Diminutive Audio Equipment as Collectible
Musical toys are some of the most sought-after audio equipment in avant garde music genres. This phenomenon has made primitive, electronic instruments into collectibles. In addition to the sheer novelty of collecting poor quality, low-fi objects, the idea of toy keyboards from the eighties as collectibles speaks to the high-speed rate of progress in audio.
Beatlemania took the country by storm in 1964, the year the Beatles appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Members of the Fab Four included George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr (who replaced original drummer Pete Best in 1962). The most desirable items were produced between 1964 and 1968 and are marked “NEMS.” The […]
Music = Memories
My addiction to music began when I was about 10 years old, with my first transistor radio, listening to the WMCA Good Guys (on the air from late 1960 to 1970 out of NYC). The constant rotation of the Top 40 insured that I learned all the lyrics to “Wooly Bully”, “Help Me Rhonda”, “I Got You, Babe” and dozens of others. That’s when Cher became my idol.
CBS Fender Instruments: A Turning Point in Quality and Value?
January 3, 1965 is an important date for Fender instrument collectors because it’s when Leo Fender and Don Randall sold their company to CBS Broadcasting for $13 million. Leo remained working in R&D and Randall became General Manager, but their company was never the same again.