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I've always wanted to do this but two things hinder me
- a high spinal cord injury that severely limits the of my hands
- the lack of knowledge and price range of equipment to
adequately do the job
The first can be overcome due to the fact that I have an amazing
wife. The process would be slow but it would be interesting to
learn and contribute. Could you give me an idea regarding my second
On 11/13/20 9:11 AM, David Oxford
Old Time Radio
I need to see if there is any interest in
attempting to purchase abot 3700 reels from Radioarchives.
I've been in contact with the Purchasing Group but very few
members have a functioning reel to reel deck. I'm now asking
the main group for volunteers. I need members will
reel to reel decks that are interested in
digializing reels of interest from this collection.
The reels have been stored at Radio Archives since
being purchased in 2006. I’m assured the reels are in good
shape and are of high quality. There are about 3700 with an
asking price of $3700. The reels that can be shipped in about
100 boxes of 37 reels for about $17/box. The cost of media
mail is therefore $1700. The total is $5400. I can probably
get a little discount by offering to pay off the reels rather
than pay them off over 2 years.
Here’s an email I received asking for more information on the
I bought the collection from Radio Showcase in
2005 or 2006. Steve Keletz was an old time dealer and traded
with all the top dealers to assemble this collection during
the 1980s and 1990s.I was not given
an inventory of the main collection. There is a sub
collection which is referred to as the Stan Falk collection.
I’m not sure how Steve acquired this part of the collection
but it is the gem of the collection. Stan was one of the
California collectors who did his own transfers from
transcription discs in the 1960s and 1970s. This collection
is catalogued in a 3 ring binder and will be sent to the
buyer of the reels. [Estimated 300
Radioarchives address is 1402 S Kahuna
Dr, Spokane Valley, WA 99212-3258
I would like
someone who could pick up the reels and be the manager
of their ultimate disbursement. If no one is available
to pick them up, they can be sent media mail for about
$17 a box of 37. I
don’t have room for 100 boxes of reels in my house. I
won’t and can’t digitalize 3700 tapes. If you could
take a portion of the reels let me know. Perhaps you
could take 5 boxes or 10 boxes. Perhaps 20 of us can
take reels and disburse them.
The main problem I see are these reels will duplicate
many already existing files and may not be an upgrade.
Separating the wheat from the chaff with be the problem.
The hope is to find some upgrades and some "lost"
If you can only store reels, you’d be requested to mail
some reels to a collaborator with a reel to reel deck.
(Surely someone can help!) You’d be reimbursed media
mail for sending. You should have a cool, dry space,
preferably air-conditioned to store the reels. Whoever ends up with the reels may own them.
post general questions or comments to the group.
If you can pick up the reels, store and/or mail
to others, or have a functioning reel to reel deck
please email me directly. I need to make
a decision about purchasing the reels. I've procrastinated
If there aren't enough volunteers I'll have
to stop my attempts to purchase this collection.
Oxford, moderator OTRR Purchasing Group