2004

Bootleg records are a hot topic in the news these days.

Bootlegs are unauthorized and illegal issues, often recordings of concerts or unreleased material stolen from record company vaults or even reproductions of legitimate releases.  Bottom line is, the person or company selling the record does not own the copyright and they don’t pay royalties

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Is it original? That’s one of the most important questions to answer when you’re determining the value of a record.

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It’s happened to all of us who diligently search for rare records. You find a wonderful collection for sale, really old, excellent music but arrgh; they’re useless because they’re warped, dirty or covered in mould.

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Legend has it that Thomas Edison invented sound recording in the U.S.A. and the record industry was always based in the U.S., Britain, and Germany. So where do we as Canadians fit in? Right at the beginning.

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In the late 1950s my father took me to Woolworths to buy my first real record. I was given a choice; every song was available on the old 78 rpm format, or the new 45 rpm. I chose the big 78, and I'd do the same today.

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The big question we’re dealing with today: How do you sell, or buy, old vinyl records?

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If you’ve been following our little soap opera you know we’ve been mulling over something many people possess but don’t use; a box of old records.

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So, you have this box of old records in a closet somewhere. You don’t play them anymore and would like the space back.

Click … whirr … clunk … swish … music. That may not be a very good representation but it serves to remind us of a time, not so long ago, when if you wanted to listen to a specific piece of music in your home, it involved the process of taking a large disc out of its storage sleeve, placing it on a turntable, starting the motor, placing the tone arm on the disc, then waiting as the needle found the groove then - finally - the music.

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