Over recent years, there has been a constant debate about whether vinyl sounds better than digital. If you were to hear the argument from a vinyl collector, they may swing your vote to the vinyl side.
Discogs data reports about six million sales in vinyl. The purchase of new vinyl has reached 16 million units and 395 million dollars in revenue. However, the old vinyl is what is making more money than the new. Vinyl from the 1980s brought in two billion dollars from 300 million records. When you collect such valuables, vinyl storage is critically important.
What makes vinyl so valuable?
The greatest thing about vinyl records is that they are timeless. Records can be collected and even worth big money. Collectors of vinyl records have to hunt high and low to find rare and valuable finds. But not just any vinyl record is valuable. The name of the artist and the availability of a record are just some of the most significant factors.
The age of the record
Who the artist is
The quantity of the record
Commercial vs. promotional issues
Small vs. major label
Mono vs. stereo vs. quadraphonic
The top three most expensive albums are from Elvis, The Beatles and Wu-Tang Clan. “My Happiness” by Elvis Presley sold for $300,000. The Beatles’ “The Beatles (White Album)” sold for $790,000. This record was the very first copy of the Beatles album. With the serial number ‘0000001’. The most expensive album sold was the Wu-Tang Clan’s “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.” It sold for two million dollars. This record was the only copy ever produced.
How to store it.
For such expensive or memorable records, it’s important to protect them with best vinyl storage. Proper storage will keep your new and old records looking like when you bought them. The changing temperatures could leave your records damaged. Protecting them in climate-controlled areas will ensure they don’t get damaged.
Put records in the proper containers.
One of the most damaging things you can do to records is stacking them on top of one another, especially for long periods. The pressure of the records will cause them to break over time. The best option when storing them is to place them vertically in a box. Storing them vertically will prevent breakage.
To avoid dust and moisture from damaging your vinyl records make sure they are in sleeves. Sleeves will prevent the record from getting scratches or dust. For older records purchase sleeves designed especially for their protection.
Store vinyl in climate-controlled rooms.
Vinyl records will last you decades with the proper vinyl storage. Leaving your records in a basement or garage isn’t the safest thing. The cold or heat of these areas will create severe damage. The excessive heat cause records to bend or warp. Cold temperatures will cause vinyl to crack and even break. Records should in constant room temperature and away from sunlight.
The best solution is climate-controlled storage units. These units will leave keep your records at constant room temperature. Plus, the security surveillance will ensure no one steals them. Contact us for climate-controlled storage units.