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 Post subject: THE STUTTERING COON "POSSUM PIE".
PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:38 am 
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I am selling my Collins and Harlan 1904 "The Stuttering Coon" on ebay. Starting bid is only 99 cents.


I appreciate the history of these records, but I am not really a fan of owning these racist records. Not that collecting them is wrong, its just not my cup of tea :coffee:



-Travis


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 Post subject: Re: THE STUTTERING COON "POSSUM PIE".
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:41 pm 
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It looks like you will come out well. I didn’t know that this type of recording was in demand. I’m with you in that it is not to my taste.


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 Post subject: Re: THE STUTTERING COON "POSSUM PIE".
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It looks like you will come out well. I didn’t know that this type of recording was in demand. I’m with you in that it is not to my taste.


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 Post subject: Re: THE STUTTERING COON "POSSUM PIE".
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:41 pm 
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Holy Smokes!!!
I have a young child in the house and I culled all of my race records a few months ago. Sold most for 5-10 each....had no idea they had value. Pretty sure I had this record too.


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 Post subject: Re: THE STUTTERING COON "POSSUM PIE".
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:44 pm 
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I collect these because of the history involved. This one is above my paygrade. After the sale, you'll be able to get something really nice.
Harvey Kravitz


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 Post subject: Re: THE STUTTERING COON "POSSUM PIE".
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:43 pm 
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Phonofreak wrote:
I collect these because of the history involved. This one is above my paygrade. After the sale, you'll be able to get something really nice.
Harvey Kravitz



I am super excited watching the auction! I didn't know I had any records worth this much! :o I already started searching for new phono stuff to buy with the money :P


If anyone has any cheap external horned phonos for sale for around $300 send me a PM (impossible long shot at that price I know).


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 Post subject: Re: THE STUTTERING COON "POSSUM PIE".
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:10 am 
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I've got both kinds of music--classical & rag-time.
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Travis,

It's not an impossible long shot. I bought a BN Graphophone from Jerry B at that price--actually for $250. No regrets. Of course it was in really rough (1980s refinished) shape and I have done a bunch of work to it, reconstructing the top board with new veneer and the old core, etc. All that's left to do now is the horn & some minor cosmetics before her big debut.

Also, I bought a Fireside for $225 from a forum member whose name escapes my mind at the moment. It was working but hammered, missing the K reproducer & horn. Now this morning it still has some work left to do on it (nickel plating, reproducer tuning, and repair on the 2-4 clutch) but it plays really nicely!

Edison Standard Model A, 1904--I'd sell you that one but I still have to get your WWI records out the door before you pay me for them. It cost me $225 as well. Battered but beautiful and it plays quite nicely for 115 years old.

Victor III Talking Machine--1907-09, cost me $328 at auction.

Edison Model E Standard, 1911--tripped over it on the floor of an antiques shop, cost $128.

They're out there! You will find a lot of projects. If you don't like owning coon records, I suggest selling them all and stocking up on projects--and, if African-American music sounds better than corny vaudeville stuff, hunt down records by black artists. Lots of them were made and lots are still in print. I like Jimmie Lunceford & Count Basie, and for a serious vintage flair, Polk Miller's Old South Quartet. Ok, Polk was as white as I am, but the rest of his guys weren't. Great musicians all of them, and some titles are still in print via Edisonia Records in the 4-minute cylinder format.


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 Post subject: Re: THE STUTTERING COON "POSSUM PIE".
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:18 am 
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travisgreyfox wrote:
Phonofreak wrote:
I collect these because of the history involved. This one is above my paygrade. After the sale, you'll be able to get something really nice.
Harvey Kravitz



I am super excited watching the auction! I didn't know I had any records worth this much! :o I already started searching for new phono stuff to buy with the money :P


If anyone has any cheap external horned phonos for sale for around $300 send me a PM (impossible long shot at that price I know).


Donley’s Auction starts at 11:00 Eastern Daylight Time today. You might find a bargain there.


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