SPECIAL NOTE! if you have a collection of classical music for sale,
please read this too!Here are some examples of 78rpm gramophone
records I’d be interested in buying. Go down to the bottom for
examples of records that are these days collectable. These I’m
also interested in either valuing (I’d give free valuations
over the phone or in yorkshire) or buying.
SPECIAL INTEREST! If you have any records on the national
gramophonic society (ngs) label you’d be willing to sell,
This advice is amed at a uk audience!
Let’s start with some general advice…
Firstly I am interested in at least knowing about any of your old
78s, even if chances are I am not interested, because you might have
the one rare thing or the one good record that I would, and have,
cheerfully carted away 300 discs just for the one.
Please note, and this is important! Just because something has a
high ebay buy it now price, or you’ve seen it in an antique
shop or charity shop for a lot of money, this doesn’t make it
valuable. For example there is currently an ebay seller asking £8.99
for every record, but he accepts offers below, sometimes far below
this, and another who asks £20 per disc which is frankly
laughable. If you want to check the value of your records you should
try this site and if it’s
not there then it hasn’t sold for a lot of money on ebay in the
passed, and if it’s there in mint condition and you own a rough
copy then it’s still not too valuable. A bit of googling will
Bing, Sinatra, Doris Day etc are not collectable just because
you’ve heard of them, and unless they’re extremely cheap
and come with loads of other stuff not even I’m interested
which says a lot!
If you have classical album sets of records, for example a
beethoven symphony on 5 records, I’m very interested but only
if it is complete. By this I mean you have all 5 records. If you’re
missing one disc from a set like that it is now completely worthless
accept perhaps the storage album.
Now let’s get onto the fun part. If you have no idea what
I’m going on about with this list of things I’m
particularly interested in and still don’t know if your records
are wanted by me or collectable, please email
me and we'll chat! Or phone me on 07500422090. Please note that I
am totally blind and therefore texting isn’t an option for me
Examples of labels that I’m interested in
buying for my own collection. If you have records on labels not
listed here that are not hmv, columbia, pye etc please email as they
could be really good!
If you have a lot (more than 30) but they are only on hmv and
columbia and very few other labels, here’s a little guidance.
Hmv: if they’re big 12 inch C series
records and over the catalog numbers of about c2000 and that’s
all you’ve got, I’m not really interested but Someone
If you have hmv b series records that are before
about b9000 I’m definitely interested in knowing about them!
Anything with “da” in the catalog
number is very good. If for example you have a lot of Caruso or other
famous opera singers on this label, you have very good music but
sadly it’s of little value. I would be interested in knowing
what you have! These records sold well but in good condition can
sound fantastic. If you’re a classical fan and don’t have
anything to play these on I think you should go buy a gramophone
rather than sell them!
Big 12 inch records, the L series is usually
interesting to me and I’d be really interested in knowing about
10 inch ones: anything with numbers starting with
a 5 or below I am interested in.
DB series is usually good but it went on into the
50s, so numbers up to about 2000 are mostly what I’m interested
CB series is again very good!
If you have any single sided records I’m
really interested, on any labels. Any acetates, home recordings, etc.
Don’t forget I can put anything I buy from you on cds for you!
Labels I’m actively looking for: again if you’ve got
stuff that isn’t listed please get in touch!
Zonophone (especially with a trademark on one side)
edison bell (even the little ones)
gramophone concert record
gramophone monarch record
regal (especially if it is regal g followed by numbers)
Beca or Beca grand
Parlophone (especially early r numbers, r400 etc)
Please note if you have a lot of parlophone rhythm style records
and stuff like that, I am emediately interested!
Vocalion (especially early, or vocalion swing series)
Again lots of rhythm/swing type records I’m looking forward
to buying them already!
Ariel or ariel grand etc
Cinch (I have yet to find a cinch record I havn’t liked)
a few later labels like vogue, esquire, melodisc, king jazz, any
label with jazz written on it so jazz collector, tempo, etc.
These are some of the labels I really want.
What kinds of records can be worth a lot of
The most collectable records here in the uk are either very early
or very late.
If you have any E Berliner records, you have real treasure. These
were the first disc records available.
Nicole records, gramophone and typewriter, any 7-inch single sided
discs, this means that whatever you have is from before about 1906.
Some people think that all opera is collectable, this is most
definitely wrong, but if you have, for example, italian red label
gramophone and typewriter records in your collection, or you know
that someone in your family or whoever you got your records from was
a real collector, then you do probbably have some records that are
The other end of the spectrum is rock and roll
records, however again the same rule applies here. Bill Haley,
Frankie Lymon, the platters, Lonnie Donegan etc sold millions of
records, as did Elvis. Some Elvis 78s are extremely rare but others
are worth £5 on a good day in average condition.
The big factor here is condition. I’m speaking from
experience here. I used to own a copy of Peggy Sue by Buddy Holly
that had such stripped grooves the words were understandable and the
guitar did nothing but clip, that’s just one example.
If you have records on the london label that are
by people like Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins etc you’re onto a
good start! If you have records from 1959 or 1960 on 78s you’re
onto a real winner! Again condition is everything. A lot of one hit
wonder artists of the rock’n’roll era can be very hard to
find on 78s. Also Chuck Berry, Johnny and the hurricanes, folks like
that are far from common in any condition.
Some 1920s dance bands are becoming quite
collectable, but most things, like the savoy orpheans, Jack Hylton
etc are not, and there is no hard and fast rule about what makes a
dance band collectable. I’d say that if you have a lot of dance
bands you should either look them up or email
Calypso records are another collectable kind of
78. Harry Belafonte and Marie Bryant are just about the only
non-collectable artists of this genre I can think of.
Blues is not something that is very rellivant to
uk 78 collecting as we didn’t get a lot of it until the 50s. If
your record says blues in the title, for example “big city
blues” or “wanna go back again blues” these are
dance band titles, and while they’re actually very good they
are not the real thing. Bessie Smith, however, did have some
parlophone releases that can be very hard to find.
Any race series records, I’m thinking of
parlophone and the rare guardsman series, are rare.
Dizney sets and other children’s records
can be very rare, for example I have only ever had one complete snow
white album with the 3 records in a fold out cover, and no copies of
the Pinocchio album, though I have had countless copies of the
records from it, it’s the fold out album that is very hard to
find. Things like little marvel and little tots records, unless
they’re in illustrated albums, are not collectable, however if
you have a few complete bubble books, little tots albums etc then you
probbably have collectables for the albums, not the discs.