As co-owner from 1975 to 1985 of a German public relations firm that handled Western European artists, Al Kosmal received thousands of new recordings.
But the South Park man, 73, is downsizing his collection -- and the South Park Township Library will be the richer for it.
From 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the sale of about 1,000 of his largely pristine, 331/3 rpm, long-playing vinyl albums will take place at the library, 2575 Brownsville Road, South Park.
The collection includes classical and pop sounds.
The first-time event, hosted by the nonprofit Friends of the South Park Township Library, will benefit the library. Most of the titles will sell for $5.
"I want to see the library make money, and I want people who buy these to experience the marvelous feeling that music gives you," Mr. Kosmal said.
Mr. Kosmal, who will be present at the sale for questions, teaches gourmet cooking part time in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
For his continued enjoyment, he is making copies of some of the recordings.
"What makes [this collection] unique is the works of the classical composers are performed by the best orchestras, conductors and artists in the world," library director Sharon Bruni noted.
Among the highlights: a 10-album career collection of iconic French singer Edith Piaf; a four-album set of five Beethoven piano concertos by pianist Glenn Gould with the Leonard Bernstein Columbia Symphony Orchestra; and a 1985 live recording of the Mozart's "Lucio Silla," made at the Theatre Royal in Brussels, Belgium.
"You will hear all the nuances that would have been eliminated in a studio recording," Mr. Kosmal said of "Lucio Silla."
There are also the complete works of composer Gustav Mahler performed by conductor Maurice Abravanel and the Utah Symphony Orchestra.
"It is considered the benchmark recording by which an orchestra that is recording Mahler compares their recording to," Mr. Kosmal said.
There are also albums by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Village People, original Broadway cast recording of "Hair," the film soundtrack of "Funny Girl" and more.
Some albums are signed by the artists, such as one autographed by German soprano Edda Moser.
Most of the albums contain a brief synopsis of their recordings.
Mr. Kosmal said for music lovers, it is worth the investment in an old-fashioned record player -- which he noted is enjoying a comeback -- for the best listening experience this side of a front-row-center seat at a concert.
"Music sounds so much better on vinyl," he said. "CDs are digitally mastered. It alters the sound. It takes out any small flaws and it's actually too perfect."
Only cash or checks will be accepted at the sale. For more information, call the library at 412-833-5585.
Margaret Smykla, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.