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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 6:50 pm Reply with quote
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I watched a doco show last evening about serious collectors.

No Jon wasn't on it but his equal was.

This guys passion was music cd's from 1920 to current.

He lived in a 2 bedroom flat and had filled it up.
Every wall, cupboard, the tiniest space including the bath was given over to his collection.

When he ran out of room he bought the flat next door and put a door through to it and away he went again.

When he filled that up he bought the next one etc etc.
Now owns 6 in a row.

Has a staff of 3 working for him and estimates he has spent half a million quid just on the CD's.

Good thing he isn't into watches I suppose.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:51 pm Reply with quote
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Good Gosh!

How much did he spend on the Flats??? They prob cost more than the CD's.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 1:56 am Reply with quote
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They valued his collection at 350,000 pounds.

The profit on the flats is well in excess of that so he is well ahead.

Forgot to mention nothing is for sale and he still buys new stuff daily.

The staff help with filing/sorting and research requests.

The guy is a retired property developer and this has become his life.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:51 am Reply with quote
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He should be collecting LPs. Some of the early CDs tend to deteriorate and become useless.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 9:04 am Reply with quote
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darrah wrote:
He should be collecting LPs. Some of the early CDs tend to deteriorate and become useless.


Seconded; not to mention that cds are an inferior product to lps. Compare the end of a track on an lp with that of a cd, and you'll often hear noticible sound drop-off on the cd.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:53 pm Reply with quote
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Problem with LP's is you can't get all the modern stuff on that medium.

Space was also mentioned.

For sure it is not something I would collect but I say live and let live.

I also recall he didn't play the things and spent most of his time listening to the radio.

Takes all sorts I suppose.

There was also a guy who collected teddy bears.
He was a young Asian guy. Don't recall where he was from.
He decided to sell of part of his collection to finance a move to Hong Kong
He sold 20% ( likely the dups and lesser stuff ) and got over 80,000 pounds at auction. Wonder what the rest was worth.

The final guy was a retired musician who collected drum kits.
Had a lot of those highly decorated ones from the big band era.
As I recall he had over 400 drums.
He also was not interested in selling and was hoping his collection would go into a museum of some sort.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:20 pm Reply with quote
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Some of you all may know that I've been into collecting Macintoshes for a few years now in addition to watches.

The nice thing is that I'm sort of getting in on the "ground floor" where a lot of stuff is still cheap and often even free for the asking. Even relative rarities(short of a few pieces like the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh) are not that expensive.

I have some super rare freebies. There's a Macintosh 512Ke in my office that I bought cheap, and sitting under it is an extraordinarily rare working HD20(the first hard drive Apple made) sitting under it that was free. I often get laughed at for the mini-museum in my office with everything from the 512Ke to the Macbook Pro I use every day and a whole lot of stuff in-between.

The big downside is the space that these things take up.
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Well, at least they are not steam tractors. Cool

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 10:10 pm Reply with quote
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Those who bought steam tractors years ago before people noticed them are doing very nicely thank you and get to play with them as well.

None of this white glove business and keeping them locked away in the bank.

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darrah wrote:
Well, at least they are not steam tractors. Cool


LOL.


Now, the boys who collect classic cars are to me in a world of their own in that the damn things are often big bucks to acquire or big bucks to restore + time (!), and then you have to buy or rent a warehouse to store 'em. That's a helluva hobby. Nice things no doubt, but a high-priced ticket to really get into it.
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I am not sure this guy is having such a terrible time -

https://www.youtube.com/user/JayLenosGarage

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:53 am Reply with quote
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The TV show I saw this on is actually a series.

If you want to see more look here.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03yhd4d

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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 4:49 pm Reply with quote
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Stephen,
I happened upon a cache of Engines And Engineers back issues. This is a bi-monthly U.S. publication that talks about early machines including tractors, hit and miss engines and other farm machines and their restoration. Interesting to me because I like machines. I kept a bunch and sold a bunch. Ever heard of it?
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I haven't heard of that one but there are some really interesting publications floating around. A lot of the early stuff had some fantastic drawings in them.

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One of the editions I have has a section of New Zealand tractors etc. That rang a bell!

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