Anyone suggest a wholesale to the public source for fibre/strapping/filament reinforced tape? I'm thinking 3" Joe Salerno Video Works! Is it working for you? PO Box 273405 - Houston TX 77277-3405 http://joe.salerno.com ----- Original Message ----- From: "Richard Warren" <[log in to unmask]> To: <[log in to unmask]> Sent: Monday, February 02, 2004 1:52 PM Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] 78 RPM Packing Advice Requested > Hello All, > > As someone who has been shipping 78-rpm records for over 40 years, I can > second many of the suggestions. Making the closest you can get to a solid > mass is an excellent idea; many people use strong cloth or fiber tape with > junk records and a couple of cardboard squares on each end of a group of > discs to help render the pack solid and the disc unmoving in transit. The > other old rule in addition prescribes at least one inch of padding between > the outside of the group of discs and the outer world. I've seen wadded > newspaper, cardboard, foam in squares or popcorns, and bubble-wrap used > safely. Boxing each group of discs and surrounding each group with a box, > then padding, then an outer box is also good. Many dealers use these ideas > (of necessity -- it's their income that's at risk), and all I've done is > imitated them. It's only safe to take shortcuts on these methods if you > yourself are going to be doing all the work. > > Sincerely, Richard > > At 11:14 AM 2/2/2004 -0600, you wrote: > >Thanks to everyone for the very helpful and informative replies. I do > >have a couple of follow up questions: > > > >> > >>Your best bet would be 11" x 11" x 11" boxes (or 12" x 12" x 12"), the > >>records packed vertically (standing on end) tightly within but without > >>bulging and then use crushed newspaper to pad, as you suggest. > > > >Is there any particular reason that 11" x 11" x 11" would be better than > >10"x10"x10"? The 10" inch box would certainly make for a tighter fit. Is > >the concern based on the fact that, with a 10" box, the edge of the > >records would be touching the interior walls on all 4 sides? The 10" > >boxes are about 20 percent less expensive than the 11" boxes - but since > >my main concern is that the records arrive in good shape, that price > >difference is certainly not my deciding factor. > > > >> > >>You can leave the 10" records in the albums, but I cut all the sleeves > >>out > >>with an Xacto knife and tossed the cardboard outers and saved some > >>space and > >>weight. > > > > > >I am going to want to keep the storage albums as I have a feeling that I > >will have an easier time getting some of my money back by selling them > >than I will finding someone who wants the records that don't match my > >listening tastes. > > > >What is the best way to pack the filled albums? Yesterday, I experimented > >with a 12"x12"x12" box and found that 10 inch albums fit very nicely > >inside. Obviously, I would want to make sure that the top edge of the > >albums all face in the same direction and that the box is oriented so the > >records are vertical. My concern is with the safety of records that might > >be in albums that may have only 1 or 2 out of 10 sleeves filled. I have > >not seen the collection in person, so I am not sure what percentage of > >such albums there may be. When I look at empty or nearly empty albums, I > >notice that the ends of the covers come together at an angel. Completely > >filled albums, on the other hand, form a perfect rectangle and the records > >appear to be flat against each other. If a partially filled album were > >packed between a bunch of other albums which were completely filled, would > >the records in that album be at extra risk - or is the spine of the album > >cover designed to prevent that from happening? Is it recommended that, > >once in the box, the spine of the album covers all face in the same > >direction as they would if they were placed on a shelf? Or is it better > >to alternate the direction of the spine on each album? I have never > >really trusted albums so I rarely use them. > > > >Thanks again for all the help.