Real Music & Real Estate . . .

Yiddishe Cup’s bandleader, Bert Stratton, is Klezmer Guy.

He knows about the band biz and – check this out – the real estate biz, too.

You may not care about the real estate biz. Hey, you may not care about the band biz. (See you.)

This is a blog with a gamy twist. It features tenants with snakes and skunks, and musicians with smoked fish in their pockets.

Stratton has written op-eds for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.



The Hotpoint refrigerator — the “value” brand of G.E. — is a good product. It lasts 20 years.

I got 24 years out of a Magic Chef stove.

I used to buy Spanish refrigerators, called Welbilt. The spelling said it all. Good for only nine years. Frigidaire isn’t much better — 10 years. [Exception: the Frigidaire in the photo below lasted 22 years, then got a rash.]

I buy appliances from a small distributor out of Stow, Ohio. He’ll hook up the gas flexline (pigtail) to the stove for $20.  I could buy at Home Depot or Sears, but my Stow man is hassle-free. Sears is the worst.

Refrigerators are fun; they don’t screw up that often, they’re cuddly, and you can occasionally get a free beer or pop in the refrigerator after the tenant moves out. Also, open ketchup.

Frigidaire with a rash

Frigidaire with rash

A version of this post first appeared 6/26/09

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1 Bill Jones { 06.28.17 at 9:43 am }

Can’t believe you’re still buying from a distributor. You must have changed. As well, with changes in mfg plants the new appliance is probably from a totally different plant (country). Not to mention brand since their quality fluctuates far more than the “old” days when mfg site rarely change. Lucky appliance marketing hasn’t gone Steve Job’s route when each year or two means you want a new one irrespective of your current device works fine.
My latest electric dryer comes with a water connection for the steam cleaning feature for large items. As well an app that allows you to talk with your dryer’s onboard system to find out how its doing-especially when problems arise. I know, don’t talk to you about appliance control boards which appear to need replacement far sooner than any other part. Lastly, although it was “herem” (grounds for expulsion from Jewish community) to buy anything German (colloquially known as “Nazi”) the Gaggenau cooktop (elec/gas combo) and electric oven we bought in 1999 have never had any problem whatsoever.

2 Ken Goldberg { 06.28.17 at 10:59 am }

There may be some refrigerator models which are (presumably) expensive and made of better quality materials, but my experience has been lots of cheap plastic with shelving and storage parts which crack easily. I’ve also had motor problems. Then replacement is a big nuisance and probably expensive. My mother-in-law, from what I recall, had a stove which was probably from the early ’50s or so, though it had sort of a ’30s Moderne look, until she had the whole kitchen remodeled some time around the late ’80s, I think. It likely had kept on working. All these appliances, it seems, were built with “planned obsolescence.” Yes, plenty of very bad service with Sears. Soon there will be only a few Sears’, as well as Penney’s, in all Greater Cleveland, with no Penney’s on the East Side at all (including Lake County)!

3 John Hilton { 06.28.17 at 11:25 am }

At least you’re not buying plastic-backed Hotpoints like the one that caused the deadly high rise fire in Britain! Your tenants can be grateful that you’re fussier than British social services.

4 David Rowe { 06.29.17 at 6:25 am }

Refrigerators may be fun but microwaves are essential, you need to have the touch.

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