What We Don't Buy

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The 78 RPM records we are looking for are those that are scarce, obscure, and sought-after. It is important to note that just because 78’s are “old” doesn’t make them valuable. In fact, most 78’s encountered have little or no value.

typical household

There are many millions of 78’s still in existence and most of the inquiries we receive which we must say “No” to concern the typical household accumulation of mass-produced records that were played at home and on the radio.

We do not buy any of
these 78 RPM album sets:

  • Big Band, Easy Listening, Pop, Classical, Opera, etc.
  • No Soundtracks, Broadway Show Tunes, Original Cast 
  • No Comedy, Children’s, Travel, Box Sets such as Reader’s Digest or Time-Life, Foreign language, or Exercise
  • No Country, Gospel, Easy Listening, Big Band, Dixieland, Samplers with different artists, Greatest Hits

We do not buy any 70’s,
80’s and 90’s Rock, Pop
and Soul artists

No John Denver, Elton John, Jackson Brown, Madonna, Alabama, Boston, Air Supply, Michael Jackson, Olivia Newton John, etc, etc. 

For your convenience, we have complied the following LISTS OF ARTISTS THAT WE DO NOT BUY.

Exception 1: We don’t buy the artists below unless they are part of a collection or accumulation that includes some of the rare records described elsewhere  on this site. 

Exception 2: We buy records from the artists below on labels other than those shown in parentheses. For example, with Louis Armstrong, we do buy his records on the OKeh and Columbia(Black) labels, or with Jimmie Davis, we do buy his records on the Bluebird and Victor labels.

1939-1950’s Pop, Big Band, Swing Artists That We Don’t Buy

Larry AdlerFour PrepsVera Lynn
Ames BrothersJudy GarlandJohnny Maddox
Andrews SistersArthur GodfreyCharles Magnante
Louis Armstrong(Decca, RCA)Al GoodmanMantovani
Pearl BaileyGogo GrantDean Martin
Don BakerGlen Gray(Decca, RCA)Tony Martin
Charlie BarnetJerry GrayAl Martin
Count BasieKen GriffinJohnny Mathis
Harry BelafonteLionel HamptonClyde McCoy
Tex BenekeHarmonicatsMcGuire Sisters
Tony BennettErskine HawkinsJohnny Mercer
Pat BooneDick HaymesGlenn Miller
Jimmy BoydTed HeathMitch Miller
Will BradleyWoody HermanMills Brothers
Les BrownTiny HillBorrah Minevitch
Billy ButterfieldAl HirtVaughn Monroe
Cab Calloway(Columbia, Vocalion)Harry HorlickRalph Marterie
Eddie CalvertPee Wee HuntModernaires
Frankie CarleJane HuttonPatti Page
Larry ClintonInk SpotsTony Pastor
Rosemary ClooneyJoni James.Les Paul
Nat King ColeGordon JenkinsPied Pipers
Perry ComoAl Jolson(Decca)Johnnie Ray
Ray ConniffSpike JonesJoe Reisman
Don CornellDick JurgensDebbie Reynolds
Crew CutsBeatrice KayAndy Russel
Bing Crosby(Decca)Danny KayeJan Savitt
Bob CrosbySammy KayeRaymond Scott
Xavier CugatMonty KellyArtie Shaw
Vic DamoneStan KentonDinah Shore
Bobby DarinWayne KingFrank Sinatra
Sammy Davis Jr.John KirbyFreddie Slack
Dennis DayAndre KostelanetzCharlie Spivak
Doris DayGene KrupaJo Stafford
Martin DennyKay Kyser(Columbia)Kaye Starr
Jimmy Dorsey(Decca)Frankie LaineGale Storm
Tommy Dorsey(RCA)Mario LanzaClaude Thornhill
Eddie DuchinJulius LaRosaTommy Tucker
Bob EberlyJulia LeeBilly Vaughn
Ziggy ElmanPeggy LeeFred Waring
Percy FaithDick LeibertLawrence Welk
Eddie FisherLiberaceAndy Williams
Shep FieldsEnoch LightRoger Williams
Ralph FlanaganBig Tiny LittleWeavers
Helen ForrestGuy LombardoMarek Weber
Four AcesJulie LondonPaul Weston
Four FreshmenJohnny LongLew White
Four LadsNellie LutcherMargaret Whiting

Opera, Symphonic, Classical & Misc. That We Don’t Buy

Frances AldaJascha HeifetzPhiladelphia Orchestra
Elsie BakerLouise HomerSergei Rachmaninoff
Enrico Caruso(Victrola)Fritz KreislerTito Ruffo
Columbia Symphony OrchestraNancy KulpErnestine Schumann-Heink
Edith DayHarry LauderShannon Quartet
Emilio DeGogorzaLucy Isabelle MarshVictor Concert Orchestra
Giuseppe deLucaJohn McCormackVictor Light Opera Co.
Mischa ElmanLambert MurphyVictor Symphony Orchestra
Geraldine FarrarEugene OrmandyReinald Werrenrath
Amelita Galli-CurciIgnacy Jan PaderewskiEfrem Zimbalist

1930’s—1950’s Country Artists That We Don’t Buy

Roy AcuffSkeeter DavisGene O’Guin
Eddy ArnoldDelmore Brothers(King)Patsy Montana
Bob AtcherAl DexterSpade Cooley
Gene Autry(Columbia, Okeh)Flatt and ScruggsWebb Pierce
Blue Sky Boys(King)Wally FowlerRay Price
Bill CarlisleStuart HamblinTex Ritter
Molly BeeGoldie HillRoy Rogers
Johnny BondHomer and JethroShelton Brothers
Elton BrittBuddy JonesSweet Violet Boys
BrownsGeorge JonesHank Thompson
Cliff BrunerGrandpa JonesErnest Tubb(Decca)
Buchanan BrothersHoosier HotshotsKitty Wells
Cowboy CopasLittle Jimmy DickensSlim Whitman
Davis SistersBill MonroeHank Williams(MGM)
Jimmie Davis(Decca)Montana SlimBob Wills(Columbia)