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Display or no? [message #89700] Mon, 04 February 2019 09:19 Go to next message
Trilling Me Softly is currently offline  Trilling Me Softly
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What is the best way to display your vinyl collection while still protecting them from damage? Do you personally display your collection or do you only pull them out when you listen to them?
Re: Display or no? [message #89702 is a reply to message #89700] Mon, 04 February 2019 10:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Wayne Parham is currently offline  Wayne Parham
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Just keep them in their sleeves and stand them up on edge in a temperature and humidity controlled environment and you're good. By "controlled environment," I just mean indoors at a comfortable temperature rather than in the attic or storage shed.

As for display, if you have very few, you could display each like a photograph, just as long as they are standing on their edges and inside their sleeves. The vertical orientation helps protect the grooves from crushing, warping and other mechanical damage. The sleeves protect them from dust.

I think most people store them like books on a shelf though. This allows a lot of records to be stored in a relatively small space. Don't pack them too tightly though, or it's not much better than a horizontal stack. The whole reason we don't store them horizontally is the weight of the records will compress the vinyl on the bottom of the stack. So by the same token, pack them loosely when putting them on the shelf so there is no crushing force.
Re: Display or no? [message #89704 is a reply to message #89702] Mon, 04 February 2019 14:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Rusty is currently offline  Rusty
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I built shelving for my equipment and my most used records on the bottom. The shelf's slide out like drawers. I made them so you can go through the records like you would at a record store.

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Re: Display or no? [message #89713 is a reply to message #89704] Tue, 05 February 2019 09:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Wayne Parham is currently offline  Wayne Parham
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I love those record drawers! Those are really cool!
Re: Display or no? [message #89719 is a reply to message #89704] Tue, 05 February 2019 11:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Newjack is currently offline  Newjack
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Wow, nice setup, Rusty! I'm officially jealous. So neat and organized. My setups are always a bit haphazard, heh. Those speakers look amazing. How much did they run you?
Re: Display or no? [message #89720 is a reply to message #89719] Tue, 05 February 2019 13:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Rusty is currently offline  Rusty
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Thank you for the compliment's. Those speakers are the old Theater 4 Pi models. I don't remember the cost specifically it was so long back. I spect about 400 overall for the parts. I put them together with plans Wayne supplied. They've served me very well. But they are big old beasts. I've wanted to do subwoofers with them, but they have good low end, and they eat up a lot of room. With the Pi's and my tubed amps and preamp, I've been pretty well immune to feeling any upgradeitis for near a couple decades now.
Re: Display or no? [message #89811 is a reply to message #89720] Tue, 12 February 2019 18:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Trilling Me Softly is currently offline  Trilling Me Softly
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Your audio equipment looks so nice! Mine gets banged around by grandkids, cats, and dogs. That's one reason that I want to get my vinyl out of the way. I like your drawer system. I also love the speakers. Were they difficult to put together? About how long have you had them? They look new. Thanks for sharing the pic.
Re: Display or no? [message #89858 is a reply to message #89700] Tue, 26 February 2019 11:02 Go to previous message
TheWanderer is currently offline  TheWanderer
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I store mine in a rack that I bought specifically for the records. I have a knack for banging stuff up and not keeping it in the best shape. Laughing I didn't want that to happen to my records, so I purchased something to keep them neat, tidy and safe.
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