Thanks for your comments. I DO agree with you about the STiL case's uses as you specify for CD-Rs. Sorry for not making myself clearer.
I've been trying to come up with a better alternative to the standard Jewel Case for storing standard issue CDs and CDs that come with magazines. Some CDs that accompany periodicals (serial CDs we call them) come in standard Jewel Cases but many others arrive in flimsy paper or plastic envelopes or cardboard jackets.
Our main goals are in getting all the CDs in uniform, easy to label containers without having to alter the accompanying graphic material while trying to conserve space. Standard Jewel and slimline cases take up bunches of space. In addition to the space issue are the problems with cardboard jackets. They have to be cut down in order to fit into a Jewel or slimline case. They could be stored seperately and the contents copied and slipped into the cases but then there'd be the space issue again.
I'll bring in Elliot's comments here.
I cannot comment on the STiL Case and apologize for intruding but this
is on the subject of CD storage. The Jewel Sleeve mentioned in the link
below looks interesting for those of us who have thousands of CDs to
store. It was recommended by someone who uses it for their radio
archive. The Folk Center Archivist is concerned about whether the
material is acid free and safe for long term storage. Anyone know
about or use this product.
I found the Jewel Sleeve and the Disc Sox solutions.
I got a sample of the Disc Sox sleeve and ordered a few of the Jewel Sleeves. Each has it's strong points as far as storage is concerned. Both will accomodate ALL of the various inserts that come with standard Jewel Case issues without alteration. The Disc Sox tray card "slit" is along the long side, rather than the top, and will allow insertion of the cardboard jackets although they do stick out a bit. Ain't happnin' with the Jewel Sleeve. No room for the jackets unless they're cut down.
A single CD in either sleeve is meant to be stored between a layer of fibrous material and does NOT come into direct contact with the vinyl sleeve. It seems that the use of VINYL is the big sticking point here. I've heard that the vinyl can offgas and react with the plastic in the CD and eventually cloud the readable surface over time. Comments??
I like the design of the Disc Sox better although it's not perfect.
----- Original Message -----
From: Richard L. Hess
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Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2007 8:46 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] The STiL Case
At 09:28 AM 2007-02-08, Martin Fisher wrote:
>Wonder if all designers/suppliers of alternative CD storage devices
>go home and trash or chop up their own tray cards or other graphics??
>The only practical solutions I've seen are made from pvc which is
>thought to be detrimental to CDs.
That is a good point, but I think the STiL case has many advantages
for people making CD-Rs which don't often come with tray cards or
inserts (at least the ones I make don't usually come with the paper).
Besides, with gold CD-Rs offering an allegedly 5-8 X life expectancy
over manufactured CDs, this case might be useful for that.
I have been looking at the STiL cases and while they are intriguing,
I have not had (m)any standard jewel cases trashed by shipping (I've
received no complaints).
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
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