NIRVANA Love Buzz 7 1988 ORIGINAL 233 Bruce Pavitt Owned Vinyl Sleeve NM NM - rare vinyl collector item


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NIRVANA Love Buzz 7" 1988 ORIGINAL #233 +Bruce Pavitt Owned+ Vinyl/Sleeve NM/NM

NIRVANA Love Buzz 7 1988 ORIGINAL 233 Bruce Pavitt Owned  VinylSleeve NMNM
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Auction Details:
Code ID
#6575
Ebay Item #
131140155563
Sold Price
$2576.00
Bids
12
Auction End date
24 Mar 2014
Seller Location
Saukville, Wisconsin

Item Description

NIRVANA "Love Buzz" b/w "Big Cheese"
Limited Edition SUB-POP SINGLES CLUB 7" 45
The ultimate Nirvana vinyl rarity, in excellent condition. A near-perfect example of this mega-rare record!
Obtained directly from Sub-Pop label co-owner Bruce Pavitt in 1992.
NOTE: ONE OF ONLY TWO DOCUMENTED CASES OF A "LOVE BUZZ" DUPLICATE NUMBER !!
The other is #235, which was donated by Bruce Pavitt to a charity auction in 2005.
An original first pressing, it carries the hand-written number "233"/1000 in red.
Guaranteed 100% authentic. The run-out grooves read:
Side A: SP-23-A Why Don't You Trade Those Guitars For Shovels? L-31540 Kdisc (see photo)
Side B: SP-23-B L-31540X Kdisc
CONDITION: Those familiar with my auctions know I go into great detail on these high-value items so as not to disappoint. I trust the buyer will be pleased. Let us proceed...
THE VINYL:
The vinyl looks great, super-shiny with no fingerprints. Any flaws? Nothing major. There is a small L-shaped scuff (app. 2-cm) at the beginning of the A-side. A tiny surface scratch (3-mm.) is visible towards the end of the side. The B-side has an extremely light surface scratch (2-cm.) in the runout groove area, not even on the playing surface. Any of these minor flaws could have been there since manufacture and are barely perceptible.
I played the record once on a quality turntable and -- beyond expected light pops from sleeve dust during the 10-second sound collage intro -- I heard nothing wrong with it. An excellent sounding pressing, once the song kicked in it played LOUD, STRONG and FULL with no playback distortion. The tonearm displayed a mild shimmy as it spun, but nothing that registered audibly.
THE LABEL:
The labels have no fingerprints or spindle marks and appear untouched. Flawless.
THE SLEEVE:
The sleeve is pristine with neat corners and no evidence of handling, just the expected mild round imprint from the record itself, but no perceptible ringwear. I now keep the record separate from the sleeve to keep it nice. It has never had a price sticker, so no leftover sticker goo. Includes original white paper inner sleeve.
Seriously, it looks like it just came out of the shipping box from Sub-Pop... 22 years ago!
THE HISTORY:
This record was registered on the Love Buzz List at "wwwdotsliverdotit/nirvana/" as #233b on February 24, 2011. The description there reads as follows:
"My record store (Atomic Records, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA) ordereddirectly from the label so I begged our sales rep to find me a copy. I received afax from Sub-Pop co-owner Bruce Pavitt which read 'the band currentlyhasabout 7 million fans worldwide so... $200 is the best I can do. Think of it as an "investment".' "
In addition, Love Buzz List added the comment: "there are two documented cases of copies with the same number, this one and #235."


IN ADDITION TO THE RECORD, THE AUCTION ALSO INCLUDES:
1) The original Sub-Pop shipping sleeve, hand-addressed to "Rich @ ATOMIC", mildly yellowed with age.
2) The original thermal fax from Sub-Pop -- dated March 18, 1992 -- with Bruce Pavitt's offer to sell. It is severely faded and yellowed with age (see main photo, upper right) but I had the presence of mind to make a legible copy at the time of transmission, which is also included.
To be absolutely clear, this auction is for the Bruce Pavitt-owned #233 copy of "Love Buzz", not the pair of #233s. If you so desire, it is up to you to track down the other #233!

Free shipping in USA, registered with insurance, signature required.
International Buyers Please Note: You must abide by terms of the eBay Global Shipping Program. I realize this adds a substantial cost but without the safeguards offered by the program I would be unable to make the record available outside of the United States. I hope you understand.
I recently sold another "Love Buzz" in similar condition for over $2100 with a reserve of $1000. Due to the rarity and pedigree of this duplicate number copy I have set a higher reserve, but it is still under $2000.
Thank you for reading this far. Please let me know if you have any questions.
HAPPY BIDDING!