of records for myself than for resale value. There are many dealers who might look through and pick rarities, not me!

Contact me: phone: 07500422090 (do not text)