Classical 78s, worthless antiques?
March 17, 2011 1:21 PM Subscribe
What should I do with a collection of old, classical records near Pittsburgh?
posted by MrFTBN to Grab Bag (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So I have five large (and heavy!) wooden crates full of old records - about 20 albums per crate. For the most part they seem to be in pretty good condition. When they were stored in a basement years ago, someone took the time to wrap each album in cardboard to preserve it. The music itself is almost all classical - Mozart, Beethoven, Stravinsky... The records are big, brittle and 78 rpm. They're all older than 1950's. Some might be significantly older than that, but I can't find dates on anything.
The record collectors I've talked to in Pittsburgh have said these are almost impossible to sell. I guess nobody wants to flip through 4 records just to listen to a low quality recording of Beethoven's 9th anymore.
So what would you do with these? Can anyone recommend a university or museum to donate to? Might they be worth something after all, if I can find the right person?
(hope this doesn't sound too much like a craigslist post, I'm really asking for advice, not trying to sell stuff on AskMe)