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Old 13th June 2005, 07:51 AM   #11
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I know how to take care of the individual records very well and listen to them on a regular basis. I've designed my own cleaning machines as well, and chemical formulae.

What I'm asking is more: What are some good pointers on a collection this size.

I already have just over 100 records and those were easy to take care of; they took up a small bit of space which was easy to manage.

I'm trying to decide on what's the best shelving to use per space and weight and basically see if anyone has good pointers that have helped them out managing 10000+ records in one house.


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Old 13th June 2005, 08:59 AM   #12
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1. The shelves are best such that there are compartments to put around 10 in each compartment, fill each up loosly so that they are always standing straight but not pressured.

2. Check each record to make sure the opening of the sleeve is not in the same direction as the cover. If there are some ziplock covers that don't degrade over time the better.

3. Number each compartment. Generate a database for the records and barcode them.

4. Write some software to log the record in and out if you have to take it to a different room. Otherwise, just let the software tell you which compartment to put it back in.

Possible some warehouse management software would helpyou keep track of things.
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Old 13th June 2005, 01:35 PM   #13
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As for the Ivar shelving: you can subdivide by using metal dividers made from 1/4" rod, available through Lee Valley Tools.
Just drill holes in shelf and push the dividers in.

I would be interested in what you used to build your cleaning machine.
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Old 13th June 2005, 02:36 PM   #14
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How about ultrasonic cleaning and treating them afterwards?
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Old 14th June 2005, 12:43 AM   #15
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I know how to take care of the individual records very well and listen to them on a regular basis. I've designed my own cleaning machines as well, and chemical formulae.

What I'm asking is more: What are some good pointers on a collection this size.

I already have just over 100 records and those were easy to take care of; they took up a small bit of space which was easy to manage.

I'm trying to decide on what's the best shelving to use per space and weight and basically see if anyone has good pointers that have helped them out managing 10000+ records in one house.


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For a few hundred records, finding what you want is easy. With 17000 records it could be a problem.

The structure really needs to be strong if you are going to heights. The last thing you want is being buried in these one day. Look at the way a library arrang books in storage, they normally have a good density.
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Old 14th June 2005, 12:57 AM   #16
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I use Ikea for 1500 records, is simple to expand - and for earthquake prone areas has a security strip that holds it to the wall.
Believe me - cheapest option short of milkcrates - which are not secure.
You can go custom made and pay ten times the price - if it suits you.
On the other hand - value of 17000 X 7$ average is an over 100k$ asset - maybe it deserves a 20 k$ shelf.
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Old 14th June 2005, 01:07 AM   #17
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I say give some away, then you will have to less to organize. I mean 17,000 is a lot of records!! I won't know what to do with it.
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Old 14th June 2005, 01:53 AM   #18
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I never heard of anybody getting a collection of 10.000+ records and keeping them ALL.

Even if you share the general musical taste with the original owner of this collection,
it is still rather unlikely if not impossible that you like each and every record from it.

Why do you want to spend the rest of your life surrounded by records you don't even like?

My advice is to only keep the records you really like.
Yes, get rid of 10.000 of them - it's much easier to organise what's left then.

How to find out, which records to keep? You have to judge them by the cover,
playing them is not really an option: it takes 12 years @ 3 hours/day to listen to them in full...
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Old 14th June 2005, 02:07 AM   #19
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I never heard of anybody getting a collection of 10.000+ records and keeping them ALL.
Nice try, guys. I hear a howling in the distance...and the swooshing of big wings overhead...

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it takes 12 years @ 3 hours/day to listen to them in full.
sounds like a great retirement plan to me...
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Old 14th June 2005, 03:32 AM   #20
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Wishful thinking guys, I will listen to the entire collection no matter how long it takes me. I enjoy music too much to let it slip me by. That's the only way I will have decided which pieces I like and don't like.

During the summer I normally listen to about six hours each day of music. (That's sitting down listening.) I normally keep the music on for more than twelve hours a day. I'll be glad to have enough music to listen to that it won't repeat so many times a year anymore. I'm getting sick of the limited amount that I had before this collection.

I'll definitely look into that ikea shelving though. Seems like a relevant idea and might help me out in the long run. I definitely don't want to pull my hair out with milk crates if I can help it.

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