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  1. The gadget portrayed is unlikely to work, and if you choose to use the service advertised there is a no-money back guarantee so you will certainly lose out. All you can do with badly warped records is play them on old-fashioned turntables with heavy tonearms.
  2. Not even small quantities, just tiny numbers. Even 1012 is pretty rare but the number of surviving copies of ‘She’s Fire’ is miniscule.
  3. Interesting...higher than Jack Montgomery and some others worth having. The third release by the C.O.D’s so certainly more copies pressed than Kellmac 1010 and 1012, the last throw of the dice.
  4. Robert Pruter explains the situation on pages 172-173 of Chicago Soul. Although ‘Michael’ was a Billboard chart success, the costs of pressing it up were huge and returns disproportionate. Kellmac contracted George Leaner’s Onederful label firm to do their distribution but this was disadvantageous to the company. Subsequent releases of the C.O.D.’s lacked the melodic quality of their early hit so failed to get radio station airplay or sales. ‘She’s Fire’ was released as Kellmac 1010 in 1967. By now, all the principals of the company are broke and the C.O.D.’s disbanded. Interestingly, Kellmac 1011 featuring the Combinations ‘What ‘Cha Gonna Do’ is also dead rare. Clearly Kellmac had no money to press up their final records in quantity. I suspect George Leaner would not have extended any credit to Kellmac given their lack of airplay and low sales. I wonder if Leaner regarded Kellmac as unwanted competition to his stable of labels, so was reluctant to help Singleton and Brownlee out? Both of the mega-rare Kellmac releases sold for over $8,000 apiece in 2012 so this figure could well be topped later today.
  5. Jud’s video clips brought real enjoyment to many. One day, I hope he makes a comeback. Maybe the poster of YouTube clips should have sole editing rights to put the sad tossers out of business.
  6. Depends on who’s interested. A top Northern DJ would be my preference. There are Chicago label hunters who collect by number so this would be a nice filler copy. There’s also the Mystery Shopper of Malibu Beach (no, not Harry) who has millions in the bank and is scooping the rarest of the rare at auctions.
  7. Dollars. Not much difference between dollars and pounds nowadays...
  8. All early bids have been cancelled. The auction has been re-started. Looks like the record has been given an extra clean to produce a better sound. I reckon someone with loadsa money has been speeding things up a bit to clinch the auction. I expect it to go above 5K now.
  9. Thanks for posting. Most reassuring that the crazy prices I paid for some of these are higher than ever, therefore justifying splashing out in the first place...
  10. Topped £1,234 within 24 hours. Sounds OK despite VG- grade. Shame it never had a widespread release compared to their other songs which number amongst the commonest Chicago collectibles.
  11. Condition a limiting factor... Was hoping nobody would notice and skip over thinking just another copy of Michael or I’m A Good Guy...
  12. Just learned that record stores in Michigan have been told to close, like here in Britain I guess. The store owners are self employed so under pressure to earn a living and cover costs. Online shopping will help some store owners to get by but it will be tough on both sides of the Atlantic. If you are stuck in the house, music will be one of the few pleasures during the grim weeks and months ahead so a few record purchases may help keep some businesses ticking over.
  13. What condition is the condition in? The two I’ve see for sale in Pittsburgh were on the rough side.
  14. Not a find as such. He’s lucked onto a small hoard left behind by the artist or producer. The better finds at present are from estate sales of record company executives, representatives and employees such as the hauls coming out of Santa Cruz and Terre Haute. The trick is to drip them out one by one without flooding the market - now the Larry Allen cat is out of the bag, we may see the price fall. I hope so as I was getting fed up of my bids not winning.

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