· By David Millar

The Record Preservation Society ...... meets again

In the past Blog we talked about the care and preservation of the record with the importance of using a quality archival inner sleeve. We are looking at simple but effective ways of protecting your, not inconsiderable investment, in a new record.

So, this leads us to the question, ‘How about the care of the record and sleeve?’

 Importance of good outer sleeves protective cover.

First step- remove the cellophane style wrap from the record. If you are using a protective outer sleeve, then this is superfluous. Generally, they are shrunk wrap and can cause the original sleeve to twist over time. Keep the hype stickers though and drop into the new outer sleeve. If you decide to sell the album and want to confirm what pressing, then this is a good thing to have.

 There is a school of thought that suggests that a new plastic sleeve diminishes the stylish look of the cool record, and that is no doubt true. But the protection of the spine/sleeve far outweighs the aesthetic factor.

 There are a couple of options that we would recommend.

There are several variations but the classic 75 micron+ clear sleeves are perfect for the job. Or Japanese style resealable sleeves for a stronger dust-seal sleeve. (watch the sticky edge when popping back into the outer sleeve). Surprisingly the style you use is less a factor that the issues discussed below.

 We have seen a number of records without and have suffered from greasy hands, drinks, or god-knows-what have marked the precious sleeve. We are looking to protect your investment.

How to store the records.

Number one rule is, vertically please. Stacked horizontally in a larger stack will eventually put undue pressure on the record.

Our most used storage system comes from Ikea and is called the ‘Kallax’ system. It is by far and away the most used shelving by the Vinyl community. 

 The ‘Kallax’ is a surprisingly light but rigid unit you can assemble yourself. Different colour variations include Cream, Black, and a couple of wood options. There are several unit sizes (one, two, four, eight. Ten, etc….) Ikea is not currently in NZ but there are several retailers offering a supply.

 Out of the sunlight (faded spines, and sleeves) and minimum humidity (mouldy paper) or temperature variation (warped records). Buy a simple temp humidity gauge from a wine specialist, or Jaycar, to monitor this. Even better with a log to track variations and spikes.

 Did we say ‘Don’t touch the record?’

Have fun with your collecting and a few simple steps can help to give you a lifetime of record listening enjoyment. 





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