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tomsi42
2006-04-19, 13:49
I guess that a lot of you have done like me - ripped the complete CD collection in a suitable format.

As my collection is around 1250 CD's, I want to store them somewhere else (not in my living room). Do you have some good ideas for compact and accessable storage ?

I don't expect to browse my collection everyday, but I need to find a CD reasonably quick if I need to (eg. I need to rip a CD again as the previous rip sounds bad).

Tom

tyler_durden
2006-04-19, 14:16
A lot of people like to ditch the jewel boxes and put the discs into albums. You can get nylon covered albums that hold 100 CDs pretty cheaply. I think some may even go as high as 300 CDs, but something like that would be pretty heavy.

I have put my CDs, with jewel cases, into color coded cardboard boxes. I use Feurio for my CD Data base. I printed out the disc artist and titles from that data base and taped a copy of the printout that shows the contents of each box to each box, and made one copy that has all of them listed and the box colors where they are located. That printout is in a binder in a drawer for easy reference. Now when I want a disc I can either go to the boxes in the closet and find the right one by looking at the printout on the box, or I can look up the color in the bound printout and go straight to the box in question. The system is infinitely expandable which doesn't matter because I don't get new music very often any more.

Now if I can just put a color sticker on each jewel box to indicate the box it is supposed to go into....

TD

Larry Truesdale
2006-04-19, 14:27
I've taken the CDs and paper inserts out of their jewel cases, placed them
in CaseLogic sleeves, and then stored them in plastic boxes. I get ~100 CDs
per box. The boxes I use came from Big Lots for $3.00, but I also saw them
at Walmart for $0.20 more. They are made by Sterilite and come in three
sizes (designed for 4x6 photos, CDs, and DVDs).

Larry


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>
>
> A lot of people like to ditch the jewel boxes and put the discs into
> albums. You can get nylon covered albums that hold 100 CDs pretty
> cheaply. I think some may even go as high as 300 CDs, but something
> like that would be pretty heavy.
>
> I have put my CDs, with jewel cases, into color coded cardboard boxes.
> I use Feurio for my CD Data base. I printed out the disc artist and
> titles from that data base and taped a copy of the printout that shows
> the contents of each box to each box, and made one copy that has all of
> them listed and the box colors where they are located. That printout is
> in a binder in a drawer for easy reference. Now when I want a disc I
> can either go to the boxes in the closet and find the right one by
> looking at the printout on the box, or I can look up the color in the
> bound printout and go straight to the box in question. The system is
> infinitely expandable which doesn't matter because I don't get new
> music very often any more.
>
> Now if I can just put a color sticker on each jewel box to indicate the
> box it is supposed to go into....
>
> TD
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BBobley
2006-04-19, 14:28
Like you, I now use the Squeezebox exclusively, so I really don't need all these jewel boxes laying around taking up room.

I recently started putting all my CD's into Jewel Sleeves. These things are really great. I looked at lots of different sleeves. Here's why I like 'em:

1) They are padded and seem to protect the disc well.
2) They have room for the CD booklet and the tray card.

Check out their website at: http://www.jewelsleeve.com/

Brett

tomsi42
2006-04-19, 14:28
I have thought about nylon sleeves, as they are incredible at saving space. But I like to keep my CD's in their jewel cases so I have the cover art, cover notes and the CD in one place. Of course, I will only miss the back cover, and that isn't that important now.

But what to do with special editions like Pink Floyd's "The Wall Live" (about 22 cm tall) ?

And how do you handle the fact that you still buy new CD's ?

tomsi42
2006-04-19, 14:32
2) They have room for the CD booklet and the tray card.


Having room for the tray card is really nice. Do they have a distribitor in europe ?

BBobley
2006-04-19, 14:37
Having room for the tray card is really nice. Do they have a distribitor in europe ?

Yes, I'm really happy with them. Keeps the whole package in one neat place. They also sell (if you want 'em) special cases and furniture to put the sleeves into. I went from about ten shelves of cd cases down to three. So it was a big space saver.

I don't know if they have a euro distributor. I would e-mail them and check. I'd guess they'd be happy to ship overseas directly.

They have a movie on their website that illustrates how you put the CD's into their special sleeves:

http://www.jewelsleeve.com/nonHTML/jewelsleeve.mov

Larry Truesdale
2006-04-19, 14:48
There are always a few which don't fit the system. I just put them in a
separate identical box together with all the other oddballs. :) So far I
haven't found any which won't fit in the box at all. I do have a few "paper
case" CDs which are kind of irritating because you can't separate the liner
notes, cover from the case. The "JewelSleeves" mentioned by another
responder look good too.

Larry


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> I have thought about nylon sleeves, as they are incredible at saving
> space. But I like to keep my CD's in their jewel cases so I have the
> cover art, cover notes and the CD in one place. Of course, I will only
> miss the back cover, and that isn't that important now.
>
> But what to do with special editions like Pink Floyd's "The Wall Live"
> (about 22 cm tall) ?
>
> And how do you handle the fact that you still buy new CD's ?
>
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tomsi42
2006-04-19, 14:56
I do have a few "paper
case" CDs which are kind of irritating because you can't separate the liner
notes, cover from the case.

I know those! They are very popular here in Norway, so I have at least 25 of those. As that is about 2% of the collection, I can live with placing them in between the rest...

radish
2006-04-19, 16:56
Like you, I now use the Squeezebox exclusively, so I really don't need all these jewel boxes laying around taking up room.

I recently started putting all my CD's into Jewel Sleeves. These things are really great. I looked at lots of different sleeves. Here's why I like 'em:

1) They are padded and seem to protect the disc well.
2) They have room for the CD booklet and the tray card.

Check out their website at: http://www.jewelsleeve.com/

Brett

They look pretty cool. Any chance you could let me know the dimensions of one of the sleeves? I couldn't find that on the site.

MrC
2006-04-19, 21:48
A lot of people like to ditch the jewel boxes and put the discs into albums. You can get nylon covered albums that hold 100 CDs pretty cheaply. I think some may even go as high as 300 CDs, but something like that would be pretty heavy.

I have put my CDs, with jewel cases, into color coded cardboard boxes. I use Feurio for my CD Data base. I printed out the disc artist and titles from that data base and taped a copy of the printout that shows the contents of each box to each box, and made one copy that has all of them listed and the box colors where they are located. That printout is in a binder in a drawer for easy reference. Now when I want a disc I can either go to the boxes in the closet and find the right one by looking at the printout on the box, or I can look up the color in the bound printout and go straight to the box in question. The system is infinitely expandable which doesn't matter because I don't get new music very often any more.


I did something similar. I purchased 7 Case-Logic 320 disc holders, and placed the CD and its cover art into two slots. This holds 160 CDs / case, and is not a weight problem. I've numbered every other slot on a page with laser-printed labels, and I use J. River's Media Center to catalog and reference each CD (as well as ripped tracks). Artwork is of course available via slimserver's web, any media player, and of course the cases themselves. New CDs go to the next empty slot, and I just add the CD and my reference ID into Media Center. I love this system, and wish I would have thought of doing it years ago. I hated all those jewel cases and the dusty racks required to hold them.

If anyone wants hundreds of jewel cases...

Ben
2006-04-20, 04:46
I came across this blog (http://www.livingwithmusic.com/index.php/main/cd_sleeves/) which reviews both the JewelSleeves and another similar option.

BBobley
2006-04-20, 20:19
They look pretty cool. Any chance you could let me know the dimensions of one of the sleeves? I couldn't find that on the site.

I have one right here...let me take out my tape measure:

height: 6.25"
width: 5.25"

There are four pockets in the sleeve:

CD-Book pocket is 5" x 5.25"
CD pocket (which is padded) is also 5" x 5.25"
CD Tray Card pocket is 6" x 5.25"
Label pocket (where you can put your own label) is 1.25" x 5.25"


Brett

radish
2006-04-20, 20:31
I have one right here...let me take out my tape measure:

height: 6.25"
width: 5.25"

There are four pockets in the sleeve:

CD-Book pocket is 5" x 5.25"
CD pocket (which is padded) is also 5" x 5.25"
CD Tray Card pocket is 6" x 5.25"
Label pocket (where you can put your own label) is 1.25" x 5.25"


Brett

Excellent - thanks!

ceejay
2006-06-18, 00:07
I came across this blog (http://www.livingwithmusic.com/index.php/main/cd_sleeves/) which reviews both the JewelSleeves and another similar option.

Many thanks for this link to the thoughtful blog. I looked into both options and went for the JazzLoft option http://ssl.adhost.com/jazzloft/baskets/pos.cfm?CD=102 (cheaper and simpler) and so far am delighted - the main issue being finding a way to open up the CD case to get the tray card out quickly and easily (you'd be amazed how many subtly different designs there are for this).

Space saving is very nearly as advertised: they claim 75% saving - this might work if you have no double CDs, but if you have a few of these you'll get slightly less - still pretty impressive though.

Shipping from US to UK took a week, which I can live with.

Now, back to those CD trays....

Ceejay

Mike Hanson
2006-06-18, 05:23
I've got about 1400 CDs myself, plus movies, software, etc. I've got six drawers of these (http://www.can-am.ca/cdvideo1.htm) from Can-Am Storage (http://www.can-am.ca) in my basement:

http://www.can-am.ca/images/MC3D-CD-DVD-open.jpg

IIRC, the drawers hold approximately 500 CDs each.

Mike Hanson (www.boxsoft.net)

pfarrell
2006-06-18, 08:47
Mike Hanson wrote:
> I've got about 1400 CDs myself, plus movies, software, etc. I've got
> six drawers of *'these' (http://www.can-am.ca/cdvideo1.htm)* from
> *'Can-Am Storage' (http://www.can-am.ca)* in my basement:

I have five drawers of the CAN-AM cabinets. They are very nice
and the wife approves.

--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html

funkstar
2006-06-18, 12:58
ooooh those look pretty good. I'm not a fan of archival systems that mean throwing away the plastic cases. but i like the look of them

I guess i could go hunting, but any idea if they are available in the UK?

ceejay
2006-06-18, 15:14
ooooh those look pretty good. I'm not a fan of archival systems that mean throwing away the plastic cases. but i like the look of them

I guess i could go hunting, but any idea if they are available in the UK?

Which? If you mean the wallets I posted about, then the answer is not as far as I am aware, but they will post anywhere. If you meant any of the other suggestions you'll have to say which one!!

Ceejay

funkstar
2006-06-19, 01:31
Which? If you mean the wallets I posted about, then the answer is not as far as I am aware, but they will post anywhere. If you meant any of the other suggestions you'll have to say which one!!

Ceejay
sorry, should have quoted the post above i guess. i was refering to the CanAm units, which, after a bit of digging on their website, i discovered they have UK pricing and ordering. I'll have to bookmark that one for later :)

ceejay
2006-06-19, 04:13
sorry, should have quoted the post above i guess. i was refering to the CanAm units, which, after a bit of digging on their website, i discovered they have UK pricing and ordering. I'll have to bookmark that one for later :)

Indeed, they do have UK pricing - just out of interest I priced up a sample cabinet - it came out at around 350 for the cabinet and another 220 for shipping!!

I guess there are two ways of solving the "my CDs don't fit in the space" problem... one is to get more space, the other is to make them smaller!

Anyway, I've now figured out a quick and reliable way of popping those CD cases so I'm happy...

Ceejay.

funkstar
2006-06-19, 06:08
Indeed, they do have UK pricing - just out of interest I priced up a sample cabinet - it came out at around 350 for the cabinet and another 220 for shipping!!
Yeah i did something similar :)

Good ideas though. Might be worth looking at a business oriented UK supplier, i'm sure i could find something like that for a lot less in total. This would be a long term plan though for when i have a study/office at home.

funkstar
2006-06-20, 13:53
Had a dig through our office supply catalogue at work this afgternoon and discovered Bisley (filing cabinet people) make media cabinets. they look pretty good too...well, i mean, well made and sturdy, not exactly design icons though.

http://www.bisley.com/professionalmedia.asp readily available from most office furniture stores and retailers i think. so they should be available semi-locally to wherever you are.

a single unit holding ~480 CDs would be about 259 online. I presume this is ex-VAT as they are targeted to business users.

definitely something i would consider in the future for my media.

jeffmeh
2006-06-21, 04:51
I did something similar. I purchased 7 Case-Logic 320 disc holders, and placed the CD and its cover art into two slots. This holds 160 CDs / case, and is not a weight problem. I've numbered every other slot on a page with laser-printed labels, and I use J. River's Media Center to catalog and reference each CD (as well as ripped tracks). Artwork is of course available via slimserver's web, any media player, and of course the cases themselves. New CDs go to the next empty slot, and I just add the CD and my reference ID into Media Center. I love this system, and wish I would have thought of doing it years ago. I hated all those jewel cases and the dusty racks required to hold them.

If anyone wants hundreds of jewel cases...

I went with the CaseLogic 320 disc holders also and I am pleased with the results. A fairly inexpensive (you can usually find them for less than $35 on the web) and effective solution.

http://www.caselogic.com/320_capacity_cd_wallet/product_detail/index.cfm?modelid=44238