The season for removing a large number of vinyl albums from my life has arrived. There are two major components to my collection. The first is a couple of thousand jazz LPs that I'm gradually and happily selling to a local record store at what I consider to be very reasonable prices.
The second large component is a few hundred classical saxophone LPs. I'm in no particular hurry to get rid of them, but let's say I'm starting to think more seriously about it, and it presents a bigger conundrum. First, they are likely to be much less liquid, so I'm not likely to find an easy outlet for selling them at a reasonable price like I've found for the jazz items. Second, the collection is comprehensive enough that some university music library might be interested in it. I'd probably consider donating them to the right institution, though I don't know exactly what the criteria for "right" would be. Somewhere that would strike a reasonable balance between caring for them and making use of them, for starters, I suppose. I recently learned the strange circumstances of a large jazz vinyl collection that was donated to a midwestern university - the donor was also enticed to put up a cash donation to cover the cost of cataloging the donated collection. That I would almost certainly be unwilling to do, and in any case that collection was several orders of magnitude larger than my classical sax collection, so it may not be an issue. I might consider a bulk sale to a collector if I found someone interested, though that might be my second preference. A third option would be individual sales on eBay, but I'm not to eager to face the time and hassle of that.
Does anyone have any thoughts (or leads even) to share with me? Places like Northwestern and Indiana already own copies of most or all of the records in my collection, so a donation would have to be to a school that for whatever reason hasn't been buying such records for the past 50 years. Feel free to reply here or PM me if you prefer.