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Old 15th Jan 2019, 11:46 am   #41
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Default Re: Rusbridge's Auctions: 4 for 2019

As I said on Saturday night, I couldn't make it because of family commitments in the south, unfortunately. I'll also be missing a rare gig in Rammy by one of my favourite bands as well but when you have two locations, you have to be philosophical about this sort of thing in the end! I usually get my "ducks in a row" but on this occasion they got shot.

Ironically, I was in Chorley only a couple of months ago to pick up a RG from a Forum member. What a great "Mission Statement" from Rob there. If anybody can establish a Northern event it's him! I think you may have a point about wider advertising Andy but " a box of valves" is a pretty general description in use at all the auctions. There is only so much you can do in preparation and more detail often leads to more time consuming-often futile enquiries. A chap,once refused my offer on some valves he was selling and then rang back a few weeks later [a bit shame faced] saying "I'll take your price, you were right, I was bombarded with enquiries but sold nothing and I'm exhausted!"

Lots of Forum members are miles away from any events at all so I'm surprised that your friends [living locally] were put off from popping over for a look. It's handy to have a catalogue [especially if you're at a distance] but not essential.

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Old 15th Jan 2019, 12:31 pm   #42
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Advertising. Yes. Quite agree. I'll put some effort into that now.
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 12:59 pm   #43
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I'd just like to add my thanks to Rob for a very well orginised day. Robs auctionering skills and wee anecdotes also rasied a smile or two along the way. I came away with a number items at very reasonable cost.

I also know, and can well appreciate how much work would have gone into staging this event and it was a shame to see some decent sets going unsold through lack of interest.

I would echo other here as regarding better advertising but this is in no way a criticism - I knew it was happening for a good while. By the way, the BVWS offer very good advertising rates Rob!

I travelled down from Martini-Yates Towers in Rosyth, Scotland a mere 3 hours each way and had a thoroughly enjoyable day and was back in time for my dinner at 7pm that evening.

Look forward in getting to the next one.

Appreciated Rob
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 1:16 pm   #44
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Originally Posted by M0FYA Andy View Post
Some constructive criticism. I have three pals living locally who decided not to attend because the catalogue was only available at the last minute, and wasn't very informative - 'box of valves' isn't very helpful. They also commented that if I hadn't told them about it they wouldn't have been aware of it. Better advertising needed, please, including in the BVWS magazine.
Hopefully we'll be there at the next one!
I would have thought living locally and having limited description in the catalogue would have attracted your pals not the opposite, they may have missed bargains others weren't alerted too

It's still a bit of a trek for me but the effort made to bring an auction north is much appreciated, I intend to be there for the June one when I can make a weekend of it.

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Old 15th Jan 2019, 1:19 pm   #45
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Would have been there too, but 16,040 miles round trip is too much to ask Rob.

We will support when back in UK, glad you had a good day.
Thanks for your continued efforts.
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 1:47 pm   #46
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Don't worry, folks, you're allowed to be "otherwise engaged" - especially if, like Boater Sam, you're somewhere properly exotic like the Philippines. Let's be honest here, if you're not feeling well, you don't want to be on a Lancashire hill-side in the wild weather, or if you're somewhere far away which gets sunshine, diagonal sheets of rain are as impractical as they are unattractive. My expectation is more on the level of going to the auction being more entertaining than sitting at home watching the raindrops run down the window. I have to admit that I once skipped a local "antiques and fine art" auction (offering a very attractive estimate on a horn-topped gramophone) so I could stay home and unblock the drain under the kitchen sink and change a toilet seat. We know how to live the high life here in Cornwall.
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 5:45 pm   #47
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Really glad all went well for you Rob, got back from Amsterdam this afternoon and feel really miffed that I had to miss what looked, from the pictures, like a really interesting line up of sets/projects. I will certainly not be missing any future events if it can be at all avoided.
Very Best Wishes, and thanks for supporting us here in the North.
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