As executor of my father's will I have to dispose of his enormous vinyl and CD record collection.
The vinyl is nearly 1000 albums and there are hundreds of CDs.
Dad's tastes were largely jazz, big band, blues, torch singers and swing and there is an enormous amount of Frank Sinatra with almost as much Tony Bennett (for the latter two chaps this is true of both vinyl and CDs).
If anyone knows of a good place to start with this collection (I would prefer to sell it all in one go if I can) then grateful for any advice. The majority of the vinyl collection is in either mint or excellent condition.
Equally if anyone has any personal interest in such a collection or looking through to see if there is something you want then let me know.
Thanks in advance
Jackie (middle name Francesca if anyone's wondering!)
It very much depends on whether you want value or convenience.
Reckless are OK but they will offer you nothing near the value. Go for this option for convenience only but I would discourage it, particularly as you say the records are in such good condition. I can also imagine there are some gems in there based on the genres you mention.
If you want to spend a bit more time getting closer to their worth, you could ebay them (there's quite a market on there). One way to do this, without selling individually, is to split the records into valuable (5-10 a bundle, up to 10 bundles) and the rest in one or two low value bundles. You will usually get more money if you list the records in the bundles.
If you have time, one way to get a feel for the value is to look up some of the records on Discogs. It can give you an idea of their popularity - you can see how many people 'have' vs. how many people 'want' the records. There's also a marketplace on there to search for the records you are selling, to see if others are also selling and the price they are selling for.
You can always take them to Reckless to get valued but it sounds like that's quite a lot of trouble by the number of records. I would be cautious of people appearing to do you a 'favour' and take them off of your hands.
You may not want the money yourself but by selling them to someone that is willing to pay good money for them a) you know they are going to a good home and b) you could use the money to donate to a charity.
I would agree that Reckless will offer you a fraction of what they're worth and often refuse stuff they consider no market for, however although I agree with saus on using eBay, it requires a fair amount of work to list this number of records and I suspect that Jackie doesn't have the wish to devote that much time on it. Personally I'd love the Sinatra but I'm not in a position to buy it. It does sound like the kind of collection that Gramex would go for, but are they taking on lps these days? Haven't been in there in awhile but it appears to be all cds, is the basement still used for vinyl?
Thanks for your hospitality last night, and for letting M root through the vinyls.. he played some of them as soon as we got home!
If you want to send either him or me the spreadsheet with the rest of the titles, we can forward it to some other friends who also collect jazz vinyl to see if they'd be interested in taking some more off your hands.