Another Adventure, Part 8/Epilogue
Sorry to leave you all hanging there, but the meat of the story has been told. At the time, because I thought I was writing a chapter for a book that has still to be written, I wrote one more entry, which was this:
It’s time to starting moving the Blue Notes off the temporary shelf and into the collection. What does this entail? Well, first off each record needs to be washed and cleaned on my VPI record cleaner. Then, I’ll look at the inner sleeve and determine if it needs a new one. I’ll try to listen to each record, or at least one side, before it does into the collection. Then, if it’s new to the collection, I’ll put a sticker on the plastic outer sleeve with the name of the artist, the catalogue number, the condition and probably the value. Something like:
Blue Note 4048
Original West 63rd, DG
Why do I do this? Well, not to be morbid about it, I do this so that when I die my family will know what the records are actually worth. I’ve seen too many circumstances where people got ripped off because they had no idea about the value of the records. Heck, I may have done some of the ripping off myself.
In any case, I will tag each record and then put it into a database I began a couple of years ago. Eventually the goal, I suppose, would be to put all of my records into a database. For now, I’ve been content to put the Blue Notes and Prestiges into the database. So these will get entered and then I will put them on the shelves incorporated into the collection. But, for these records, I will also log them here and/or into a separate Excel file to determine just how well I did on the purchase of this collection. If I already own a copy of the record I will keep the one in the better condition and put a label on the other one to sell it, I guess, or at least to put a price tag on it.
Haven’t decided what to do about that yet. I haven’t been selling records on eBay for almost two years, which means I don’t necessarily have an outlet to sell them. Anyway, on the turntable now is Donald Byrd, Blue Note 4048, Byrd in Flight. It sounds great. Very nice Hank Mobley. I can’t believe I never owned an original pressing of this. I do remember having a copy with the blue label, which is a very late pressing and not a very good one, and I do remember selling it on eBay because it was an eyesore in my collection. Every time I’d look at it I’d be reminded that I didn’t have an original. Now I do. Ta da.