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The World's Largest Record Collection

Paul Mawhinney

a film by Sean Dunne.

 | pall youhideme
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Croce e delizia..

This is from a couple of years ago, but it just popped out today to me while visiting vimeo.
Anyway, this is the story of mr. Paul Mawhinney, this man used to run a record shop in Pittsburgh, Record-Rama [> wiki], for over 30 years until the Summer of 2008. His HUGE collection - started in 50s as private, and later collecting a copy of each record sold, - was valued at USA $50 million in 2008, but - due to health issues and a struggling record industry, He decided to sell it for 3 on EBAY [> wired], "but the buyer never paid up" [> wiki]. No idea if He got any reimbursement.
Anyway, if You wonder why or if Music on vinyl sounds better than on CD, jump to 3'50'' to get Mawyhynney's opinion..
Hopefully someday soon some philanthropist will help Mawyhynney to make a museum of all this gold.

THE ARCHIVE from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.

From his website, an invite:

Dealers or Collectors,

I'm inviting you on a personal tour of the largest privately owned self-sufficient museum of music in the world. I have close to 2,500,000 recordings in the archive. It includes 45 RPM's, 78 RPM's, cassettes, and albums. I have created a database known as "MUSICMASTER" with close to 700,000 titles. I would consided your visit to the museum an honor. Please call and confirm the time and date of your visit at 412.367.7330.

If you would like to help support the survival of the archive before your visit, just send a check or money order to the address below. After 41 years, it's time to locate a new home for my life's work.

When you come to buy, your minimum commitment will be $5,000 for a full day. That will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will send a $500 deposit to secure your date. A full credit will be issued with your archive confirmation by email. The cost of recordings you need will be:
45 RPM's Boxed Surplus Stock (New)
$5 each or 3 for $10
Archive 45 RPM's (New) Half Price
Albums Your Choice - Half Price
All terms are cash - no credit cards
Orders include shipping cartons
Each booking is for one day only
If you want more time, you must book it under the same terms. [..]

Ps. there is also a story about Mawyhinney as main responsable for re-starting David Bowie's career in early 70s, - his efforts made possible to reissue via RCA the former flop of Space Odissey.. it would be interesting if Bowie backed up the version.

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 pall youhidemeOpen new window writes:

"In 2013, a friend of Mawhinney’s told him about a classified ad in Billboard Magazine: "RECORD COLLECTIONS. We BUY any record collection. Any style of music. We pay HIGHER prices than anyone else."  Mawhinney made contact with the buyer's agent, and in the fall of 2013, eight 16 meter long semis pulled up to Mawhinney's warehouse and departed with what remained of the archive. The buyer was Zero Freitas of São Paulo, Brazil, a Brazilian bus magnate. As of August 2014, Freitas had 17 interns cataloging and recording 500 records a day, and he planned to open an online museum. " [> wiki]
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