Records are currently a prevailing trend when, for many of us, it was never really a fashion and more of a passion for collecting vintage records. From Bowie to Zeppelin, we all have our favorites, and they all hold a special place in our hearts, but there may come a time when you are running out of space in your small apartment, and you need to put some of them in storage to help free up space. So what is the best way to go about protecting your vintage records, so you don’t end up with a ruined collection?
Packaging Is Everything
When you purchase them first hand, most records will come with a dust or paper sleeve that helps protect them while inside their inner cardboard jacket. The last thing you want is dust, dirt, and grime getting to your record and creating potential scratches. If you bought the record second hand and it didn’t come with an inner sleeve, you can easily make a new one with parchment paper. Start by laying out a long sheet of parchment paper, roughly long enough that you can fold part over the top of the record. After folding the paper over the top of the record, you can then tape off one of the sides and the top opening to create your record dust jacket.
Where Are You Storing Them?
No matter where you store them, you should always pack records in an opaque waterproof tote; this will help keep any potential sunlight out, causing the potential for melting. If you are planning on renting out a storage unit, find somewhere that has climate control. If you store your records in a place where you do not have climate control, the heat can cause your records to melt potentially, and cold can make your records brittle and prone to breaking. Make sure that you are also checking your unit for any potential leaks. If you put them somewhere damp, this could lead to mold growth, and even Moldy Peaches doesn’t like moldy records. Store them in a leak-free and insulated storage place, whether this is a storage unit or a hallway closet.
Stacking or Standing?
You should always store your records standing up vertically rather than storing them horizontally. If you were to store them horizontally, you would pose the risk of creating warped grooves. Prevent this warping by standing them up vertically, making sure that they are not leaning, causing them to bow and warp potentially. And while you will want to make sure that they cannot lean, you will still want to give them just a little bit of room. Cramming and jamming records together is a no-go. Under that kind of pressure, sound distortion could take away from the listening experience.
You want to be able to keep your records around for years to come, or maybe even pass them down to your kids or nieces and nephews. Records can bring about a new listening experience. You should cherish your records and make sure that you are taking the best possible care of them.