After a bit of a lull in buying for a couple months, this month I purchased about 640 albums. Six Hundred forty albums! I started the month buying about 100 albums from a dealer to flip, with about 10 being albums I wanted to listen to and 4 or 5 likely to stay in my collection. I bought them purely to add to my offerings for the December and January buying months.
Then I bought private collections on two successive weeks, each containing about 270 albums. One was billed at 350 albums, the other at 200, so i paid a little more per album than I thought I was for the first, and did a little better on the other. Both contained music primarily within the rock and blues area that I like, but had many artists I wasn’t familiar with or that I simply believe will sell.
Part of what I enjoy about collecting vinyl is the discovery process. It is primarily why I like to buy entire collections. From that first collection I bought in November, one of the “discoveries” for me was this Roy Buchanan Album.
Roy Buchanan sounds like a cross between Bryan Setzer and Eric Clapton. The track Roy’s Bluz on side 1 is incredible. I had never heard of this artist, so I looked him up. Basically, he’s considered one of the best guitarists EVER, but he never had much publicity. At one point he even stopped playing professionally and went to become a hairdresser until a PBS documentary brought him renewed attention and a new record deal.
The first track on side 2 is Can I Change My Mind, and it is also incredible, but also has a rhythm that reminds me of another song – much newer. I’m thinking Roy Buchanan probably influenced a lot of people. And an interesting note for guitarists – his tone was all guitar and amp – no effects pedals until late in his career. He used the volume and tone knob on his Tele to control changes in tone. Truly a great find, in my opinion, and one I would not have found looking through a record store.
Between the two collections, there were about 110 albums I wanted to listen to (on top of the other 300 or so waiting in queue). Since i spent $650 on the two collections, that’s a little under $6.50 per album, which really isn’t too bad considering some of the stuff in that grouping sells for more than I would pay at this time (or maybe ever). There were about 60 not worth trying to sell, either due to condition or just lack of popularity. So there’s about 470 I intend to sell out of the 640.
If I do the math solely on the others that I plan to sell, subtracting the ones I want to listen to and the non-valuable albums, that’s 370 albums for $650. That works out to about $1.75 each. I need to sell about 20% of them to make my money back, then the rest are profit, or fuel for other purchases. Plus I essentially then added the 110 albums to my collection for free. And realistically, I’ll sell a large portion of the 110 I wanted to listen to once I play them – often upwards of 90% of the albums I listen to I end up selling. The $650 came from sales of other albums, so basically all my vinyl hobby costs me is some time – and space in the Man Cave.
I can’t see myself spending $20+ on a single record, but many people do. Which just boggles my mind. While I may not quickly amass a collection of all my favorites, I am building a nice collection and finding new music at the same time. I currently have about 250-300 in my “semi-permanent” collection between home and the office. I’ also apparently offering a small supply of vintage vinyl that is sometimes hard to find. Many expensive hobbies don’t need to be expensive, if you’re just creative.