78 RPM Record Collections Purchased | Mark Berresford RARE RECORDS | Mark Berresford



However, please read this carefully before contacing me...

Wanting to sell a quality 78 rpm record collection (not an accumulation)? Look no further! We pay top prices and travel almost anywhere for the RIGHT stuff. 

However, please bear in mind that 90+% or more of old records are the WRONG STUFF and have little or no monetary value, with most ending up as drinks coasters or as landfill.  If you have boxes of Religious, Classical Orchestral, Gilbert & Sullivan, Opera singers you've heard of (Caruso, Gigli, McCormack etc),  Brass Bands, 1950s non-Rock & Roll, 'popular' singers such as Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Gracie Fields, Pat Boone, Guy Mitchell, Swing and Dance Bands such as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Victor Silvester etc, these are of little interest, so save your typing fingers (and mine) - only one in 1000 is worth more than a few pence! Take them to the nearest charity shop or rubbish tip! 

On the other hand these are the sort of items we are particularly keen to purchase...

1920s - early 1930s Jazz, Blues 78s on Original Issues (NOT REISSUES). That means in 90% of cases American labels such as OKeh, Gennett, Victor, Paramount, Pathe or Vocalion for instance, although we are always keen to buy more unusual European jazz and hot dance band 78s, particularly those made in Germany, Britain and France in the 1920s and early 1930s. 

We are not interested in collections that mainly comprise of Parlophone, HMV, Brunswick, Tempo, Vogue, Esquire, Jazz Collector or Decca reissues of the late-1930s to the 1950s; these are the sort of labels that make up the vast majority of jazz collections started by British 'trad' enthusiasts at that time, as US original issues were nigh-impossible to obtain due to stringent exchange control regulations.  Unfortunately, due to the sheer numbers still available, such records have little monetary value nowadays (although the music is undeniably marvellous!). If such collections contain small quantities of US original issues we may be interested in purchasing those items only.

Post-War Blues records on 78, 45 and LP - again originals, not reissues.

Ethnic African, Caribbean and Jewish 78s, particularly 1920s/30s Caribbean records, Klezmer bands, Jewish comedy, sub-Saharan African, Township Jive and other ethnic dance music.

1897-1935  Music Hall 78s and Cylinders (but not Billy Williams, Harry Lauder and Florrie Forde), Vaudeville and Original Cast Theatre Records.  Single-sided 7" and 10” Berliners, Nicoles and Gramophone Concert 78s of this material particularly wanted.

Cylinders of Music Hall, Musical Comedy, Jazz and Opera.

Phonographs and Gramophones, especially unusual makes/models.

Rare and Unusual Record Labels - Advertising and Promotional Records, Berliners and all other pre-1902 labels (Zon-O-Phone, pre-dog Gramophone & Typewriter Co., Monarch and pre-dogVictor), Test Pressings, Odd Sizes, Spoken Word by Historic Personalities, Picture Discs etc.

Photographs, Posters and Ephemera relating to Jazz, Blues and Theatre/Music Hall artists and general gramophone ephemera.

Contact or call us with a brief description of the collection, giving details of some of the items and we can advise further - but bear in mind our comments above before spending time typing lists!!