Vinyl albums are a great medium for selling music on since vinyl sounds so good, but the vinyl material they are made from makes it somewhat difficult to keep in good condition.  Almost everything can affect the quality of the vinyl including temperature, humidity, sunlight, dust and dispersed weight when sitting in storage.  Even though it can be somewhat tricky to know exactly how to store based on all the requirements, it can be rather easy without purchasing an entirely new compartment to store it in.

The Obvious Storage Type

The first type of storage is the most obvious kind: the type made for storing vinyl.  These cabinets are usually vertical storage pieces that seal when shut so no outside air can reach the vinyls inside.  They also commonly have insulated surroundings so the temperatures do not vary too much when the vinyls are sealed and stored away.  This is the easiest way to store the vinyl correctly, but the cabinets are usually much too expensive to purchase for most people.  Fortunately there are some alternatives that may not be as great, but still provide the function the collector is looking for.

The Common Storage Type

Even though it sounds strange, very simple plastic storage bins commonly found in local supermarkets are excellent storage pieces.  If using just one of these containers it is important to have an area of home that always stays a cool temperature so it does not fluctuate too much.  A makeshift way to help this if an always-cool area is not possible is by placing that container inside of another.  The mostly sealed air will insulate the internal container from the heat surprisingly well.  Since you are storing vertically, it is important to always have the openings of the albums to the side along with sides that are flat and solid.  If there are any bends in the container walls the albums are sitting against, the albums can be deformed and ruined for good.  Other storage containers can work well, but the main thing to look for is how sealed a container is along with its shielding from the top to prevent albums from getting dusty.

Before Putting Them Away

Along with storage, vinyls must also be prepared correctly before being put away.  Using a VPI 16.5 that gets all the dust off will prevent any gunk from permanently sticking to the records and causing audio mishaps later in life.  Pulling out some classic Neil Young vinyl records only to find they are unplayable can be a huge buzz kill, and the records can be expensive to replace if the individual prefers to collect original albums rather than reprints.

Eric Blair writes about tips for using and maintaining vinyl recordings from www.soundstagedirect.com to enjoy them longer.

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