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  • May 15 2016
  • 15 May 2016

Rinker on Collectibles: Sounding Off About Collecting Vinyl Records

Columbia Records introduced the microgroove vinyl long playing (LP) phonographic record in 1948. The vinyl LP had fine groves and a 33 1/3-speed, extending the […]

  • May 9 2016
  • 9 May 2016

Mountain Dulcimers are Music to Folk Instrument Collectors’ Ears

By any definition, mountain dulcimers (a.k.a. lap dulcimers, Appalachian dulcimers, Kentucky dulcimers, or other regional name variations) are an ideal collectible. They are arguably the […]

  • Jan 11 2016
  • 11 Jan 2016

Collectors Snap to Attention for Historic Field Drums

Church-bells ringing on Sunday morning are a familiar sound in communities all over America. There was a time, though, that the faithful were called to […]

  • Dec 22 2015
  • 22 Dec 2015

A Three-Minute Gift of Christmas Magic

I stomped the dirty slush off my boots as I push open the restaurant door, cursing the season and the phony Ho-Ho-Ho of it all, […]

  • Dec 3 2015
  • 3 Dec 2015

Christmas Music Albums, Sheet Music Offer Great Holiday Collectibles

By Barbara Sutton-Smith Bah Humbug! That was Ebenezer Scrooge’s iconic attitude to Christmas, and Christmas carols were definitely not music to his ears. But if […]

  • Dec 2 2015
  • 2 Dec 2015

Sounds of a Victorian Christmas: Original Carols Played on Original Instruments

If I had to admit to a Christmas-time pet peeve, it would be this: I’m a Scrooge when it comes to cover versions of classic […]

  • Oct 27 2015
  • 27 Oct 2015

The Sony Cassette Walkman Changed How and Where We Listened to Our Music

“No invention in my lifetime has so changed an art and cheapened it as the Sony Walkman, which first infiltrated our culture 25 years ago […]

  • Jun 12 2015
  • 12 Jun 2015

Wayne Henderson’s Hand-Made Guitars are the Perfect Collectible

Henderson guitars are certainly not the most expensive hand-made acoustic guitars. At about $5,000 (plus or minus) when new, their price pales in comparison to […]

  • Feb 17 2015
  • 17 Feb 2015

Working Manuscript to Don McLean’s Oft-Debated ‘American Pie’ Lyrics up for Auction

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie; took my lyrics to the auction hoping someone would buy. On April 7, 2015, Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee Don […]

  • Feb 9 2015
  • 9 Feb 2015

Evaluating an Antique American Piano Part One: Uprights – Finding a Diamond in the Rough

Old pianos are everywhere: in homes, institutions, churches and schools. Many of them are junk, but a fair number of them are marvelous instruments from […]