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    Lieutenant Commander, Concertmaster CMB's Avatar
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    so I went to the estate sale of an opera singer

    but it was in Michigan, so 99% of the list won't be interested, because she
    - wasn't famous
    - didn't sing at the Met

    for those of you who are interested, it was great fun for me, and frustrating for 99.9% of the people at the sale, who knew NOTHING about opera.

    I actually chased people out of the basement where the records were stored, because a couple of Homers who were looking for 1950s-60s doo wop were dropping and breaking 45s of Marian Anderson on the cement floor.
    Almost all the 78s were broken by people who were sorting through everything like pigs at a trough.

    I did manage to rescue one Victrola record by Ernestine-Schumann Heink, and a lovely assortment of 45s with the original dust jacket cardboard sleeves in mint condition:
    a complete Otello with Toscanini, Nelly, Vinay, Valdengo
    about 8 discs of Maria Cebotari, a few of them duets with Heinrich Schlusnus
    Gigli-DeLuca duets
    3 Freida Leider discs, conducted by Barbirolli
    Nan Merriman singing Debussy
    Gladys Swarthout in La Perichole
    Dorothy Maynor, Leinsdorf conducting
    Marian Anderson singing Schubert
    Fedora Barbieri in Trovatore
    Hermann Prey discs
    many Gerard Souzay discs
    Jan Peerce singing Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
    Erna Berger - Brahms
    Jennie Tourel - Offenbach
    Rita Gorr- Les Troyens and La Vestale'
    Lucerzia Bori

    all of these will get converted to digital and entered into the station playlist.

    ...and those are just the 45s.
    I also picked up full 33 1/3 sets, but not many. The estate sale manager was more interested in what her movie card lobby cards would go for, and would not negotiate at all, so I had to leave behind a LOT of box sets. (sigh)

    I also picked up a few large coffee table books of various opera houses and complete collections of sheet music.

    It was very entertaining watching the disappointment on the faces of the rednecks who thought they were going to score some antiques to resell.
    They left lovely 1920s era evening dresses on the FLOOR of the closet.

    All in all, an entertaining day - I wished I had had a listmember with me to share the fun.
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    Hi CMB,

    What a neat find ... and the wonderful things you were able to retrieve from that estate sale.

    Sounds as if the organizers of the estate sale were un-experienced at this sort of venue - it takes lots of thought and people to run an effective estate sale like that, just to prevent needless damage as you saw.

    I work part time in a thrift store (aka charity shop) and we are involved in a good many estate sales - and the treasures that abound in those are many.

    You might return after a few days to see if those other 33-1/3 sets got sold - if not, and if it's at the end of the sale, the estate people might negotiate as they surely don't want to pack all that stuff up again ... and it may wind up being donated anyway.

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    You did well there, a good collection.

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    You certainly hit gold. Congratulations. I think Lars's suggestion about a return visit is a good one. You never know what might happen.
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    Far-out, dude! Congrats on what you were able to salvage after the swine had rifled through the picking'........
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    Hi John Watt,

    No, I would never stomp on it. And no, I don't pre-forgive, because no offense was taken. MIMF is my "extended family" on the web and I love my extended family.
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    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

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    Admiral Honkenwheezenpooferspieler Corno Dolce's Avatar
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    Br. John Watt,

    Hahahaha ----- You joker, you : - D

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    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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    Admiral Honkenwheezenpooferspieler Corno Dolce's Avatar
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    Yeah, I read that article too - Pity that the experiment did not take place in a reverberant room - Then one really finds out what separates the strads from the others.
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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