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Storing The Right Way

Packing Your Old Musical Library For Long-Term Storage

by Sophia Meyer

If you are in the process of moving, and you are planning on putting your music collection into storage, knowing how to package it properly will help keep it from becoming damaged. Records, cassette tapes, and compact discs should be packaged with care to keep the songs you love as part of your library. Here are some tips you can use when packaging these items so your musical tunes are available to listen to when you retrieve your collection from storage.

Protecting Vinyl Records From Dust And Humidity

Keep vinyl records in their original sleeves and cardboard covers if possible. If you no longer have these available, purchase some acid-free record sleeves from a music store or online. Pieces of poster board can be folded and taped along the edges to make covers. 

Putting records in a stack is not recommended as the ones on the bottom of the pile could be at risk of damage from the weight on top of them. Placing records in an air-tight plastic storage tub would work well at keeping them away from dust. Place them inside vertically to keep them from bending.

Humidity is harmful to vinyl, making them warp as a result. Rent a climate-controlled storage unit to alleviate this condition. If climate-control is not an option, place a bowl of charcoal pieces in the area to help grab moisture from the air. You will need to visit the location every few weeks to refresh the bowl with new pieces for the best results.

Keeping Cassette Tapes From Becoming Damaged

If you have a bunch of musical cassette tapes, keeping the tape portion from tangling is important. It is best to keep each cassette in a plastic cassette case. If you no longer have the original cases, you can place each cassette in a separate plastic sandwich bag. Put the tape side toward the bottom of the bag and fold any excess plastic around the cassette inside. A rubber band can be used to secure the cassette so it does not move around in the bag.

The cassettes can be placed inside a shoe box. Place the shoe box, or several shoe boxes, in a plastic storage container. Having a box inside a container will give the tapes added protection from cracking if something happens to fall upon the exterior container. An alternative to this method is to use a cassette tape storage case made especially for this type of media. It would have cushioning inside the case, helping to keep the cassettes safe. The titles could be displayed, making it easy to grab the cassette you wish to listen to when desired.

Keeping Compact Discs From Scratching And Sounding Bad

If you have a compact disc collection, it is best to keep them in their original compact disc containers to avoid scratching of the media. Containers can be purchased in a home goods store in the electronics section if you have lost yours. Place the compact discs inside a cardboard box or plastic storage container. 

The sound quality of compact discs may become altered if they are moved to an area with a big change in temperature. Take the temperature in your storage area as well as the area where the compact discs are currently located. Adjust the temperature where the compact discs are located by a degree or two so it is closer to the temperature of the storage unit. Do this for as many days as it takes to get the temperatures to be the same. This acclimation process is necessary to retain the sound's quality. When the temperatures match, move the container to the new storage area.

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