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Re: Your most creative storage options...

Post by C2H3Cln2 » 02 Oct 2015 04:26

The actual rack from Walmart:
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Re: Your most creative storage options...

Post by vinyl master » 02 Oct 2015 12:34

OK, as I was doing some cleaning, I came across some items I wanted to share with you...Here is a history of audio storage in pictures...Let's see how many of these you guys can remember? How many of you still have some of these??? :-k

First off, we have cardboard and plastic boxes today from places like Bags Unlimited and Sleeve City...It didn't always used to be this way...

In the old days, there were record cases...Some were made of leatherette...There were Platter-Paks for 45's, some were made of assorted materials and others made of metal, and also larger ones for LP's...Amberg File & Index Co. was responsible for many of these...

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Some people also used something like this wire rack for the 45's...

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There were larger versions of these metal racks, too, with some just for the LP's and some that were made for both the LP's and 45's...

Other options were these disk-go-cases...They came in many colors and designs...There was even one with The Beatles' images on it!

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Later, in the 60's and 70's, people started using things like apple crates for their LP's...

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As the 80's wore on, other options included the "supreme" crates and milk crates...

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I have a Yaffa block that seems to work well for this purpose, too...

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The cassettes had their own storage, too...

I have a very old vinyl case from the 70's...Very groovy!

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Later, harder plastics were used, too, for portable cases...

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That top one is still sealed in the plastic!

Wood was also used, for small crates and this wooden wall-attached rack, which was probably one of the biggest...The Napa Valley Box Co. was a maker of many of these...It holds about 100 cassettes...

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There were Peaches record crates and cassette crates, too, with the Peaches record store logo...Here's a remade version for the CD's...

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I wanted something bigger for the mixtapes...There were smaller leather versions of the same thing, one-sided and double-sided, but I wanted something that was portable, and would hold the most, so I recently bought this 120-cassette version from Savoy...

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8-tracks were not immune, either...There were smaller cases, like the cassettes had...

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And leather versions, too...

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In the 90's, with the rise of CD's and computers, there were varying versions of this...

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Some were made of plastic, some were all metal, and then, there were CD binders, wood racks, card catalog style racks, and then, fancier furniture for all of these formats...But, I've decided to just focus on the smaller and more portable storage options...

There have been other unusual media storage containers over the years, but this maybe gives you an idea of some of the offerings back in the day...

That said, I still don't know what to do with some of these, as my collection is in other places, but if any of you guys know of any other re-uses for these items, or know how I can recycle them without throwing them away, I'm all ears...Some I just picked up for the tapes or records they held, and haven't had a use for the cases...And I guess I never throw anything away, either...Plus, some I've kept on display...But...You really appreciate where things are now, when you see what we had to deal with back then!

Did I miss anything? :-k
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Re: Your most creative storage options...

Post by vinyl master » 02 Oct 2015 12:49

I also found something that might work for the 78's...I found a bunch of these black plastic crates that I think were used to ship green beans in...They seem to be the right size for the 78' records, but I'm not sure how much weight they can hold...I do have some heavy white cardboard boxes, though, for the 78's, that have held up quite nicely for years, but this may give someone another idea, if they don't have something to store them in already...

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Whaddya think?

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Re: Your most creative storage options...

Post by vinyl master » 24 Oct 2015 06:27

Hey guys! If any of you have a lot of records, I found something really cool recently...I usually talk about creative options for storing records...I've never talked about records themselves being a creative way to store (a.k.a. hide) items...

Until I saw this...

http://www.manmadediy.com/users/chris/p ... orage-spot

Pretty cool idea...Just don't tell anyone... :-$

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Re: Your most creative storage options...

Post by vinyl master » 22 Nov 2015 04:26

Here's a guy who makes custom record stands, too, should any of you be interested...

https://www.etsy.com/shop/dkvinyldisplays
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-Vinyl-Re ... SwKIpWBxVB

Other than the rounded corners, I also saw this from a manufacturer of dairy crates...

http://www.amazon.com/S-crate-S-Crate/dp/B00NZIWCGO
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vinyl-Record-St ... xynapRgrFO


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Re: Your most creative storage options...

Post by vinyl master » 24 Nov 2015 08:03

I noticed this while I was scouring EBay...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Spin-Clean-Reco ... 0422821965

I see that Spin-Clean is not making these, or else, everyone is sold out...I was curious, though, if anyone bought any of them, or have made something similar on their own... :-k I could see a couple ends attached by dowel rods with a spacer in the middle, but has anyone else ever fabricated one?

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Re: Your most creative storage options...

Post by vinyl master » 07 Mar 2016 02:29

I found these "speakers", too, and an interesting idea for those of you with smartphones...

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http://paulcocksedgeshop.com/collection ... the-record

If you have any leftover, beat-up 45's, this could be an inspiration to you DIY'ers...These lamps were made by Portuguese designer Luis Teixeira, too...

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I also saw these interesting lamps...

http://www.recyclart.org/2015/10/upcycl ... lampshade/

That would look awesome with an old, colored vinyl I'm sure...

http://www.recyclart.org/2015/05/floor- ... rum-stand/

Cool, huh? 8)
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Re: Your most creative storage options...

Post by C2H3Cln2 » 07 Mar 2016 02:32

DIY SPEAKER STANDS

I'd been trying for the longest time to find a way to lift my loudspeakers from the wood floor, to prevent vibration, and to clean the dust that often gathers beneath. I looked at many options, but could not find a stand that was a) inexpensive, and b) that would accommodate the size of the JBLs I own.

I finally decided to do it myself. I went to Lowes, and found ready made wood pallets, the perfect size of the base of my JBLs. While there, i found these 'spike' squares, designed to be used on furniture legs to dig into carpets. They're had plastic, with adhesive backs. The spikes are supposed to attenuate vibration. All in all, I spent under 30 bucks, and got some decent looking speaker stands! :D
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Re: Your most creative storage options...

Post by vinyl master » 07 Mar 2016 04:05

I like those, C2H3Cln2...Very nice heavy-duty solution, and a simple, rustic look at the same time...Even better was the price!

And yet another use for those wooden pallets...

If you have a bigger pallet, you could make these...

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I saw these pics on Pinterest, too...

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Check out this wild-looking CD rack, too...

http://www.recyclart.org/2011/11/cd-rack-treadplate/

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Re: Your most creative storage options...

Post by KYEO » 14 Mar 2016 10:19

Apologies for the utterly cack photo quality, my phone is almost 9 years old... the poor thing. Anyway, I ran out of room for storing CD's in my bedroom and was thinking of buying some shelving, but at the time my Dad was building an extension to his house, so I robbed a few bricks off him (72 in this would you believe) and just stacked them with some boards and voila, this is totally free standing, the weight of the bricks make it as stable as anything, I did however stagger very minutely every brick so that basically the top 4 or 5 are against the wall, could easily be adapted for records, and has always proved a talking piece when I have guests... simples
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Re: Your most creative storage options...

Post by vinyl master » 14 Mar 2016 10:23

Well, that looks fantastic! 8) I'd hate to imagine it crashing down, though...Any tips for making something like that stable enough?

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Re: Your most creative storage options...

Post by KYEO » 14 Mar 2016 10:34

vinyl master wrote:Well, that looks fantastic! 8) I'd hate to imagine it crashing down, though...Any tips for making something like that stable enough?
I can tell you 100% that it is solid as a rock, don't know the physics of it, but the staggering means that it simply cannot fall forward, the sheer weight of the brick and the intervals of wood (bracing) mean there is no sideways movement, it's hard to explain, but you would need to take a sledge hammer to it to get it to fall down, heres a pic of the staggering (again apologies for the quality)
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Re: Your most creative storage options...

Post by vinyl master » 14 Mar 2016 10:37

Nice! Good way to use up some old bricks, too! :D

If any of you guys have some other creative ideas, by all means, share them here!

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Re: Your most creative storage options...

Post by FreakBeat » 14 Mar 2016 16:57

Hello,

here is my "Now playing" shelf

Vinyl Master said i could show that in this thread here.

So i will do my very best and post it here.

http://fs5.directupload.net/images/160314/c2jsei6n.jpg

Greatings Freak Beat

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