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Posted on Jul 2, 2012 8:55:24 AM PDT
Dr. Mikey says:
E., You mean Ron Popiel. He was probably pitching the Veg-O-Matic or the Pocket Fisherman back then :).

Mark, Bela Fleck has played with lots of bluegrass ensembles, but the Flecktones music is impossible to classify. Still, I get the point.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 7:26:13 AM PDT
E. Dill says:
Ok, I got my answer and it took all of a minute or less.

I skipped the entire history of the technology (going back at least to the 1920s) and got to its demise...

"The End of the Wire Recorder

Wire recorders never approached the sales of other electronic devices of the day such as televisions and radios, and went into sharp decline after 1954. In the 1954-55 retail "season," high fidelity equipment became a big seller. While tape recorders (which also suffered from relatively slow sales through the 1950s) became part of the hi-fi phenomenon, wire recorders faded into obscurity. Why did the home wire recorders of the postwar period fail? My theory is that 1) designers of wire recorders aimed at the mass market rather than the professional market, and this led to the perception that wire recording was second-rate, especially compared to tape recording; 2) record companies failed to embrace the new technology, leaving consumers with no pre-recorded wires and hence fewer ways to enjoy the wire recorder; 3) the Armour-designed wire recorders were difficult to use and unreliable. They had the annoying tendency to snarl wires, and the wire was so fine that handling it could be aggravating; and 4)after the LP record appeared in 1948/9 with massive corporate support, it was more difficult to convince consumers that wire recorders would be the next big thing. "

Hell, if they could sell the 8 track, the Pet Rock and a radio built into a toilet paper roller, the wire recorder could have been sold. Where was Ron Pipeo (sp?) back then. And where is that can of spray on hair that I ordered? I need it fast!


Posted on Jul 2, 2012 7:15:53 AM PDT
E. Dill says:
darrell lee hodge:

<<I also have a working 8 track player>>

When I was 16-17, we moved into a rental duplex and it had a wire recorder there. It didn't work. I had no idea who to go to for a repair and since it wasn't mine, I didn't pursue it. I have no idea how long the wire recorder lasted and if it was ever popular. Maybe I'll finally check it out when I finish here. (It couldn't have been worse than the 8 track, with songs split between tracks, etc.)

I did have two or three reel to reel tape recorders while in the Army. I finally gave them up when I realized I had hundreds of songs on tape and had never indexed them. And even if I had, finding a song on a long tape was a bit of a drag and the more manipulations you made the more chance of breakage, etc. So, when I got out of the Army with most of my records on tape, I sold it and began the chore of replacing the albums on the cheap. I found a great used record store and within several months, had managed to replace most of the 300 albums without breaking the bank. (What bank? I was looking for work).


In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2012 7:56:44 PM PDT
Mark Ford says:
In your response to how i have them stored , the cd's are stored in shelves as well my vinyl. They're all in one room and in a closet. In one of your earlier post regarding to Bela Fleck's genre,I'LL label it bluegrass, But some extent it's also a mix of jazz, classical,and country AND It's difficult to identify some artists genre. IT's a matter of ones opinion.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 9:29:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 27, 2012 9:30:11 PM PDT
L. Turner says:
Paper sleeves seem the best way to go if continual adding to ones CD collection is the path going forward. My plan is to use CD paper sleeves once my stock of slim-lines are depleted. Some years back I was able to buy 100 packs of CD slim-lines for under $11.00 The best prices I've seen in recent years is over $20.00 for the same quanity. Paper is cheaper and wastes less space.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 9:11:46 PM PDT
L. Turner says:
There might be some pistol size comps going on. Other than this forum, few if anyone really cares how much music we have or don't have. Organizing well the growing amounts of music related stuff we accumulate seems to be a common problem.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 9:06:48 PM PDT
Dr. Mikey says:
Mark, thanks for the info. Are they all in one cabinet, shelved, in racks? Do you keep them in jewel boxes, slimlines, paper sleeves? I've gotta get serious about my chaos around here. BTW, I don't call it music :).

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 9:02:48 PM PDT
Is this a pissing contest?

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 7:00:50 PM PDT
Mark Ford says:
Dr. MIKEY , i have them alphabetized by the artist. i have all genres except rap if you call it music, from ABBA to ZZ TOP, that includes both my vinyl and cd,s . i started purchasing cd's since 1989,and have bought albums at the time i was 12 years old,from my paper route money . i'm 52 years old and i enjoy all kinds of music.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 6:59:47 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 26, 2012 8:10:24 PM PDT
At last count I had about 800....another 100 bought through itunes

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 6:46:58 PM PDT
Dr. Mikey says:
Mark, may I ask how you keep your large collection oraganized?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 6:29:23 PM PDT
Mark Ford says:
i have over 7500 cd,s and 2500 vinyl albums

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 12:25:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 25, 2012 12:29:26 PM PDT
rokroller says:
cd's are pushing 6000; lp's are around 1500..
started buying cd's about a year and a half before I bought a cd player; was waiting (successfully) for the price to come down. The first 2 that I bought were Abbey Road & Dark Side Of The Moon.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 10:53:44 AM PDT
Dr. Mikey says:
T. Boyle, I understand the problem of organizing by genre. For example, how would you classify Bela Fleck? I also like your idea of using under the staircase space. Unfortunately, I live in a split level. I also don't have one location large enough for all my collection. I suppose I could build shelves or get cases for the living room, but it would take up too much room. I need a huge music room, where I could keep and listen to all my music, plus keep my guitars -- in another life, perhaps. One "good" thing, I guess, is that my wife's housekeeping standards are even lower than mine, so she doesn't care what I do. I'm the one wanting things neated up a bit.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 10:36:55 AM PDT
T. Boyle says:
I built my own shelves under the basement stairs and keep the CDs & cassettes there. I have a relatively small amount of LPs, so I keep those in another bookshelf with the boxed set boxes. Initially, I stored them all on dowel racks in the living room, but when we moved to our current house, my wife was unhappy with how they looked. I was going to build a cabinet for music storage, but it was a whole lot cheaper and faster to put up simple shelves in a hidden location. Plus, shelves make it easier to shift the albums side to side when I add new titles. I am currently in the process of ripping the music from CD to iTunes and so now I listen to my iPod much more than the original CDs, which helps me avoid the inconvenience of keeping my originals in the basement. Eventually, I plan to upgrade my stereo equipment in the basement family room, so the music will then be strategically placed.

As far as organization, I keep a few categories segregated from the bulk of the titles: Chrismas, Jazz, Classical, and Pop (which are mostly my wife's). The rest (Rock, Hard Rock, Metal, & Blues) are mixed alphabetically by artist name. If the artist is a person, they are alphabetized by last name, as God intended. Within each artist, solo projects from band members are mixed chronologically within band releases. Soundtracks are included at the end with the various artist collections, except for the soundtracks performed by a single artist, which are mixed in with that artist. This organization makes all of the albums easy to find. I started making divider cards with artist names on them, but that proved to be time-consuming and unnecessary, so I tabled that project.

I've tried organizing everything by genre, but that became too confusing when trying to decide which artist fit into each - especially when a band's sound evolves over time.

Hope this helps!

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 5:44:11 AM PDT
I had CD "Bookshelves" custom-made at an unfinished furniture place. They are fourteen shelves tall, about two feet wide. You can fit an awful lot of CDs in these. Some don't fit, the big box sets and occasional larger-than-standard CDs, but most do.

As for filing: I file all my popular and jazz CDs by artist, alphabetically. Soundtracks are arranged alphabetically in "S". Christmas CDs are in "C". The sui generis CDs that do not feature one artist come at the end, arranged alphabetically by title. Usually I'm able to find what I want.

With classical, I file the CDs by composer if one composer dominates the CD. This leaves many miscellaneous CDs out, and I file them after the composer section, arranged by record label. BIS or Hyperion or Naxos.

It works for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 1:28:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 25, 2012 1:41:54 AM PDT
L. Turner says:
Dr. Mikey,

I can relate to your confusion with regard to having music neatly organized and easy to find. If you are single, any option you choose is fine? I'm married, so I tend to avoid hogging the floor space which most gals don't care for. Walls and closets are my desired spots to keep records and CD's. Most of my records are on upright shelves in 3 different places. If space were no problem, I'd organize records like the way record stores used to display them. Most of my CD's are in a built in 3 drawer cabinet. In recent years I have made an effort to a-z music according to 3 different types of music. Secular rock and such placed in one area, contemporary Christian in another area, and classical/non rock elsewhere. Some people have opted for slimline CD cases (so have I). Envelope CD storage is something I'm strongly considering due to rising prices for slimline cases. My inclination tells me that eventually it would be desirable to take the best songs from marginal records, cassettes and CD's and transfer to CD-R's and then attempt to sell or trade the less desired original items. This buying and holding of music and stereo related gear tends to be an on/off obsession which leads to not having enough storage space and or enough time to enjoy all of these treats. If I die before my wife, she's going to be busy for a good while getting rid of most of my junk.

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 10:18:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2012 10:21:45 PM PDT
E. Dill says:
I have problems.

For awhile, I used free standing towers and as I kept adding them, trying to walk from place to place in my family room became impossible. I quickly filled up the towers I could fit in the room and that was that. I decided I didn't have enough wall space free to use shelves giving me immediate access to every row. I finally decided to get some 5-6' cabinets with 4 shelves and devided each of the four shelves into by adding a piece of cardboard. It is NOT working like a charm because the cardboard isn't stiff enough (plywood may be next) and even with that, I have two rows of cd's on each shelf and sub-shelf, making it necessary to remove the front row (or part of it) to get to the row behind. I MUST do that because I have no more room in the family room to add even more cabinets. I have seven cabinets and an open shelf unit (the only one where I can get to all the cd's without moving anything out of the way). What I'm thinking of doing it getting some small plastic boxes with dimensions to allow 4 on each shelf. In that way, getting to the rear boxes would only take the removal of maybe one box. As it is, with the way things are, I can still find any album in a couple of minutes and I haven't yet indexed the shelves so I can tell where one shelf begins and ends alphabetically.

I also got rid of ALL plastic cd cases....even the thin ones....and went to paper sleeves. (All of my digipacks are being stored in a box if I ever decide I want them.). Going to the sleeves makes a LOT more room.

Am I happy with this. NO! But, once I figure out the boxes, it will be cool. I won't even need any kind of separator to split the shelves into an upper and lower level. Four boxes on a shelf will do it just fine and as long as they are marked alphabetically, it will be easy to find albums without making a mess. Now when I fill up all of those cabinets, I haven't a clue.

Maybe there WILL come a time when I'll begin to digitalize certain marginal albums and rid myself of the cds to make more room. As it is, I have my vinyl albums in the garage in peach crates but have essentially stopped buying vinyl unless I see something that is impossible to ignore. My cassettes are in "under the bed" boxes and larger plastic boxes in a couple of closets. They are absolutely impossible to deal with in total. As filed, the only way to deal with them is pick a box and keep it available for a week or month and then go to another. Some of the boxes are 7-8 high in two stacks in my closet and getting a single cassette from, say, a bottom box would be hernia inducing.

Hows that for a description of how to organize music.


Posted on Jun 24, 2012 9:51:04 PM PDT
Dr. Mikey says:
I am looking for some advice on how to categorize and store (shelve) CDs and LPs. One would think that doing it alphabetically would be best, but I have some of mine scatttered out here and there based on genre (rock, pop, jazz, country, etc.) since I use three sound systems depending on where I am in the house. (None of the three would be impressive to a real audiophile, I'm sure.) I kind of keep certain CDs in certain places, but am always forgetting what is where. Consequently, I can never find an album I want to play and am getting more and more frustrated the more CDs and records I acquire. Also, storage cabinets and racks only hold so many CDs. This is a problem because if you alphabetize, you have to remove some CDs from drawers to make room for others; then there is no room for the ones you remove. I'm even thinking of getting rid of some books in my built in bookcases to make room for CDs, but some shelves are big and others small. Is it better to just have one location and do it alphabetically? Or does anyone have any ideas on how to store your songs for good access and protection? I have some stuff on iTunes on my computer, but I'm not crazy about downloads, so I'm talking about physical space. I'm getting back to vinyl a bit more and am kicking myself for getting rid of about 1000 records about ten years ago when I had lost interest in vinyl. I guess I have a couple of thousand CDs and maybe a thousand LPs. Please take my rambling as a call for help at this point, as I'm getting overwhelmed. Thanks.

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 7:15:55 PM PDT
KBIC says:
iTunes says I have 2239 albums. A small percentage is downloaded. I know that I have 7 and a half bankers boxes filled with CDs and 7+ 12x12x16 boxes filled with records. I just moved and that is why everything is boxed up at the moment.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012 6:06:09 PM PDT
Yes Mr. O'Hanlon, why do you think it is "illegal" to copy CD's that someone "owns"? Maybe because you actually read that stupid FBI Warning label and believed it! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!

I can copy anything I want for my own use :P

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 5:16:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2012 5:23:43 PM PDT
E. Dill says:
I'm guessing 10s of thousands. At one time I was convinced (without counting) that I had 20-30,000 LP's alone. Then I did a quick count, assuming around 300 albums per Peach crate and found I was off by about 15,000. So much for my guessing.

If I actually have 15,000 lps and another 15,000 albums on cassette and at least 5000 cd's, we're in the 35,000+ ballpark.

Why? Beats me. It's obsessive. I'm 65 and I'm still collecting as if I'm just beginning. Some people collect cars, stamps, coins, matchbook covers, spouses, clothes/shoes, books (we have more than 1000, I'm sure), but my music collecting goes beyond actual listening. It's like trying to live out a childhood dream when you can.....thank God I chose music and not toys/games. Or porno.

And yes, for all the fun I DO have with my collecting, I remember back when with those 50 I owned and how important each one was to me. Now, with the sheer numbers, I often take one out and can't remember anything about it. And there are hundreds if not thousands (esp. the cheapo's I buy for $.25/1.00 that I sometimes file for "later listening" and then forget about them. Then I find them later by accident, listen and get blown away....ok, some of the time.

I'm glad this topic is INVITING the discussion. Whenever I list a lot of artists/albums I like, someone will suggest I've been copying them from some book. When I say they are all from MY collection, they say I'm bragging, i.e., the "my collection is bigger than your collection" schtick. The fact is, I never think that way and regardless of how obsessive I am, when I hear someone say they have 200-1000 albums, I think that is a very large collection, especially if you wish to be selective, collect only the best of the best for you and want only those you will make frequent use of.

I've gone into a record store, found an album I love on the budget shelves and bought it on the cheap only to give it away to someone. I simply could not stand for it sitting there unlistened to. (I've done that a few times with copies of The Chills "Submarine Bells".) Then I think of the number of great albums I find in my own collection collecting dust, awaiting an "airing" and I realize the least I could do is keep newly purchased cd's in a "to listen to" box until I can get to it at least once before they get lost when filed away.

The downside of becoming too exploratory is the lack of personal connection. When I owned 50 albums (and not even the best of the best albums for me), each one was special in some way. I could recognize them from the spine on the album cover, get off on the cover art and the inner sleeve art/information and, most importantly, the music within. I guess it's like a woman with 500 pairs of shoes. Can each one be as special as when she owned 5? But it's too late for me to go back. I love the investigation to find worthy music and the challenge to get it without going broke (I'm already broke). But mostly, I love the music.....if it doesn't get lost in the shuffle.

ed (with a music "jones")

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012 4:01:06 PM PDT
sowhat says:
probably around 400... and I can honestly say probably 200 of them, I don't care for any more.
It's as if I went thru stage in my life. Now I much prefer orchestras. Used too it was always
vocalist. Now I find most vocalist just boring, boring, boring.

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 3:59:47 PM PDT
How is it illegal to digitalize the CDs you purchased?
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