Why Should I Buy Your “Restored” Music?

“They say that the best things in life are free.” “They also say that you get what you pay for.”

“OK, Smart Guy … Why should I buy your “restored” music when I can download stuff for free, that’s FREE?”

OK, that’s a fair question, and I one that get from time to time. Of course, none of my regular customers ever asks this, but many who take the free downloads and then print on their individual printers and tape the 20 pound printer paper to their racks post to me once in a while. Of course, most of this music they plan to play once — that’s once — and then throw away. Who cares? It’s going into the garbage!

If you’ve taken the care and time to learn to play it, do you really want to throw it away? The obvious answer to this is that if I want to play it again, I’ll download it (if the site is still in operation) and print it (if I still have a working printer). There are a lot of “ifs” in that!

You may or may not care about music listed in the pages of pieces that attempted to advertise to those who bought the music during its initial printing, but I include those pages. I also accept and respond to your questions and requests for future restorations. I am proud to write that no other organ music publisher does this! Check my feedback for confirmation, or better yet email me and put me to the test!

Here’s a page from Harold Flammer of pieces that were available in the 1920s, and this is from the back page of a piece I am now restoring. What a golden period of organ literature were the 1920s!

You may think that why should I restore a page which does not list organ music! It’s because it is the back cover of an original which I have used for restoration of a Harold Flammer organ music piece. Think, won’t you, why Harold Flammer in 1922 listed this particular music on the back cover of one of their organ music titles. In the words of Linda Richman, “Discuss!”

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2 Responses to Why Should I Buy Your “Restored” Music?

  1. Oh, I forgot about another option for the home-printed free music or the photocopied “free” music. I have seen notebooks of these pages assembled with holes punched or even in comb binding. As long as they don’t scratch the wood, that seems OK.

    And, I still see from time to time large pieces of cardboard with multiple pages glued or taped on. I have seen peel away during a performance. If the console is visible, this approach can present quite a show!

  2. alb969 says:

    Esthetics of music on the rack aside, why would I not pay for quality music? I do download free music from people on sites who post it. Most of this music is found from those who compose for service preludes/interludes/postludes and consider their music as not worth anything monetarily.

    Michael’s restorations of out of print music, in the original format and with all the age marks cleaned up are gorgeous. I buy some from time to time. I buy those pieces that interest me, and I proudly put his restorations on my music rack and study them and do my best to play them well. Don’t despair, Michael; some of us are on the side of QUALITY.

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