There are many large repositories of 45rpm records across the country. Some are warehouses with record company stock, others are retail record businesses with very large store stock (above right is a photo of the inside first floor of R&B records at 49 Garrett Rd, Upper Darby PA, where owner Val

has amassed an inventory of more than 4 million records.) And still others are large private collections numbering from several thousand up to hundreds of thousands. Furthermore, a simple Google search will bring up many online retail record outlets with quite large 45rpm stockpiles.

Therefore, presently the availability of large numbers of 45rpm records is still quite high. But as these online retailers, collectors and businesses start to close down, dump their collections or go out of business, now is the time to consider a way to assemble and thereby preserve these very important pieces of music history.