Market Watch: Top records sold on eBay, Dec. 2015

A list of top records sold on eBay, December 2015. All formats of records listed.

sonny-clark

5. Sonny Clark – “Cool Struttin’”

Sold For: $4,050.00 (25 Bids; Starting Price: US $9.99)

Listed As: “SONNY CLARK Cool Struttin’ BLUE NOTE BLP 1588 RVG EAR 47 WEST DEEP GROOVE NM TOP”

Genre: Jazz

Record Label: Blue Note (1588)

Country/Region of Manufacture: U.S.

Release Year: 1958

Format: 12-Inch 33rpm

Special Attributes: Mono, first pressing

Record Grading: NM

Sleeve Grading: NM

Seller: Private seller

Seller’s Comments: “Top Copy. Deep groove on label. 47 West 63rd address on label and sleeve. Dead Wax with RvG stamp and Ear. Sleeve EX and Record is NM. Clean sound. Bright Vinyl. Has some very few very light scuffs from handling (non audible). Even has original inner sleeve in NM. Top copy of one of the most desirable Blue Note albums. With grading being a subjective matter pictures are an objective way to evaluate for yourself. All records visually graded. When in doubt, Play-graded on on a modified/restored Lenco L78 with Denon DL-103 (Very sensitive to clicks due to its round diamond).  Sound will improve when played with a proper mono cartridge, I recommend Ortofon A or C.”

Little

4. Margaret Little – “Love Finds A Way” acetate

Sold For: Listed GBP 5,000.00, but Best Offer accepted between $4,000-$4,800.00

Listed As: “Margaret Little – Love Finds A Way – Audiodisc Acetate Soul Northern Crossover”

Genre: Northern Soul

Record Label: Genebro

Country/Region of Manufacture: U.S.

Format: 7-Inch 45rpm single

Special Attributes: Acetate

Record Grading: EX

Seller: Private seller

Seller’s Comments: “Unique Metal Acetate Of The Genebro MEGA-RARETY,Crystal Clear Sound On This Publishers Acetate,Biggest Popular Northern Dancer On Planet Earth In Its Rarest Form…..B Side Is Unplayable Due To Glue Used To Stick It Onto A USA Record Store Window Many Years Ago In Ohio Where It Was Discovered And Then Left In A Box With Other Untitled Unknown Acetates.”

Appointments

3. Appointments – “I Saw You There” b/w “Keep Away”

Sold For: $4,839.53 (30 Bids; Starting Price: $6.00)

Listed As: “Northern Soul 45 – Appointments – I Saw You There – De-Lite – rare!”

Genre: Northern Soul

Record Label: De-Lite (520)

Country/Region of Manufacture: U.S.

Format: 7-Inch 45rpm single

Record Grading: VG-

Seller: Carolina Soul Records

Seller’s Comments: “Visual grade: VG-, no warp, moderate staining to A-side label,light staining to B-side label… The matrix numbers are as follows: A side: DE-520-0 with a Bell Sound stamp (very faint) B side: RC-732 XXTZ 121008 (also very hard to read, as they’re faint).”

marttzy

2. Johanna Martzy – “J.S. Bach, The Unaccompanied Violin Sonatas,” Volumes 1-3

Sold For: $5,680.00 (10 Bids; Starting Price: $3,000.00)

Listed As: “JOHANNA MARTZY BACH VIOLIN SONATAS 100% ORIGINAL B/G UK COLUMBIA 33CX 1986-88”

Genre: Classical

Record Label: Columbia (33CX 1986-88)

Country/Region of Manufacture: U.K.

Release Year: 1950s

Format: 12-Inch 33rpm

Special Attributes: Triple LP set, Blue and Gold Columbia Mono pressings, 33CX flip back sleeves, Emitex inners

Record Grading: EX

Sleeve Grading: EX

Seller: Private seller

Seller’s Comments: “Okay, people! Here we have one of the biggest holy grails of record collecting: The original set of Johanna Martzy’s recordings of Bach’s Unaccompanied Violin Sonatas. I have dreamt of just seeing this set of records for years now in real life and I must say, that the legend is true: The sheer beauty of these recordings is absolutely stunning. This is my favourite piece of classical music and this is the definitive recording in my humble opinion. Everything from sleeve to inner sleeve to the records is 100 % original. Blue and Gold Columbia Mono pressings from the 1950’s, 33CX flip back sleeves, Emitex inners. Below I will give a detailed description of each record. Overall the condition is Excellent and since you will have a hard just finding originals you will have an even harder time finding them in a condition as good as this. Before playing them the records were cleaned twice on a professional Audio Desk machine. They were tested on a Luxman PD310 with Fidelity Research FR64 tone arm and a Denon DL103 stereo cartridge, Audio Innovations Series500 amp and Tannoy Berkeley speakers. All were played with volume loud volume to make sure everything is revealed. The violin sounds alive, sharp and there is no distortion – when you close your eyes and listen, you will get a deep feel of when the original recording took place. Martzy shines and I can’t stress how amazing the sonic quality is! The records were pressed in the 50’s which means that some surface noise/rustle as well as the odd tick even on the cleanest surface is evident. However, I would consider it minimal having the pressings in mind and more importantly: In no way does it overshadow the true beauty of this masterpiece. I have seen people selling NM copies but are these truly NM playing? I seriously doubt it. The records presented here show little signs of playing in terms of spindle marks and the jackets are also very well preserved. Please note that these were tested with a stereo cartridge. If you play them with a mono cartridge instead you will get an experience closer to the original recording and any surface noise/rustle will be less evident. As I’ve mentioned they were cleaned using the Audio Desk cleaner twice. While this is certainly one of the best machines on the market, some might argue that even further cleans and subsequent plays might lessen the light surface noise even more. Everything is checked under bright light.

Record 1
Partita No. 1 33
33CX 1986
Blue/Gold label, Made in Great Britain, X T code near spindle
Matrix: XAX 744-1N (R)  & XAX 731- 1N (M)
Cover: Overall very sharp considering the age and how fragile they are. Light signs of ageing, light wear to seams, a little rubbing, light bent corner, light traces of ring wear and a small file sticker on the back, e.g. just small imperfections. Spine is sharp and can be read and as you can see on the pictures it looks great. Inner has browning but looks like it hasn’t been handled much and probably had little human contact.
Record: Both sides look superb, amazing luster, super shiny with just light sleeve whisps. I see no indications of spindle marks on either side. Plays with very light static noise/rustle and the odd light tick throughout both sides. The record has a very light warp which does not affect play in any way. Since all 3 have this, I suspect that it might be the pressings. Side A has a few super light inaudible hairlines and a small blemish spot on A2 which causes 4 ticks. Not disturbing in terms of enjoyment of the music. Side B has a few super light hairlines has a small blemish spot in the vinyl on B2 that causes 7 very low and soft ticks. Not disturbing at all. There are no deep marks, no skips etc. A prime example!

Record 2
Partita No. 2
33CX 1987
Blue/Gold label, Made in Great Britain, E T code near spindle
Matrix XAX 732-1N (R) & XAX 615-3N (H)
Cover: Overall very sharp considering the age and how fragile they are. Light signs of ageing, light wear to seams, a little rubbing, light traces of ring wear and a little browning on the back along the spine, e.g. just small imperfections. Spine is sharp but there is a little crackling near the middle text (see picture).  Inner has browning but looks like it hasn’t been handled much and probably had little human contact.
Record: Both sides look superb, amazing luster, super shiny with just light sleeve whisps. I really don’t see any indications of spindle marks on either side. Lables are sharp and clean looking. Plays with very light static noise/rustle and the odd light tick throughout both sides. The record has a very small warp, which does not affect play in any way. Since all 3 have this, I suspect that it might be the pressings. Side A has a few small inaudible hairlines and super tiny imperfection the the begging of A2 which causes a few ticks in the beginning and a few super low frequency ticks that can hardly be heard at all. Again the experience is still good. Side B has a couple of light inaudible hairlines as well one that causes light clicks on B3 and one with ultra soft ticks as well as some clicks during the B5. Not super disturbing at all. There are no deep marks, no skips etc. A prime example!

Record 3
Partita No. 3
33CX 1988
Blue/Gold label, Made in Great Britain, E T code near spindle
Matrix: XAX 614-3N (R) XAX 764-1N (H)
Cover: Overall very sharp considering the age and how fragile they are. Besides light signs of ageing, light wear to seams, a little rubbing, light traces of ring wear there is a little staining on the front near the top seam. Spine is sharp and reads clearly.  Inner has browning but looks like it hasn’t been handled much and probably had little human contact.
Record: Both sides look superb, amazing luster, very shiny with just light sleeve whisps. I see no indications of spindle marks on either side. Lables are sharp and clean looking. Plays with very light static noise/rustle and the odd light tick throughout both sides. The record has a very small warp which does not affect play in any way. Since all 3 have this, I suspect that it might be the pressings. Side A: Has a hairline which causes moderate ticks during the second part of A3. Still not damaging the enjoyment of the music at all. Side B: Tiny inaudible blemish spot and few super light inaudible hairlines. There are no skips etc. A great example. Overall: A great example of this very rare set. Great excellent shine on all records, only light imperfections as described, little handling and a super sharp tone! Grading: I grade strict. I have more than 10 years experience in selling classical records and I pay great attention to detail. I do not use the NM grade for anything but new looking, 100% clean sounding records – e.g. very, very rarely.

For a beauty like Martzy a totally thorough description is needed.”

kogan

1. Leonid Kogan, Constantin Silvestri ‎– Beethoven Violin Concerto

Sold For: GBP 6,300 (approx. US $9,724.00) Best offer

Listed As: “COLUMBIA SAX 2386 LEONID KOGAN BEETHOVEN VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D OP 61 LP 1ST PRESS”

Genre: Classical

Record Label: Columbia Records (2386)

Country/Region of Manufacture: U.K.

Release Year: 1959

Format: 12-Inch 33rpm

Special Attributes: First pressing, stereo, original inner sleeve, gatefold.

Record Grading: EX++

Sleeve Grading: EX

Seller: Mr. Sloane

Seller’s Comments: “CONDITION IN DETAIL: THE SLEEVE IS IN GREAT CONDITION, WITHOUT WORRYING FAULTS. OVERALL, THE SLEEVE IS IN LOVELY CONDITION. BOTH FRONT AND BACK ARE NICELY CLEAN. THERE IS NO WRITING. THERE ARE NO TEARS. IF ANY, ALL FAULTS ARE MINOR, ACCEPTABLE, AND NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT. THE SPINE IS IN GREAT CONDITION WITHOUT WORRYING FAULTS. THE SPINE IS SQUARE, FIRM, AND TRUE. ALL OF THE TEXT IS READABLE AND INTACT. IF ANY, ALL FAULTS ARE MINOR, ACCEPTABLE, AND NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT TOO MUCH. THE LABELS ARE IN BEAUTIFUL SHAPE WITHOUT NOTICEABLE SPINDLE MARKS. THERE IS NO WRITING. THERE ARE NO TEARS. IF ANY, ALL FAULTS ARE MINOR, ACCEPTABLE, AND NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT. THE DISC IS IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION: CLEAN, CRISP AND BRIGHT, RETAINING ITS ORIGINAL SHEEN. THERE ARE TWO EXTREMELY LIGHT, INSIGNIFICANT, UNIMPORTANT, INAUDIBLE SURFACE MARKS, CLOSE TO THE BEGINNING OF SIDE ONE. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT THESE. OVERALL, THIS BEAUTY LOOKS AND SOUNDS UNPLAYED. THE RECORD TESTS BEAUTIFULLY WITHOUT INTERRUPTION DURING PLAYBACK, NO LOSS IN SOUND QUALITY OR AURAL PERFORMANCE, AND NO OBTRUSIVE POPS OR CLICKS. IF ANY, ALL FAULTS ARE MINOR, ACCEPTABLE, AND NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT. ALL IN ALL, A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF A VERY RARE RECORD AT A VERY NICE PRICE! THIS ONE IS FOR THE COLLECTION, WITHOUT REASON TO UPGRADE. STRICTLY GRADED USING RECORD COLLECTOR’S GRADING SYSTEM. BID WITH COMPLETE CONFIDENCE AS TOTAL SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED.”

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