skip to content »

Chat araby

Chat araby-32

All record players at that time still featured 78 speed and a 78 stylus. jazz, dance and popular music, then blues and gospel, then white country, then Cajun (Louisiana French), then French Canadian (Quebecois), followed by Scottish Canadian, then Anglo-Canadian country, then Canadian popular music, then Mexican, Caribbean (Porto Rican, Cuban, West Indian), then South American…

- Like I said, before I began collecting old records I’d already been a serious collector of old comic books since the age of nine.I was living in a small town when I first started, far from any big city.I had very little money, but collecting 78s was a cheap hobby back then.I would occasionally buy 33 1/3 LP reissues of old jazz.Nowadays I will acquire CDs of reissues if the original 78 records themselves are just impossible to find and possess, but I’d certainly rather have the 78.I gave up collecting comic books in a serious way when they started to become exorbitantly expensive. Old 78s are still generally not a terribly expensive thing to collect except for the most sought-after rare items.

I also used to collect, for a while, old toys until that, too, got too pricey for my bank account.

At age 16 I suddenly became a collector of old 78 records.

I already had a great attraction to old music that I heard in old movies from the early 1930s, old animated cartoons and the Hal Roach comedies.

I also collected old magazines, sheet music, old music-related photos, it goes on and on. I was fascinated, intrigued by this one with an attractive 1920s label design, song title, artist’s name.

But it’s only the 78s that I collect with the grim, obsessive determination to possess that holds the true “discaholic” in abject bondage, a monkey on his back, a millstone around his neck. I was 14 or 15 years old, rummaging around in Willkie’s second-hand furniture store in Milford, Delaware, where my family was living at the time (1958), looking for interesting old books, comics, magazines…. I took a chance on it for ten cents, took it home, played it.

A vexatious situation for the obsessed collector, this rarity business, but also part of the magic aura which surrounds these old discs. Nowadays, there are really no more record shops in which the proprietor has an extensive stock of old 78s, categorized by type of music and artists. One could spend all of one’s spare time and money searching for and buying 78s on e Bay. - What is the most important factor of a vinyl release? (Music, rarity, obscurity, smell, cover/graphic art work, message, liner notes, overall feel, other aspects….). For the 78 collector, it’s a “record,” not a “vinyl release.” That term applies strictly to LPs… Well, for me the most important thing is the music, absolutely.