I picked up several spoken word LPs from a college library a couple of years
ago and all were incarcerated in heavy plastic fold-over sleeves which included
the albums (these may have been the type where the jacket was in one pocket and
the disc was in another). All have a grey color and noisy surfaces which
cleaning doesn't help.
Tom Fine wrote:
> I would not seal a record into a plastic cover. I do cover my
> good-condition sleeves with plastic but they are top-open to the air. I
> figure, perhaps incorrectly, that the sleeve can then keep ambient temp
> and moisture and thus less likely to grow mold or have some sort of
> breakdown from plastic out-gassing.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "D. Blake Werts"
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> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 7:15 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] speaking of LP storage...
>> I apologize. I need to clarify.
>> I am asking about the sleeves ("bag") that are used to store the LP
>> with the actual record inside the jacket (or outside the jacket but
>> still in
>> the "bag" to prevent damage to the cardboard LP covers). I didn't
>> mean to
>> start a discussion about the inner record sleeves. Sorry...
>> D. Blake Werts
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 7:00 PM
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] speaking of LP storage...
>>> I can vouch that some plastic inner sleeves leach some sort of nasty
>> residue onto LPs. For instance,
>>> a while back I bought a load of original-pressing Pablo records from the
>> late 70's thru mid 80's,
>>> still wrapped in plastic. Most had paper inner sleeves but the Pablo
>> Digital issues had
>>> plastic-lined inner sleeves. In a few cases, not all cases though, the
>> plastic inner sleeve was
>>> firmly attached to the record. I could carefully peel it off but
>>> there was
>> a residue that did not
>>> come off with VPI treatment, including with a liquid containing
>> isopropynol. The net result was
>>> noisy surfaces, not groove distortion but really noisy surfaces. I can't
>> understand why some of
>>> those records had this problem but not others. All were from the same
>> defunct record shop and all
>>> had been warehoused under similar conditions.
>>> Plastics -- unstable chemistry by definition.
>>> As a result of this experience, I avoid replacing inner sleeves with
>> plastic. I handle my records
>>> carefully and store them carefully and have not had any issues using
>> smooth paper inner sleeves.
>>> -- Tom Fine
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Mike Richter" <[log in to unmask]>
>>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 6:21 PM
>>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] speaking of LP storage...
>>> > D. Blake Werts wrote:
>>> >> This talk about the storage of CDs and LPs has me thinking... Are
>> there any
>>> >> known issues with the storage of LPs in "plastic" bags? I have been
>>> >> some of the nice re-sealable sleeves made available through Far West
>>> >> Supply (polypropylene?) and wondered if I will be causing damage
>>> in the
>>> >> term with these?
>>> >> Any advice or experience that you can offer?
>>> >> Thanks Much!
>>> >> D. Blake Werts
>>> > It depends on the plastic.
>>> > We 'spoke' some time ago about plasticizer leaching out of some
>> to clog the LP grooves.
>>> > Even a light coating is lethal and it cannot be removed without
>> the vinyl. I've several
>>> > old European EMIs that died that unfortunate death.
>>> > Mike
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