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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.

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

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

nice cat picture doc!

faust apes (NickB), Monday, 15 January 2018 16:51 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link


Righteous wax chaperone, rotating Wingdings (Doctor Casino), Monday, 15 January 2018 17:56 (two years 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 (two years 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

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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

this is the perfect record shelf imo, 700 DKK is ~120 USD:

you can write them via this formula to ask about shipping costs:

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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

if you win the lottery Danish brand Montana has a 6 times more expensive version of the shelves I linked to above:

niels, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:18 (two years ago) link

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

papa poutine (∞), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:24 (two years ago) link

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

sleeve, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:31 (two years ago) link

thank you

papa poutine (∞), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:39 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

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 (two years ago) link

by 'love' do you mean 'hate'?

multiple copies of the same lps too.

koogs, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 15:08 (two years 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 (two years 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!

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Monday, 23 April 2018 23:24 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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

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

niels, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 07:37 (two years ago) link

Thanks, niels.

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 13:34 (two years 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 (two years 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.

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

Tim, Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:32 (one year ago) link

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