Post by sneezertwinsstuff on Aug 26, 2019 12:15:31 GMT -5
We are in the process of finding the value of my grandmother's Edison cylinders. They range from poor to good shape, the majority being gold moulded and amberol. I'd like to find out what genres are most in demand. I have one that is a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt. How do I go about finding this information? Thanks!
Post by lucius1958 on Aug 26, 2019 21:11:24 GMT -5
Condition is a key factor: a cylinder that is badly damaged by mold will have little or no value, unless it is an extreme rarity.
Another is desirability: collectors often look for famous or popular artists like Sophie Tucker, Marie Dressler, Vess Ossman, Collins & Harlan, and others. Run-of-the-mill sentimental songs will not fetch as much as genres like ragtime, vaudeville, or exotic selections. Case in point: your Roosevelt cylinder, if in excellent condition, could fetch a high price on Ebay, should you post it there.
Alas, one cannot make a hard-and-fast statement about monetary values without inspecting the cylinders themselves; but if you research the prices for which similar records in the same condition have sold online, you might be able to get a rough estimate of what to ask. With an auction, you can set the starting bids at a reasonable price, and let the bidders determine what they will be willing to pay.