Q: How do I make an order?
A: Please e-mail to reserve
Click here to send an email:
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Please include a subject line that has the word bongos, as well
as your topic of interest.
Q: Why can't I see your
A: The above addresses are
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properly in your browser, please make sure Java Script is enabled.
If you are in frames from a referring site, some features may
not work on this site, including seeing email addresses.
Here are some alternate ways to contact me: On the bottom of
the site-search results page there is an email link. It also
appears on the bottom of the Advanced
Search page, or after saving your search preferences
in My Preferences.
Simply click one of those email links to contact me. If that
doesn't work, you can go to the auction
a-go-go page and use the form mail to contact me. If
all else fails, please send a postcard to my mailing address,
found below, and on the order
Q: How much is shipping?
A: Shipping for 1 or 2 record
albums is $5.00, which includes Media Mail and Delivery Confirmation
(tracking). No matter how large your order is, you never pay
more than $10 shipping for LPs. Shipping rates for Books, Movie
Trailers & Videos will vary. Priority Mail, Airmail, and/or
insurance is extra. Details can be found here: More
Q: Where do I send my
Please do not send payment without emailing first to reserve
Q: Why don't you take
A: Perhaps someday, but
right now phishing is too prevalent, and Paypal has not yet
adequately addressed this security problem. Furthermore, Paypal
offers no seller protection if you ship to an unconfirmed address,
and all non-U.S. addresses are 'unconfirmed' in Paypal's view,
& require expensive international registered mail. I prefer
to use traditional payment methods which provide greater security
& privacy for the buyer, such as a Postal Money Order.
Q: How do I know if a listing
is for an LP or CD?
A: Unless otherwise indicated,
all listings are Original Label Stereo USA 1st pressing 12"
black vinyl LPs, mostly from the 1950s, 1960s & 1970s. I will
list a Promo LP as 'DJ' only if the label indicates it, not
just the jacket. None of the LPs listed on this site have bar-codes
unless specified. If you see "More Info", you
can click it for additional details about that entry. With
so many items, it's hard to have a 'more info' page for each
& every title, so you are encouraged to write with any questions.
Q: How can I trust your
A: I have over 40 years
experience as a professional record dealer, and my accurate
record grading is reflected in my eBay feedbacks. Because there
are no returns or refunds, you are encouraged to ask questions
about an item before your purchase, to avoid any misunderstandings.
You'll know exactly what you will be getting, so your satisfaction
Q: I emailed but never
heard back. Why?
A: Perhaps your spam filters
are set too high. Please configure your email program to accept
email from the above addresses.
Q: Do you accept want
A: Yes, you can email your
want list, but please do not send it as an attachment. Pages
are updated daily, but I have many more titles available that
have not been listed yet, so if there is a particular item you
are looking for, please ask.
Q: Can I get a CD-R; DVD-R;
or HD DVD-R of a title instead?
A: Yes, certain titles or
custom compilations are available, but only by special request,
produced only on an as needed basis. 5% surcharge added for
transfer of LPs valued over $50. Dubs are made on studio grade
stand-alone audio or video equipment. Write for details.
Q: Why can't I find an
artist with the site search?
A: This site provides AltaVista
style search results, listed from the most relevant to least
relevant. The search results page collects text before & after
your key words (leaving out the punctuation), gives numbered
paragraphs with highlighted keywords where a match was FIRST
found on a given page within the site, and provides a link to
that particular page. Any matches further down that given page
are NOT shown in the results. For example, if you are searching
for Bob Dylan and you get a return for Harry Belafonte listing
Bob Dylan as a supporting musician, you will not see that further
down that page there are other titles with Bob Dylan. However,
the more often your keyword appears on a given page, the higher
the ranking in your search results.
Click the link to reach the target page, then use your browser's
'find' feature (Ctrl+F) to locate each instance of your keyword
on that particular page.
Please note: Boolean, quotes (""), asterisks (*), special characters
($+), or words with accent marks (Renée, choräle)
CAN NOT be used. A dash (-) is treated as part of the word.
ie: Shangra-Las, ex-Drifters, or pre-release, and can be used
as part of a single word search. Modifiers like And; Or, or
Not, should not be used on this site search. You should use
'Advanced Search' feature for filtering options.
The search is not case sensitive.
If you are searching for a particular record by a particular
artist & not having luck finding it with site search, try
visiting the category where you would expect to find that artist.
ie: Dizzy Gillespie would be listed in jazz; Johnny Cash in
country; or Bert & I in comedy.
By setting 'My Preferences'
you can opt to open your search results in a new browser window
or in the same window.
Q: Why can't I browse
the site by clicking on a picture of the item for the description?
A: With such a large number
of items available here, that would make for a very graphic-heavy
the interest of having pages load reasonably fast,
this is a text-oriented site.
Scans of specific items are available by request only if a detailed
description does not address your concerns.
Q: I reached this site
through a search engine but now I can't find the page I was
interested in. Are there any hard-to-reach pages on the site
that are not on the menu?
A: Yes, there are some.
You can use the 'Next' button at the bottom of a page to navigate
through each consecutive page of the site. While exploring,
be sure to visit these non-menu pages: Celebrity Vocals;
Radiola; Girly Pocket Digests
& Briefs; RCA
Stereo-Action Series; Classical Music;
Bros Loss-Leaders; Discography
of The Brood; Lyres
tapes... and other non-menu pages. For some levity,
dig the Funny Pages.
If all else fails, use the Site Map to
make sure you don't overlook any goodies being offered.
Q: Do you have a Facebook
A: Yes, and we run many
specials exclusively for our Facebook friends. Click
here to visit our Facebook page, and if you like us
on Facebook you'll receive $5 credit on your next order!
Q: Why don't some pages
display properly on my monitor?
A: This site is best viewed
using the latest Chrome browser, and degrades nicely in Mozilla
to view all the features. If you are using IE-8, please click
your 'Compatibility View' toolbar button, or better yet, from
the Command Bar, select Tools, & then select 'Compatibility
View Settings' to add this site. Also, make sure your monitor
has been calibrated for optimal image display. There are several
sites that offer simple guidelines for adjusting your
If you're using a PDA or mobile handheld device such as an iPhone
or Blackberry, then please use the free Google
Mobilizer tool and enter our homepage URL. Also, you
might find browsing this site from the site
map to be a bit easier if you are using a handheld.
Q: If I order, will you
send me updates about new additions?
A: No. I do not save email
addresses or send newsletters. Currently, various pages on the
site get updated every day. Many pages are still incomplete.
I suggest bookmarking the site (from the home page), and checking
your favorite categories on a regular basis for new additions.