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Step Six: Archive Storage

If you are looking to store your vinyl in an archive for long term storage and stacking where quick access is not a priority then a top down box (as opposed to a side storing shelf) is the answer. Cardboard boxes are not strong enough. Heavy duty plastic is the answer. The Really Useful Box range is ideal. This illustrated 19 liter model stores around 50 records, making easy transport possible. Vinyl can become too heavy for safe lifting beyond that. The handles are strong with a pattern on the lid that allows for sturdy and stable stacking with other boxes of this type.

Step Seven: Mobile Vinyl Box

Storage doesn’t have to be for static purposes. You can store records for mobile reasons. What happens if you want to transport vinyl? How do you protect them? This Citronic box is just one of many ‘flight cases’ out there. You may have your own favorite. This example is a strong, aluminium variant that holds up to 50 LPs. It arrives with internal padding while, on the outside of the case, there are chrome plated steel corners giving additional strength and protection. You also get a padded carry handle and lockable lid catch.

Step Eight: Vinyl Bag

The record bag is another type of mobile storage but is distinct from the flight case type. This example provides a main compartment which can handle 40 vinyl albums. It’s useful for vinyl fans or DJs who might want to keep their precious or valuable discs close to them at all times or for transporting discs to a friend’s house, for example. More expensive models feature additional pocket and storage options, while their larger wheelie bags for DJs with more time to fill are also a solid choice.

Step Three: Vinyl Bags

We have talked about the outer plastic sleeve for your record protection in the part 1 of this article but we haven’t mentioned a new variant on that theme: the vinyl bags. You should choose bags made from high quality materials and fitting snuggly like a standard outer sleeve with a large flap and an adhesive strip on the top of the bag. While a standard plastic sleeve remains open on one side, the high-quality bag can protect the record as well as keep the air and airborne rubbish out.

Step Four: Shelving

Now that you have encased your record, but where do you put it? A shelving system is essential. Here we recommend the IKEA KALLAX, in budget terms and flexibility. It can be bought in different sizes and variants have insets so that it can hold baskets and boxes and even have space for a TV. So it has great value for money. However, don’t pack it full of records since the accumulated weight may make it lean to one side and collapse. Consider investing in metal brackets to firm up the overall structure.

Step Five: Record Dividers

When you have stuffed your IKEA shelving with records, perhaps you won’t have a clue where each thing is. The classic solution to that problem is to use cheap plastic record dividers which can help you scribble the alphabet or music genres, in order to make a sense of cataloging. It is cheap but messy and definitely tacky. American designer Kate Koeppel has created a collection of high quality, restrained, laser cut wood record dividers as a better alternative. The collection of wood panels include: two tab styles, vertical tabs for record boxes, and horizontal tabs for shelving; two lettering styles: engraved or stenciled; two typographical versions; two sizes for 12” and 7” records; a panel A–Z set for large record collections; and an abbreviated six panel set for smaller collections.

In spite of being one of the most durable physical music formats in the world, vinyl record encounters the top issue of making noise, such as the snap, pops, crackle, the clicks, the background hiss, and more.

If you are a fan of the vinyl record and sometimes pay a lot of money for a new piece of vinyl, try to take care of it and it will reward you with long pleasurable use. There are 8 steps suggested by tech guru Paul Rigby to store your vinyl record collection properly.

Step One: Inner Sleeves

The inner sleeve is the only item that will come into contact with your precious vinyl regularly. Therefore, it is absolutely essential as a storage medium. The worst kind of storage is made from pure paper. If you move your vinyl record in and out of a paper inner again and again over the years, it will act like a fine grain sandpaper piece that adds more surface noise to your record. There are two recommended inners that are flavored, including a round-bottomed plastic-only variant and a delicate plastic liner within a paper inner. The first is more useful since you don’t have to try to get the paper inner corners into the card sleeve, which might cause folding and creasing.

Step Two: Outer Sleeves

In order to accompany the inner, you will need an outer covering. This will protect the vinyl’s card sleeve and also prevent dust from finding and abrading the record over time. But remember not to buy the heavy gauge plastic samples and then feel smug about it. Make sure to choose the soft, roomy and much cheaper sleeves. The advice is that thick plastic covers can stick to the vinyl record sleeve eventually as well as pull the artwork right off. There are outers for both 10” records and 7” singles for you to choose.

Here are the 5 turntable systems from the most famous audio brands today. Without them, the success and foothold of these brands in the audio market could be very different.

Rega Planet (1973)

Roy Gandy, founder of Rega, in 1973 once had a very strange thought: The sound quality of a turntable system is secondary, the main design of it. Gandy wants to create a durable turntable system with time and design must be equally unique. And so the idea for Rega Planet was rekindled.

Fortunately, the sound quality aspect soon became a target soon afterward, and Gandy brought the first turntable test versions to potential manufacturers. The official version of Rega Planet was born with aluminum and steel wheels with a unique design, using the Acos Luster tonearm.

Linn LP12 (1973)

LP12 is Linn’s first tuntable designed by founder Ivor Tiefenbrun, who said that “music is the most important thing in any sound system”. The first version of LP12 was designed without a stand, but was later replaced by a more complete version. This is also considered to be the best quality turntable from Scotland.

Michell GyroDec Reference Electronic (1977)

Michell may be better known by users through the turntable signature GyroDec launched in 1982, but its first turntable, Reference Electronic, is also worth mentioning. Michell GyroDec Reference Electronic is inspired by the Transcriptor’s turntable Hydraulic Reference model featured in Stanley Kubrick’s classic A Clockwork Orange.

Starting from only processing hardware for the Transcriptor, Michell then opened his own brand and launched the Reference Electronic, which owns a version with a mirror or marble base.

Wilson Benesch Turntable (1989)

In the first year of appearing in the audio market, Wilson Benesch researched and developed his first turntable model, simply called Wilson Benesch Turntable.This turntable possesses two designs never before seen in any other product such as the sub-frame made of composite carbon fiber and tonearm also made of carbon fiber (A.C.T. One). High-strength carbon fiber helps reduce vibration better and is available in all of Wilson Benesch’s most recent product lines.

The success of Turntable also helped Wilson Benesch expand its investment and distribute more other products, including specialized high-end speaker models today.

Pro-Ject 1 (1991)

Pro-Ject 1 was originally developed and modified from the Tesla NC-500 to create a low-cost turntable distributed in the Eastern Bloc. After the fall of the Berlin wall, Pro-Ject founder Heinz Lichtenegger made several Pro-Ject 1s and sold them in his small shop in Vienna. Having achieved certain successes, Heinz Lichtenegger decided to restart the production line in the Czech Republic and continue to operate until now.

Not only are American music listeners throwing money more and more into the coal disc, so is the UK. According to the BBC, about 4.2 million vinyl records were sold in the UK in the past year, an increase of 1.6% compared to 2017.

It is worth noting that, of the 10 best-selling vinyl albums, only 3 new albums including Tranquility base hotel and casino (Arctic Monkeys), The greatest showman (many artists) and Staying at Tamara’s (George Ezra), the rest are old albums.

Talking about the attraction of the old values, Jon Tolley, Banquet Records, explains: “The sales of coal discs are constantly growing because people are slowly abandoning modern lifestyles, where things are always in a hurry and nothing makes sense.”

The vinyl record had a period of great development before the advent of the CD and later, both the CD and the CD were in a poor state of consumption when the trend of digital music came to the forefront.

Now that the vinyl disc has been “revived” through impressive growth figures, the CD has remained “at the same level”, although the number of CDs sold is still higher than that of the vinyl disc, due to its lower cost (on average). a single album costs $ 30, while a CD costs only $ 10). Following that momentum, experts predict that, by 2020, sales of coal discs may account for more than half of sales of the physical music market.

The fact that vinyl discs are more popular than CDs is not difficult to understand. Compared to vinyl records, the CD lacks originality, sound superiority and historical value. Compared to digital music, CDs are not convenient in terms of storage and use.

As can be seen, the revival of vinyl disc among music lovers has recently risen up. Hopefully, this hobby can still maintain its great attraction among music lovers.

Not only are American music listeners throwing money more and more into the vinyl disc, so is the UK. According to the BBC, about 4.2 million vinyl records were sold in the UK in 2018, an increase of 1.6% compared to 2017.

Singers who make vinyl records and those selling physical storage products in the US market have had a great year of success as sales of vinyl records in 2018 increased. 8% (about US $ 419 million) – the highest level since 1988, accounting for 1/3 of the total sales of the “tangible” tape market.

While the vinyl disk continued to “grow strongly”, the business situation of the CD dropped dramatically. For the first time since 1986, CD sales have not reached the $ 1 billion figure ($ 698 million, down 34%). The form of digital music download (download) also suffered the same fate of revenue reduction, reaching only 1 billion USD, accounting for 11% of the total revenue of the whole year (2017 revenue of 1.4 billion USD, accounting for 15%).

Disks are becoming more and more popular with your music lovers

Of course, the market leader in 2018, once again, is streaming – the form of online music listening. According to a new report released by the Recording Industry Association of America, the streaming revenue increased by 30% (reaching 7.4 billion USD), contributing 75% to the total market revenue.

Daniel Glass – president of Glassnote Records – commented: “The music market is now a separate playground for streaming and vinyl, and CDs are disappearing quickly and quickly.” Jack White, musician – music producer, concurs: “I firmly believe, 10 years is still the time of streaming and vinyl records. People also stream music in the car and in the kitchen and listen to vinyl records in the living room and office.”