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i kinda like it!

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2009/11/the-deal-atocha-design-record-cabinets-on-sale-through-nov-8.html

i don't like the price tag though

jØrdån (omar little), Wednesday, 4 November 2009 15:38 (ten years ago) link

at first i was like "but i like looking at the spines" but it actually would make browsing pretty easy - just like flipping through milk crates only it looks 100x nicer

mark cl, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 15:42 (ten years ago) link

not sure i like the veneer, concept is sweet though.

amateurist, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 15:54 (ten years ago) link

so far the ideal storage i've found is at ikea w/the expedit monster shelves, but they're so ubiquitous that i feel like there could be something better out there. at the same time, they're really sturdy and not bad-looking and the price is right.

jØrdån (omar little), Wednesday, 4 November 2009 15:57 (ten years ago) link

lol yea i have expedit

mark cl, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 16:03 (ten years ago) link

i've found that it's actually pretty hard to find decent looking bookshelves 1.) that will actually fit an LP and 2.) won't sag in the middle from too much weight

mark cl, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 16:04 (ten years ago) link

i *wish* there could be something better out there, i should say.

jØrdån (omar little), Wednesday, 4 November 2009 16:17 (ten years ago) link

i'm afraid if i get more records i'll just end up getting another expedit.

jØrdån (omar little), Wednesday, 4 November 2009 16:17 (ten years ago) link

for years i've said to myself that i'm just gonna build my own but after a recent move i just caved about bought expedit. records were on the floor lined up against the wall previously

mark cl, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 16:19 (ten years ago) link

about should be "and"

mark cl, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 16:19 (ten years ago) link

The cabinet shown above, normally $5,500, is now $4,675

but that's, like, record money.

a 40-foot-long electrified pickle (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 4 November 2009 17:16 (ten years ago) link

love my expedit, cant imagine what else id want, except maybe some better 7" storage

69, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 18:20 (ten years ago) link

i used to have an expedit, but moved into a place w/room under the staircase that it wouldn't fit in anymore, so had this company (http://www.stumasa.com) build me something. i think it only cost like 250

http://robotsinheat.com/images/stacks.jpg

jaxon, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 18:30 (ten years ago) link

that looks dope jaxon

mark cl, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 18:37 (ten years ago) link

thing is even if you move and that doesn't go under a staircase again it would still look really cool as a piece of furniture

mark cl, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 18:38 (ten years ago) link

hopefully i'll not pile so much shit on it (it is actually way cleaner than that now)

jaxon, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 19:03 (ten years ago) link

that guy who sold the $500,000 worth of blue note LPs could buy a few of these atocha

amateurist, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 19:04 (ten years ago) link

haha!

I bought a giant 8' x 5' maple bookshelf from a bookstore that was closing, then I found another one with modular shelves when I was cleaning out a rental for work. with the two of them I have just enough room.

shelf 1:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2460/3623986396_3c3f599db0_m.jpg

shelf 2:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2439/3623987614_2d39e4f339_m.jpg

sleeve, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 20:23 (ten years ago) link

the key is to get real wood shelves, not particleboard. to buy such things new is very expensive, and to find them used is very hard. i have one big real wood bookshelf (80" tall, 12" deep, etc) that i've held on to through a dozen moves.

amateurist, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 21:30 (ten years ago) link

although i should add that i think i have fewer records than most of you ("only" about 750)

amateurist, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 21:30 (ten years ago) link

this expedit wall cost this person a little more than a thousand bucks. you can't really beat that when it comes to shelving:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_iEBOtFK4-H0/Rm7XvfHythI/AAAAAAAAADY/OfQUcfkRIi8/s1600/Boekenkast_EvaMarie_001.jpg

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 21:42 (ten years ago) link

What are the typical complaints leveled against particleboard?

kshighway1, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 21:42 (ten years ago) link

Scott, is that yours? Beautiful.

kshighway1, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 21:42 (ten years ago) link

particleboard will bend under weight, also very susceptible to moisture (xp)

sleeve, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 21:44 (ten years ago) link

i have four of these filled with records at home. the smaller ones:

http://knockoffs.olya.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/rollingstorage_ikea_shelves.jpg

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 21:44 (ten years ago) link

no, that's not my wall of books.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 21:44 (ten years ago) link

for the bigger ikea shelves i would recommend attaching them to the wall. they can wobble. and records are heavy. i had two of the big monster ones. one is in the store now and one got wrecked during our move. i'm going to paint paintings on the boards that i salvaged from the busted one. was thinking of doing a swedish death metal series on ikea board.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 21:47 (ten years ago) link

yeah those are a little wobbly and nearly impossible to put together in a fashion that results in them being wobble-free, as far as i can tell. i bank on the weight of 1200 records to keep them in line.

jØrdån (omar little), Wednesday, 4 November 2009 21:52 (ten years ago) link

sang froid has to post the picture of his record room again. soooooooo pretty.

ya here me, sang!?

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 21:55 (ten years ago) link

only three cubbies of records in that whole wall????

69, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 22:08 (ten years ago) link

maybe they have another wall of records. maybe those three shelves near the turntable are just the "gonna play next" records.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 22:14 (ten years ago) link

gonna play all at once

69, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 22:15 (ten years ago) link

I have a 4x4 Expedit with a 2x4 sitting on top. I intended to bolt one or both to the wall but of course never got around to it. I think I'm hoping to move before the next earthquake.
Also the records really do eliminate wobble. It *feels* solid as a rock when loaded up. And when I perform my try-to-rock-the-shelf stress test, I can't really get it to budge.
I'm living on the edge, I know.

I have a bunch of more solid, wood-toned, 1x2 square units that I've got stacked under my stereo to form a 2x4. They're really nice and more flexible than the Ikea option, but I don't think they're still manufactured. Maybe I'll post a picture after I get home.

lou reed scott walker monks niagra (chinavision!), Wednesday, 4 November 2009 23:10 (ten years ago) link

i bolted mine, somewhat for the sake of the glasstop coffeetable

69, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 23:15 (ten years ago) link

can anyone identify any records in that big-shelf pic? i see bruce springsteen's NEBRASKA...

69, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 23:21 (ten years ago) link

lol I finally made it to Ikea on Monday and got an Expedit for a basement vault. These were all in boxes around the house, most from the magic dumpster of records that appeared one day this summer.

http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu92/damien_stone/expedit.jpg

black lightning light (herb albert), Thursday, 5 November 2009 14:47 (ten years ago) link

i don't actually have that many records (maybe ~250) so i got the 1x5 expedit tower. the ~700 cds though went in ikea's billy bookshelf, which was great b/c you can buy extra shelves and fit a really pretty high # of cds

mark cl, Thursday, 5 November 2009 15:10 (ten years ago) link

These were all in boxes around the house, most from the magic dumpster of records that appeared one day this summer.

Have you mentioned this before? if so, we need a link..... if not, the whole story.....

sonofstan, Thursday, 5 November 2009 15:32 (ten years ago) link

hmmm, i think we talked about it on a couple of threads. i should find where, because i'd like to find the actual date of magic dumpster day and celebrate it every year with a feast and song. and of course a dramatic re-telling of the events of that day.

scott seward, Thursday, 5 November 2009 15:43 (ten years ago) link

it's on the I Love Vinyl! Recent Haul/Score/Purchase Thread (2009)

7/22/09 never forget. we should meet at the site and leave records in tribute. you could clean out the crap that piles up at the store.

black lightning light (herb albert), Thursday, 5 November 2009 16:30 (ten years ago) link

eleven months pass...
five years pass...

I really like these but they are pretty expensive to ship. I haven't been able to find a US equivalent.

http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/pikaiti-kagu/item/5-580/

an expired coupon for 50¢ off a moon pie (los blue jeans), Sunday, 4 September 2016 06:42 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

possibly hopeless query: a few years ago a friend hooked me up with six stackable LP storage boxes from her mom's garage. one assumes they are from the 70s or maybe early 80s. they are white, some form of wood product, 13.5" by 13.5" by 13.5". each is divided into six compartments by five thin vertical dividers, which are set back a half-inch from the front. this reduces the capacity of each cube, but keeps the records nice and vertical imo. at the center of the top of each one is a little peg sticking out, and at the center of the bottom of each one is a little hole. very very easy to slide into place and stack up when moving. there are no identifying manufacturers' marks or product names; do any of y'all verterans out there recognize this ungoogleable product?? i would buy more of these if they could be found by name.

seen at the left sides of these two images:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4391/36199484254_5e683a9e6f_c.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4376/37034662125_604de38fc4_c.jpg

Righteous wax chaperone, rotating Wingdings (Doctor Casino), Monday, 15 January 2018 16:40 (one year ago) link

i really like how little wasted space they generate, aside from the width lost to the dividers - there's no real estate thrown away to chunky back or front zones i don't need, as you can see happening with the IKEA shelves below the white boxes. those inches count for a lot in a brooklyn bedroom. also i think the dividers help my screwy record psychology, creating mental "sections" and also helping me to "see" parts of the collection that my eyes might otherwise pass over. anyway my collection is at the point where i have to add shelving, punt a bunch of stuff, or stop buying records, and clearly the answer is shelving.

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brimstead, Monday, 15 January 2018 16:49 (one year ago) link

nice cat picture doc!

faust apes (NickB), Monday, 15 January 2018 16:51 (one year ago) link

those are really nice dr c.

i got a friend of mine to custom build me a media cabinet/record cabinet and matching wall cabinet out of birch ply and i have probably never been happier with a piece of furniture in my life. i think i paid £1600 all in. i'll dig out pix tonight. it's got drawers for cables, a niche that exactly fits my speaker, etc.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 15 January 2018 16:54 (one year ago) link

aw thanks! re: the spinclean: i thought i'd posted about it to a vinyl cleaning thread but actually it was in Shady scams and other silly business ideas to take advantage of earnest new vinyl collectors where i got sold on the thing.

anyway... love it, hooked, ended up obsessively cleaning every record i own with it. it's definitely a task and a pain and you have to set aside time for it but that can be good listening time, to get into the groove. often times it makes no real difference to the sound but when it does it's like windexing a grimy window, suddenly this crappy old record sounds amazing. definitely buy the one that comes with extra drying cloths cause you'll need them and buying the dinky-sized extra-cloth packs separately was a bummer.

also be aware that once you're hooked it will sort of screw up your buying/listening habits - i don't want to put anything dirty on the table so now i end up saving up little batches of new acquisitions to wash before i listen to anything! kinda silly, might just be my problem.

Righteous wax chaperone, rotating Wingdings (Doctor Casino), Monday, 15 January 2018 16:59 (one year ago) link

You can get a big pack of no lint microfiber cloths from Amazon, or an auto supply place for cheap. Folks use them for drying cars.

If you reuse, don't wash them with other clothes because they'll pick up lint from the laundry and will deposit the funk on yr records.

Cow_Art, Monday, 15 January 2018 17:40 (one year ago) link

Thanks!

Righteous wax chaperone, rotating Wingdings (Doctor Casino), Monday, 15 January 2018 17:56 (one year ago) link

I'm using IKEA Bosnäs ottomans for storage. They're ventilated, dust-free, washable, stackable, easy to carry, and you can sit on them.

Wes Brodicus, Monday, 15 January 2018 18:59 (one year ago) link

in Denmark we call those types of shelves "bogkasser" - it means book boxes, and it's a great google image search term

here's an example of a newly manufactured version of the bogkasse known as Kubik https://www.traevarer.dk/kubik-trae-hel-reolkasse-6-rum

dunno if you'll find an American retailer though...

I have about 10 of those at home, they're tops for record storage, and books too!

niels, Monday, 15 January 2018 19:20 (one year ago) link

oh yeah btw "bogkasse" is the singular term, may be an even better google search term

niels, Monday, 15 January 2018 19:21 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

not being able to solve this is maddening. just some simple, well-built and sturdy stackable cubes, 13.5" on every side. you'd think the market would be flooded with such things but everybody wants to sell you some funky designer thing that holds 25 LPs total, or some cheap bullshit that will obviously fall apart, or more IKEA stuff that's way oversized for the job at hand. am i gonna need to design this shit myself and walk to the lumberyard and figure out how to glue pieces of wood together with square joints and shit?

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 3 February 2018 18:50 (one year ago) link

these are really appealing esp. since you can get optional feet (which'd be cool for the bottom tier). but yikes at $99 per cube plus bulky shipping. i dig supporting hand craft at reasonable rates but not sure my storage problem is worth $600+ at the moment. wish you could minus the doors which i would never use.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 3 February 2018 18:55 (one year ago) link

this is the perfect record shelf imo, 700 DKK is ~120 USD:
https://www.traevarer.dk/kubik-trae-hel-reolkasse-6-rum

you can write them via this formula to ask about shipping costs:
https://www.traevarer.dk/kontakt

but maybe you can also just ask you local carpenter to build one, it's not a complex construction (or maybe go on a FB DIY page and ask for any takers to build it and what's a fair price)

niels, Saturday, 3 February 2018 19:37 (one year ago) link

hmmm, the getting-someone-to-build-some angle is appealing tbh. i'd be willing to shell out extra cash for getting 'em juuuust right without having to get all frustrated fucking around with wood and stuff and end up doing a crappy job myself.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 3 February 2018 19:58 (one year ago) link

you don't really want a cube because they're too heavy to lift. You can get stackable boxes either in a really tough cardboard or plastic from Bags Unlimited. They have two gauges of cardboard and I've tried both. The lighter cardboard can be taped up with packing tape when the boxes get old - I haven't had to throw out a box yet and I reinforced some boxes with paint stirrers on the long sides. The heavier cardboard, unfortunately, still uses the lighter cardboard lids.

I've seen the plastic boxes, too, and they're very tough.

Anyway, buy 25 at a time and they're pretty affordable. They hold about 60 records each. You can stack them 5 high, but the company recommends stacking them 3 high (I usually do 4). I write roughly what I've put in the boxes on the outside.

bamcquern, Saturday, 3 February 2018 20:06 (one year ago) link

I want a cube. I have a cube. I have 9 of these 70x70cm shelves. They are awesome. You can stack them. You can hang fill them with records and hang them on your wall. They are an all time success in Danish design. They are made from wood.

niels, Saturday, 3 February 2018 20:11 (one year ago) link

You can move the inner shelves around too, use them for cds, books, whatever, put in drawers. Great stuff.

niels, Saturday, 3 February 2018 20:19 (one year ago) link

Actually I bought 16 of them, got a great deal, less than 200 euros, used lot, but gave away/sold some cause I didn't have room for them. Anyway, I'll stop now.

niels, Saturday, 3 February 2018 20:23 (one year ago) link

i do want a cube; i like the cubes i have that i was recently posting about. they're super liftable and when i move house i don't need to transfer the records into something else to do it. but i guess potentially the heavier-duty ones with the thick birch plywood wouldn't be so good. tbh at this stage i'm not really interested in anything that needs taping up or paint stirrers. definitely no cardboard or plastic - but i'm glad that system works for you, it's good to know it's out there!

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 3 February 2018 20:25 (one year ago) link

if you win the lottery Danish brand Montana has a 6 times more expensive version of the shelves I linked to above:
https://www.danishdesignstore.com/collections/shop-by-manufacturer-montana-mobler/products/lassen-show-wall-shelving-module-montana-mobler

niels, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:18 (one year ago) link

i don't have a lot of records with me here but i will need to transport ~30 records to another country...is bringing them as a carry on on an airplane okay?

papa poutine (∞), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:24 (one year ago) link

should be, I've probably carried that many in a bag on a plane before.

sleeve, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:31 (one year ago) link

cool
thank you

papa poutine (∞), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:39 (one year ago) link

Doc, some cubes here: Olympia Record Crates. Seem a little spendy to me, but look nice.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Sunday, 18 February 2018 20:17 (one year ago) link

Aw, those do look nice! Spendy indeed, but pleasantly minimal. Hmmmmm.

My friend's husband recently plunked down for a bunch of MapleShade stuff, which seems classily-designed - like, there are modules for other formats that don't look awkward as hell with the LPs. The basic 150-LP module in finished oak is $100 ($85 if you buy four or more) but that's without bottom and top flat pieces. Man...looks good though.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 18 February 2018 20:33 (one year ago) link

Unfinished oak at $80 each with bottoms, plus $40 for a little base at the floor. Man... now that's tempting.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 18 February 2018 20:42 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://images.homedepot-static.com/productImages/efd857b4-f3a7-4bdd-b604-c861f0348b6d/svn/natural-way-basics-media-storage-wb-2lp-nl-44_1000.jpg

these things are made of "zboard" which seems like paper?
but i love the staging: rusty stereo, landline phone, film camera, and a boat. i think one of those books is upside down, too.

mizzell, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 14:29 (one year ago) link

by 'love' do you mean 'hate'?

multiple copies of the same lps too.

koogs, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 15:08 (one year ago) link

i want to hate it but they've captured my lifestyle perfectly!

jk i do mean hate.

mizzell, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 15:59 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Am in the midst of a tedious deep-cleaning process following the fire in my apartment that some of you have heard about. Thankfully, my records did not get any water damage, and, being packed deep into those beautiful white cubes with the little dividers, were exposed to smoke only on the spines and tops of the outer sleeves. This is still proving to be an absolute tedious nightmare to clean up and deoderize, and many will be forever discolored but hey - I still have my music.

The upshot for this thread is that in the process of taking everything out of the white cubes for cleaning, I finally noticed a little sticker label identifying the damn things! niels was right to point me to northern Europe - they're Finnish, from the Palaset line made by Treston from around 1972. They're not, as I believed, a Masonite-like wood product, but a very dense plastic that feels like it. This website has a little background, and a brochure that suggests that my cubes are the K-05 model; flipped on their side, they could accept little drawers! Unfortunately, they're not quite the ubiquitous bargain find one might hope; here's a motley lot of sixteen cubes that went for $1,116.

Borrowing from niels, I searched "palaset bogkasser" and immediately found a pleasing period ad. What a font!

https://i.pinimg.com/474x/dd/0a/1c/dd0a1cda094c4ec6f5ab0bdbbda3ca3b--cubes.jpg

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Monday, 23 April 2018 23:24 (one year ago) link

Haha, that's a beautiful font indeed.

Glad to hear you solved the mystery, if not the problem at hand. Sorry to hear about the fire, hope you're OK.

niels, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 16:52 (one year ago) link

thanks, niels. it was a pretty hard blow at the time and it's been a very weird couple of months. settling into a new place, and the process of cleaning and deodorizing the stuff i could salvage is now, if not quite near the end, at a point where i can conceive of it being over at some point. all things considered it could have been worse. we did, however, lose our cat, the one pictured upthread in my first images of the storage cubes. so that's pretty much shitty. but it's getting easier to just remember the good times, etc.

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 04:05 (one year ago) link

I'm sorry for your loss, that's a beautiful cat.

Maybe the Palaset solution doesn't have to be so expensive, this lot went for 200 USD a few years ago https://www.lauritz.com/da/auktion/ristomatti-ratia-reolsystem-palaset-15/i3727324/

If you ever come to Denmark, I'll hook you up with some Danish "bogkasser"...

niels, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 07:37 (one year ago) link

Thanks, niels.

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 13:34 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

looked up the ones mizzell posted upthread, with the hilarious staging. you can read more here but the kicker is: "Maximum load 30 lbs (recommended)." That would explain the rather thinly-populated collections seen in the photos, but it does make it sort of hard to grok them as "Vinyl Record Storage Cubes."

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 2 June 2018 14:21 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

We’ve been rocking the face-out look on our record shelves for some years (it makes the wall much more interesting) but we never thought to go red / green festive for Xmas before.

Don’t know why @halfpintpress only just thought to do this this Christmas. It looks gooood. pic.twitter.com/ouUG5nxhde

— Jenn Phillips-Bacher (@MrsAudiac) December 19, 2018

Tim, Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:32 (eleven months ago) link


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