Selection: Wham and they’re off (Mobley)
Art Farmer (trumpet) Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone) Horace Silver (piano) Doug Watkins (bass) Art Blakey (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, March 8, 1957
It’s not BN 1568, but it’s nice, the young Mobley, a few years short of developing his full tone. As much an Art Farmer or Horace Silver album, a little short measure of Hank, but that cover beats everything: tenor swagger. There’s no mincing around with a tenor, it means business, a big Detroit clunker.
The point of the post LJC?
No, I don’t have an original, it’s a teaser, there is two days until the Ebay auction of an original Blue Note 1550 Hank Mobley Quintet closes, at the time of writing, 23rd January, 2014. Watch here:
Not a record that turns up very often, the other Mobley, still very desirable. A bit of fun, try out a new game, play live Fantasy Ebay. Guess the final price. We have a “poll” in advance of auction close, with a range of possible closing prices. Two days to run, ends January 23rd. Hurry. You don’t have to bid for it for real, just throw in your valuation, see what it might have cost you to win. We will all know on the 24th.
Study the Popsike form, that’s what the trophy hunters will be doing. It has a long nose, everything depends on the one collectors deep pockets. The bulking of the tail of the price range is merely reissues, Japanese like mine, and filler-quality copies, not an indication of the value to serious collectors..
Check the live listing if you want to check the seller reputation, and the credibility of other bidders who have shown their hand already. (something which I recommend you never do. Do not give your opponents the benefit of knowing your position. It’s a vanity thing to show your hand.)
Now place your bets, final auction result is two days time, 23rd January, 2014.My gosh that cover is beautiful. What do you think it will go for?
If you still need convincing, read all about it.
My Japanese copy was I think the personal copy of the former manager of Mole Jazz, Euston, Andy W who had this reputation for moving vinyl to and fro Japan, but at that time I was shopping in Mole for fusion jazz, foolishness of youth. This was an early addition to the born-again Londonjazzcollector, many decades later.
Vinyl: Cheapskate Alert! C’mon, you weren’t expecting the original 47 West 63rd were you? Toshiba, respectable vintage reissue, 1984, 154 gram vinyl. Compare the Japanese label with the original. No Toshiba, no! Wrong label – 47 West 63rd New York 23. Lack of attention to detail.
The idea of guess the price has emerged from exchange with DG Mono, all credit due to sparking the idea. I take full responsibility if it bombs, but I’m not resigning.
The Result: $1,430
50 visitors to LJC voted, thank you for that, and the wisdom of crowds was obviously in short supply this time around. Some overcooking, some undercooking, third place got it exactly right though second place gets an honourable mention.
1 $1,000 – 1,250 20% (10 votes)
2 $1,501-1,175 18% (9 votes)
3 $1,251 – 1,500 16% (8 votes)
4 $1,176 – 2,000 16% (8 votes)
5 less than $1,000 10% (5 votes)
6 $2001 – 2,250 8% (4 votes)
7 $2,251 – 2,500 6% (3 votes)
8 $2,501 – 2,750 2% (1 votes)
9 $2,751 – 3,000 2% (1 votes)
10 $3,251 – 3,500 2% (1 votes)
11 $3,001 – 3,250 0% (0 votes)
12 $3,501 – 3,750 0% (0 votes)
13 $3,751 – 4,000 0% (0 votes)
14 More than $4,000 0% (0 votes)
Votes cast: 50
How the bidding unfolded:
The 2nd placed price-setter g***h laid a snipe with six seconds lead time by the looks of it, but the winner u***1 played it very cool – put an XXL bid down several hours before close; must have been confident it wouldn’t be leapfrogged. Sad bit is all those real collectors with two-digit scores or low three digit scores. They are what I call normal. Throw a lot of money but not enough to stick.
The winner’s 30-day bid history:
111 bids in thirty days, which includes over Christmas and the new year holidays. I have been beaten into second place by u***1 several times recently, and I was placing realistic bids. Whoever he is, he must place an XXXL bid, knowing second placed will usually be sensible. He is not the imfamous Adhourodi1947, the trading account of Tokyo’s Disc Union stores (which ebay anonymises to a***4) Though that volume of bids a day suggests a dealer rather than a collector. May be its Tokyojazzcollector’s other account, I don’t know.
Be interesting to see if he leaves any trace through feedback or not. I have followed up I think this guy before and if it’s the same one they never leave feedback. It’s not personal, it’s business.
An Ebay “Selfie” – where LJC beats u***1 hands down, only to have victory snatched from me by a newbie. Don’t you just hate that? This was intended to be my Christmas present to myself, my favourite Rollins I have been after for several years, and this is way over my house limit for a very special record, but to no avail.
Seems u***1 has learned a few lessons, and upped the ante. Interestingly, u***1’s score has risen by only 6 in the last month, from 1102 to 1108. Still, if that is six premium priced records like these, that is still some monthly expenditure on records.