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Old 16th May 2021, 09:02 AM   #1
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I inherited (a gift from my father who luckily is still doing very well ) a quite big collection of vinyl classical records (close to 4 m of records), all sort of—from baroque to modern, chamber, solo, orchestral, symphonies, operas, and a few exotic things...

Classic records are quite complicated, as many are just a "work" (like a piano-concert etc.) while many are compilations of something (great sonatas, Schubert's piano-sonatas 1,3,8 etc.), and the interprets are "never" the same—the conductor, soloists, orchestra are very often interchanging.

We (my wife and I) haven't found a common ground as to how to organize it, and settled on the simplest and least clear structure: alphabetical by composer, which causes "problems" with records where a certain interpret is playing various pieces...

What are your recommendations for a clever structure?

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Old 19th May 2021, 02:00 PM   #2
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I struggled with my collection of recording until a friend programmed a database with multi criteria entry/search to me ( on an old atari i miss as he now rip- the computer not my friend!).

I should redo the thing on an application.
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Old 19th May 2021, 03:12 PM   #3
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I re-organise mine every few years to try and find a better solution. I'm seriously considering by label for the next re-org
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Yes this would be a cool method, clear and no questions left (except the „where is ….?“)

In berlin, there‘s a famous record-store (hard-wax, electronic & reggae only) where the records are sorted this way… since most of those are white or black labels, you reallyreally have to know what you’re after. But otoh, you can listen to everything there is, if you buy it you get a sealed copy. Now that’s professional!

I‘m also considering sorting the stuff by artists only, or by „style“.

Nothing really fits the whole.
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Old 19th May 2021, 03:50 PM   #5
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Oddly I know where my records are. My CDs are harder to parse. But compilations are always a pain. Obviously guitar music can go in its own place as don't have too much of that. but some orchestral mixes just don't have a logical location.


And I lack the knowledge to do it by conductor.
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Old 19th May 2021, 04:01 PM   #6
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I think you have to start by composer. When it's a compilation, by the main piece composer, that's usually the case when it comes to how they are listed on the sleeve. In addition you could have an index system so the other composers and their pieces are cross referenced.
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Mmmh, index system! Homer Simpson Mmmm Something - YouTube

No offense here, this just popped out of my head.
Yes, a good index system sure would help navigatiing the complex world of classic music, especially if - like me - one is interested in cross-references etc. … but then it gets very complicated and, well, asks for a database of sorts. And that is somehow contradictory to the analogue world.

So it (the indexsystem) should be toned down, and the records could, for example, be sorted alphabetically and get visual codes behind the protection-sleeve (colors for style/personalpreference/whatnot) and maybe one more „tag“ like a black or white mark)
And for the completion of the index (where are the barenboims?), a nice book/folder could do the „trick“…
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I've used cards before now, you know, index cards.
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By label seems to be the easiest useful method, which is what I do.
A database would require far too much work.

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I struggled with my collection of recording until a friend programmed a database with multi criteria entry/search to me ( on an old atari i miss as he now rip- the computer not my friend!).

I should redo the thing on an application.
I missed this post, sorry.
Yes a database is somewhat obvious, but the joy of analog gets somehow corrupted. I have tried something like that myself (with "Ninox", an easy to learn but hard to fine-tune database for mac)
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