Closing: Noon, Central Standard Time; Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 Dear Fellow Record Collectors - WELCOME TO THE ONLINE VERSION
OF POLYPHONY’S AUCTION CATALOG #151! All items are offered at auction; the minimum acceptable bid for each is shown at the end of its listing. The deadline for receipt of bids is Noon, Central Standard Time; Tuesday, March 13th, 2018. INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONLINE: This version is the same as the print version except no bidsheet is provided, since you can simply send an e-mail with notation of your bids and lot numbers of the items in which you are interested. A brief description of the item helps to confirm correct lot number. If you wish to authorize me to charge your winnings to a credit card which I do not already have on file, I do not suggest that you send this information via e-mail since it is not secure. You may quote an account number via phone/FAX or mail in advance – or you may wait for me to send you a copy of your invoice. If you have questions, by all means e-mail me at the address above! SEE PAGE 5 FOR TABLE OF CONTENTS, PAGE 4 FOR ABBREVIATIONS,PAGE 3 FOR CONDITION GRADING. For those of you receiving one of my catalogs for the first time, here are a few comments about the contents and their arrangement. A listing is mono unless an asterisk or plus-sign appears at the start of the entry to indicate either true stereo (*) or electronic stereo (+). Unusual works and those with many artists are listed alphabetically by composer in repertoire sections. Familiar repertoire is usually listed by performer in an artist section. There are also sections where material is listed by label. I suggest browsing all sections!
I do some cross-referencing of artists, but you can use your computer to do any searches you like!
All items are offered at auction; the minimum bid for each is shown at the end of its listing. Deadline for receipt of bids is Tuesday, March 13th, 2018; Noon, Central Standard Time.
Auction Procedures First of all, relax! Because this is an auction rather than a fixed-price catalog, there is no need to rush to get ahead of other collectors. You should receive this catalog with at least a week to browse before having to send bids. If you did not receive your catalog in a timely manner, let me know so that I can try to remedy the problem in the future. This is a traditional blind auction: no "topping" bids are allowed, nor is information regarding the status of bids available to anyone before the auction's close, when your invoice will show your winning bids and the amount of the winning bid for any item upon which your bid was not successful.
Bids must be receivedby noon on Tuesday, March 13th. Polyphony's FAX number is: 847-831-5577. You may send E-mail to POLYPHONY2@AOL.COM (note the 2 in that address!) [E-mail is the ideal way to submit bids since I will generally acknowledge receipt within a few hours, and any questions which may arise can be addressed quickly and easily.] In case of ties, the earliest bid will be the winner. Send no money until you are notified of your winning bids (invoices are sent within a couple of days of the close, and all bidders are notified - even those with no winnings).
Winning bidders must send payment in full or deposit (see below) within 4 weeks. Orders paid by money order (or personal check from established customers) will be shipped within a day or two of receipt of payment. Personal checks on an individual's first order or two may require 2 weeks to clear. Foreign customers should make payment in U.S. dollars, payable through a U.S. bank. Foreign postal money orders denominated in U.S. dollars are also acceptable, as are wire transfers. Payment is also accepted through Visa, Mastercard, American Express & PayPal. You may pre-authorize credit card payment (discussed above).
Shipping and packing charges (with insurance) for U.S. orders are added at the rate of $7.50 for the first 3 LP's, tapes, or CD’s, and $.50 for each additional. Orders including books or 78's will have shipping charges computed individually, since larger boxes, more packing material, and greater weights are involved. Similarly, shipments of CD’s alone will cost a little less. Rates for foreign shipments by insured air mail (surface mail is no longer available as of May 2007) now $24.00 for the first LP or tape, and $6.00 for each additional. Canadian insured air mail rates are $21.00 (1st item); $4.00 (each additional).
I will reserve records for 6 months for a deposit of 10% of the invoice amount. Please understand that deposits are not refundable should you fail to remit the balance on time, nor does forfeiture of a deposit eliminate responsibility to make good on bids: individuals who do not honor their bids do not receive further catalogs.
Changes in standing bids (increases or decreases in amounts offered; additions to or withdrawals of bids) are accepted if I receive them by the auction's deadline. I expect bidders to make good on the offers standing on that date. If you wish to bid on more items than you can afford, please prioritize your bids and indicate the total that you can spend. I will run down your winning bids, stop at your limit, and bill you only for those.
Condition Grading Grading used records is difficult since a subjective element is always present and variations in equipment will cause differences in sound. My method: each disc is examined visually to note marks which may be audible. Such defects are auditioned and, in any case, each record is spot-checked in several places on both sides for surface noise and other defects which are not visible. Records are then graded by as follows:
FS - Factory-sealed
A - Records in the general category of A are in excellent condition. A record graded A- will be virtually perfect, but may have an occasional very light tick or slight noise in quiet passages: A- is my typical grade for a domestically-pressed disc which appears mint; it corresponds to the oft-used term "near-mint;" "A- to A" is used for the best foreign pressings and occasionally for unusually fine American ones.
B - Records in the general category of B are in good condition. They will have no serious scratches and will not suffer from breakup of the musical sound. A record graded B+ will have no scratches and only minor surface noise. A grade of B or B- indicates greater degrees of noise and may also involve light blemishes or scratches, but the degree of defect will not impair enjoyment of the music to a great extent.
C - These records are in fair condition. They will be playable, but noisy.
D - These records are in poor condition; perhaps unplayable.
If isolated portions of a disc sound worse than the grade indicates, specific flaws are noted in detail. A slash mark between grades indicates differences between sections of the disc, generally between sides. Mono discs are graded with the amplifier in mono mode.
Please bear two things in mind about my grading: First, because it is based on audition (rather than only visual inspection) it tells you not only how a record looks, but how it sounds: it is a rating not only of how well the record has been cared for but how well it was pressed to begin with. Second, the grade is assigned without regard for a record's age. A disc pressed in the 1950's and graded B+ is probably an excellent or mint copy of a typical pressing from that era. I try to be conservative in my grading, but if you receive a record which you feel is in condition inferior to its grade, you may return it within two weeks for full refund of its cost.
Happy Browsing!!! -- Larry Jones
Abbreviations (Record labels are often abbreviated: Col = Columbia; West = Westminster; etc.)
For pressing codes [in brackets] in audiophile sections, see header for that section. A few other sections have their own abbreviations; some are repeated here: D = Dolby (tapes); BC = Barclay Crocker issue (tapes); NL = no libretto (opera/choral repertoire)