A Record Collector's Guide

Screaming Trees

Buzz Factory

SST 248, released 1989

The final independent Trees album. A very good one. Not quite as good as their previous two efforts, in my opinion, but still very solid. The clear blue version is fairly common (much more common than the black vinyl version, actually). It is on a deep blue, which you will occasionally see listed as purple. It isn't. Well, not really. If you hold it up to light, it looks somewhat purple. It's still more blue than purple, though. The black one is harder to find. A while back, someone wrote to me to inform me that there was, in fact, a purple version on the market, and that it was a purple marble copy. It turns out that this is true, and I eventually found a copy. This is by far the rarest version of Buzz Factory. The purple marble sales data below may be a bit skewed because some of the sales may have been blue copies sold as purple.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SST 248 Clear Blue-Purple 25-35 3 Stable
SST 248 Purple Marble 40-50 8 Stable
SST 248 Black 25-35 4 Stable
Test Pressing
Test Pressing Insert
Test Pressing Black vinyl, Rainbo Records labels, "# 248" stamped on the labels
Credits Andy F.: First informed me of the purple marble version.

Recent Sales Data: Purple Marble Vinyl:

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2017 4 43 Discogs
2016 5 40 Discogs, eBay

This page was last updated on January 16, 2018.

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Scarcity Score Definition
10 Near impossible: Fewer than 50 copies or publicly sold only every few years
8-9 Very rare: 50-200 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-500 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-1000 copies or publicly sold ~10 times a year
1-3 Common: 1000+ copies, readily available, or publicly sold 20+ times a year

Estimated values are based on recent auction results or online sales.
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