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