Temptation, Thy Name is Newk
Thanks again to Clifford for stepping in while I took an unexpected extended break. I am back on eBay now and, once again, subject to temptation. For example: Sonny Rollins Quartet and Thelonious Monk, Prestige 190. This is an original 10-inch pressing that looks to be in VG condition for the record and the cover. It’s not a record I own and, of course, I would like to have it, but not in that condition. So perhaps the temptation is not as intense as it may seem just looking at the listing. This one has a start price of about $80 and so far there are no bids. I have been in the midst of another Adventure in Jazz Collecting that I will share with you in the next couple of weeks involving what would normally have been an absolutely sterling collection of 10-inch records. Unfortunately, the records all have a heavy scent of mildew, and I’ve never been able to figure out how to get rid of that odor. Has anyone been able to solve that problem? I wound up passing on the collection because the seller wanted a price that would have been realistic — although still somewhat high– if the records didn’t reek. He claimed to have gotten an offer at that price. Hopefully, the buyer actually saw, and smelled, the records before making that offer. Details to come once I’m sure that I am fully out of contention for these records.Here’s the other Sonny record I’d love to own: Sonny Rollins Plays, Period 1204. This is an original pressing listed in Ex condition for the record and VG++ for the cover. If you look at the pictures, it’s really tough to trust the seller’s grading. There’s no way that cover is VG++. Based on the picture of the back cover, it looks more like VG. So I can cross that one off the temptation list as well — especially since the price is now in the $550 range. Perhaps the bidders are ignoring the pictures? Or perhaps the temptation to own a piece of jazz history is just too overwhelming to overcome. Certainly, that is a feeling we all know all too well, right?