This story is astonishing and the video is more compelling than anything I can really add to it. From the first words out of this man’s mouth, it seems inconceivable that his collection hasn’t garnered more attention. From the first flat record, pressed in 1881, to a Rolling Stones album that was never commercially released, Paul Mawhinney’s record collection is nothing short of a monument to the glory of vinyl. 83% of the music he has on his shelves cannot be found for purchase anywhere in the world.
The tragedy, however, is that Mawhinney cannot hold on to his collection forever. Today, he is actively trying to sell his records to another collector who can carry on his mission. The total value of the collection is estimated at $50 million (if you can put an exact dollar value on such a vast catalog of music history), but Mawhinney is only asking for $3 million. Still, he has yet to have a serious offer for the collection. There has to be someone somewhere in the wide world of music lovers who sees the value of these recordings and the dying format with which they are presented. Mawhinney makes a very compelling argument for why vinyl sounds so much better than digitally recorded music and, if nothing else, this video is worth watching for the sheer passion this man has for music and for his collection.