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    So I was reading the shrink wrap thread when I realized my reply might be broader than its narrow focus. Which I offer here:

    No worries about keeping shrink wrap on or off because I don't keep records in their covers.

    Upon cleaning, I:
    • put the original inner sleeve inside the cardboard cover.
    • put the cardboard cover with or without shrink wrap inside a Sleeve City thick polypropylene outer sleeve.
    • I put the record into a new Sleeve City inner sleeve
    • I put the inner sleeve between the record cover back and the outer sleeve with the opening of the inner sleeve pointed in the direction of the opening of the cardboard and the opening of the outer sleeve facing up.


    This makes removal of the record a breeze. The thick outer sleeves protect well. Being doing this for a long time.

    How do you store your albums?

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    Did I read this right? you store the record in a outer sleeve but not inside a jacket?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by tima View Post
      So I was reading the shrink wrap thread when I realized my reply might be broader than its narrow focus. Which I offer here:

      No worries about keeping shrink wrap on or off because I don't keep records in their covers.

      Upon cleaning, I:
      • put the original inner sleeve inside the cardboard cover.
      • put the cardboard cover with or without shrink wrap inside a Sleeve City thick polypropylene outer sleeve.
      • I put the record into a new Sleeve City inner sleeve
      • I put the inner sleeve between the record cover back and the outer sleeve with the opening of the inner sleeve pointed in the direction of the opening of the cardboard and the opening of the outer sleeve facing up.


      This makes removal of the record a breeze. The thick outer sleeves protect well. Being doing this for a long time.

      How do you store your albums?
      I do exactly the same, except I have the inner sleeve opening pointed in the direction of the spine (I'm a leftie).

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post
        Did I read this right? you store the record in a outer sleeve but not inside a jacket?
        Yes on both counts. The Sleeve City outer sleeves are, imo, pretty heavy duty. Makes handling much easier and preserves the cardboard jacket. I've experienced zero issues doing it this way from many years. Until I read the shrink wrap responses I kinda though everyone did it this way.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by tima View Post

          Yes on both counts. The Sleeve City outer sleeves are, imo, pretty heavy duty. Makes handling much easier and preserves the cardboard jacket. I've experienced zero issues doing it this way from many years. Until I read the shrink wrap responses I kinda though everyone did it this way.
          yes, but doesn't the jacket both protect the record and keep it from warping?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by tima View Post
            So I was reading the shrink wrap thread when I realized my reply might be broader than its narrow focus. Which I offer here:

            No worries about keeping shrink wrap on or off because I don't keep records in their covers.

            Upon cleaning, I:
            • put the original inner sleeve inside the cardboard cover.
            • put the cardboard cover with or without shrink wrap inside a Sleeve City thick polypropylene outer sleeve.
            • I put the record into a new Sleeve City inner sleeve
            • I put the inner sleeve between the record cover back and the outer sleeve with the opening of the inner sleeve pointed in the direction of the opening of the cardboard and the opening of the outer sleeve facing up.


            This makes removal of the record a breeze. The thick outer sleeves protect well. Being doing this for a long time.

            How do you store your albums?
            I do everything exactly the same.
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            • Rob
              Rob commented
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              the same here. I recently began storing the record outside of the jacket, much less fuss. it encourages putting the records away instead having them outside the sleeve sitting around for who knows how long...

          • #7
            Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post

            yes, but doesn't the jacket both protect the record and keep it from warping?
            I've not had much experience with warping; on the few records where I notice warping I don't know how it happened.. My records are stored standing up and typically packed between other records - I suspect that has more to do with the lack of warping than the cardboard cover, but since I don't use 'em it is hard to tell.

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