I ditched all my jewel cases well over a decade back and I have posted my
experience to this list at least once. Since so much time has elapsed, I
hope the list will indulge me if I re-state myself rather than telling
Martin to search the list's archives.
My guidance in this matter was provided by a chance encounter (my only one,
so far) with Gary Giddens at a lunch hosted by Will Friedwald. Gary and
Will have their areas of great authority outside the audio archive world,
but definitely have plenty of experience dealing with large personal
collections of recordings. At that time, their personal spaces were being
inundated by tons of review-copy CDs. Anyway, Gary described what he was
doing (and Will was about to embark on), which was transfering the CDs to
Tyvek envelopes and sliding the envelopes into clear plastic sleeves
measuring a small fraction of an inch larger. These sleeves provide enough
room to also house the tray card and booklet and my experience has been
that that even 2 and 3 CD sets can be accommodated in one, unless the
booklet is a full opera libretto or something similar. I don't know the
precise makeup of the plastic of the clear sleeve, but it seems to be the
same material that most LP protective sleeves are made of.
When I have posted this previously, a number of people expressed fears
about off-gassing, but none of them responded when I asked if there was
some test results that I could see that they were basing their doubts on.
My basic take, is that, after approximately 15 years, I have not have seen
any apparent deterioration of CD, some of which are closing in on 30 years
of age in the not-too-distant future and there is no conceivable way I
could have housed more than about a third of what I have without them.
I have never seen the exact equivalent items anywhere other than from a
company called Something Special (not even Bags Unlimited). This is a very
small operation operating from someone's garage in suburban Pennsylvania
and has no web-site or even email that I have been able to unearth. It is
strictly either send them a letter with a check or give them a phone call.
They are very pleasant to talk with and I find their prices quite decent,
even when springing for 1,000. I will dig up their contact information and
the order numbers for the sleeves and envelopes later when I have access to
My small contribution to the topic.
On Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 12:19 PM, Nelson-Strauss, Brenda <
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> You're right, most of this have the same problem and lack of shelf space.
> First off, I would certainly advocate for assigning consecutive shelf
> numbers so you NEVER (well, almost never) have to shift items. I've also
> looked at a few products to replace jewel cases, but couldn't find anything
> that would accommodate the back tray cards + booklets. Perhaps others will
> write in with suitable options.
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> Subject: Maximizing CD Storage Space
> Hi Guys,
> We currently have something on the order of 15,000 CDs are faced with
> space problems like the majority on this list. The issue is maximizing
> shelf space while keeping the physical objects easily accessible. We file
> CDs by label and catalogue number.
> Right now we have ours in the standard issue jewel cases, one deep on
> shelves vertically with the spine turned out like normal LP storage. This
> lends itself to easy incorporation of new product, with some shifting, but
> requires lots of shelf space.
> I've heard some have a preference for standing vertical in boxes placed on
> shelves with box ends labeled and facing outward which allows more product
> on the shelves. The big drawbacks are the lack of easy browsing and
> incorporation of new product without considerable attention to shifting.
> Your thoughts on these practices and other suggestions are welcome.
> The second issue would have to do with the physical packaging of the CD
> and related artwork. At this point, I'd like to get some thoughts on doing
> away with ONLY the standard, generic, nondescript single and multiple CD
> jewel cases while retaining and storing ALL related artwork in a
> nonmutilated state. Anything else including Box Sets and nonstandard
> packaging such as cardboard jacketed and digipack type housing would be
> kept in its original form with the addition of an inventory sticker.
> Standard jewel cases are fragile, bulky and take up loads of space. There
> are several available alternatives available including the Jewel Sleeve and
> Disc Sox.
> Jewel Sleeves are currently made exclusively from polyvinylchloride or
> PVC BAD!!
> Disc Sox are currently being manufactured using polypropylene......
> Polypropylene good??
> Again, any thoughts on these two products or alternatives would be welcome.
> Best! :-)
> Martin Fisher
> Center for Popular Music