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Organizing Your Vinyl Record Collection (aka How to be Neurotic)

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This instructable will give a detailed description of how to organize large selection of jumbled vinyl records. I've gone through this process with my own record collection many times as well as with others.

After completing this process you will not only be able to find any record in your collection with ease, but you will have a firmer understanding and appreciation for the music you have gathered or inherited over the years.

Not much is needed to complete these tasks, just a certain amount of time and care.

Let's get started!
 
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Step 1: Materials

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1. Medium to large sized collection of records. There is no point in organizing if you only have 10-20 records in your collection, as you can easily keep them all in one box.

2. Crates. Plastic or wooden crates are needed to hold your records once you have them divided up. Some people have shelving units that work great as well. (DO NOT stack records flat on top of each other, this will eventually cause damage to the disc)

3. Basic to advanced knowledge of the alphabet. This will come in handy when you need to alphabetize by group name. If you need help in this department, consult your local kindergarten teacher.

4. Some knowledge of musical genres and where bands fall into them. This can become difficult if you are organizing records you've never listened to, in which case consult the internet. (Ex. Led Zeppelin vs. Herbie Hancock. What genre is each?)

5. Lots of time...
Well done. Nice albums
nice! good job

I went through the process too of organizing, I alphabetized my collection and had a section for "Soundtracks" "Jazz & Blues" "Classical" the rest I filled under artist/band.

I had acquired a collection of 2500 albums nothing was organized... i think it was 25 crates?? I had them all in my garage and sorted them in the garage. Honestly, it took me 3 solid days of organizing i think it was 10 hours each day. The albums i acquired were a bit musty so I bought plastic sleeves to contain some of the smell (and it has worked).

znelson7101 year ago
I've also got the Cars debut album too! I actually have alot of their albums haha
NachoMahma4 years ago
. Great job. . I recognize most of the covers, but what phono cartridge is that?
neilan316 (author)  NachoMahma4 years ago
Thanks. It's a pretty simple Ortofon Omega cartridge, runs for about $30 at a local record shop.
. Ah. I used the Ortofon integrated shell carts (similar to the one on their home page, without the fancy paint job) on my turntable, but that was years ago.
. A friend and I have 5000+ LPs in storage and neither one of us has a working turntable. LOL
hey ill take that vinyl off your hands
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