Well greetings from the UKFirst. I hope this is the correct location in the forum to post this question. "Use this forum to discuss what you can do to preserve your vintage equipment......". By "preserving," I'm talking about when I'm gone.
I'm not sure what's going to happen when someday, hopefully a long time from now, I leave this earth. With no children and nieces/nephews that either I'm really not close to or have no interest in my hobby, what should happen with my 4 channel pride and joy? The last thing I want is for this stuff to end up in Goodwill or someplace similar. I'll have to haunt people who got my QRX-9001 for $20 and I hope I'll have better things to do in the afterlife.
It's not like the stuff needs to be sold so the money can be left to someone. There's no one so important to me (other than my spouse) that I plan to leave any cash to. And he'll be just fine with our savings.
Is anyone in a similar situation? If so, do you have thoughts or plans?
(Just so you know, my demise hopefully won't be anytime soon. I'm not that old, healthy and looking forward to much more life. But sometimes, you start to think......)
When I'm gone, I don't care about the money. If the executor gets $.05 on the dollar doesn't concern me at all. I just want someone to end up with the stuff who would use, appreciate and care for the equipment and albums/discs.Yes--in situations like @gvl_guy 's (where there are no obvious heirs or beneficiaries and no one to leave instructions to--not even a need or a desire to ensure that his stuff is sold at "market value"), a solution like this would at least stand a chance of keeping his collection alive in the community, dispersed among people who care about it.
I've spoken with librarians at both my county and university libraries, and the only reason any of them are interested in taking donations of books or CDs is so that they can sell them at their semi-annual fundraisers and/or pass them on to a "picker" or a wholesaler for pennies on the dollar. But for the most part they'd rather not mess with donations at all.
First, Luca, let's hope you're not going anywhere for a long time! I'd talk to my friends; would they want it? Would they keep, and enjoy it, or would they sell it? Make your wishes known to them, and put it in writing when you come to a decision.I’m 48 now and this question raise up everytime I see my gear. I’m a passionate collector of vintage and uncommon video formats, starting from VCR (not the videorecorder, but the video format), open reel videotapes (not professional use), 8mm, super8, beta, vhs, video2000, video8/Hi8 and Laserdiscs. It’s all hooked up and running along with quad hardware/software, and modern formats up to 4K/8K Atmos and so on.
And been also a musician I have many basses, some valuable guitars, amps and so on.
I have no brothers, sisters or wife, just friends.
I don’t really know what would happen when I’ll pass. I only know that my friends are younger than me and they know how much I love my stuff.
They would build a Museum if they only could, but I think they will simply sell everything or just enjoy what they could of my stuff