I have also come to that point. I have about 5,000 lp's. I started going thru mine about six months ago. I am organizing them in three groups. Group one is going to a thrift store. These are in nice condition, but not mint. Group two will be put back and stored for now. These are near mint but not listened to. Group three will be kept in my music room. These I plan to enjoy.
I am a 'vinylholic'. I had about 12,000 Lps with nearly half stashed awaay in closets, lining walls in boxes..
Then the crisis of having to move hit. I managed to get rid of all but 6,000 i had shelving for.
Now, I weed stuff out regulary to make room for new stuff. I do buy multiple copies of my favorites. (as if I need to 'rescue' them!) Then i get rid of the multiple copies later...
Anway, I go through my stuff a get rid of stuff i do not think, maybe, someday I will REALLY want this. With 6,000 I have little excuse to hold back the lesser stuff from the discard pile.
So I have been improving my collection considerably. I do NOT want to leave 30,000 Lps with only a few thousand worth hauling away in something OTHER than a dumpster.
So now i have a pretty nice collection with about 1,900 Jazz, 1,900 Classical, and 2,200 Rock/Pop Lps.
That someone would actually want.
If stuff does not fit into the shelves freely, I get rid of something. So i will have only this many.. forever (as i plan on taking them to my grave... LOL)
One point is I have a good selection locally, of used LPs stores. lucky lucky.
Elizabeth, perhaps you also want them to rescue you.
I listen for about 500 hours a year, that includes what was recorded in digital. Collections of this size are incredible.
I, on the other hand, listen to music (now that I am retired) for at LEAST TEN hours a day, every day. So I listen to music 3,5000 hours up to 4,000 hours a year.
So, yeah, my records rescue me from any other waste of time.
Listening to music wastes about 100% of my free time. (I may be on the computer while listening, but that does not stop the sound. I WOULD listen even more hours of the day, but I tend to start watching TV around 10:30... When I would either have to switch to earphones. (though sometimes I do listen into the night on earphones...
And your comment, Inna, sounds a LOT like jealousy.. LOL!
My region seems to produce much of the usual suspects for the used bins. Like Elizabeth, I can't help "rescuing" mint common stuff that I like for 50 cents or a dollar just because it doesn't deserve to go out that way-- That's why I have six early-press copies of Aja and five mint copies of Learning to Crawl and four copies of Reggatta de Blanc. I do have two young daughters who express some interest in the arcane art of vinyl spinning, and one of them shows some technical facility, so there's hope for my Golden Years. I've bought them some Rickie Lee Jones and Stray Cats and Michael Jackson and other stuff they like, all under a dollar a pop. I have these in their own crate, so they don't count. Just move on, folks, nothing to see here.
I am always finding new people to give any extra copies of items I 'rescue'. First I gave them to my five children, along with a spinner. Then the eight grandchildren grew up and are now getting rescued copies, and of course a spinner to play them on. Since a great grand child has recently showed up, I now have another excuse to continue in 'rescue' mode. The 'beat' goes on.
I have cut my record collection in half several times, due to moving into progressivley smaller spaces. Got rid of things I had outgrown and thought I would never want to listen to again (e.g, Gentle Giant, Roxy Music, Tangerine Dream) There are occasional pangs of regret (e.g., shouldn't have thrown out the Keith Jarret.) Hard to decide on some I might listen to, but probably won't (12-tone Schoenberg?) But since there are still 4 or 5 thousand, more than I will ever listen to, and I still don't have enough space and need to divest more, I don't feel bad about the occuasional error. It makes no sense to keep everything. Can't find the title I'm looking for often enough, as it is.
It is a very positive step to weed out the lowest quality records. Leaves a better, more useful and easier to browse collection.
Jealousy or envy, Elizabeth?
Here I thought it was illegal to get rid of any lp's. Thought I'd be shunned by the audiophile world for even thinking of doing it... Hey Mikey, there's that odd fellow who removed part of his vinyl collection....
Seriously, I haven't listened to the last couple dozen or so I've bought. I have close to 200 I haven't played yet, and I'm wondering if I will ever listen to them all. Around 90 of them are 12 inch singles of the rap variety that I couldn't see going to the garbage. I hate rap, but still couldn't even think about seeing them destroyed. Weird, eh?
Just the other day I found an antique store with a dealer who has hundreds of excellent old lp's for sale. Maybe we can make some sort of deal on a trade....
I've got around 8,000 LPs (give or take a few hundred) and, like Elizabeth, I am now retired, so I have time to mess around with the "collection," which consists of around 500 rock titles from the 50' and 60's with the balance a divided between classical and jazz.
About 6,500 LPs are stored in cabinets or custom-made shelving. I ordered my first custom made shelf from a place called *Nude Furniture* in 1985. It holds about 750 records, and at the time I figured it would be sufficient for years to come. Talk about "misunderestimating!" I've also got over 50 of the Per Madsen cubes, as well as a couple of other types of dedicated LP shelving I picked up over the years. About 1,500 records are still in boxes - - no remaining shelf space and no place to place any new shelving without really junking up the house. Time to winnow the collection down.
I have started the process by giving some of the records away - - mostly dupes but also some titles that I didn't care for. I have even (shudder!) begun pitching some records into the trash. And I have toyed with the idea of selling some of the choice items that I just don't appreciate that much but are saleable (e.g., some of the Mosaic jazz sets, and some classical rarities, like Joseph Szigeti's traversal of the Bach sonatas/partita's for solo violin - Bach Guild 627/9 - that I picked up for $3.00 used and even in the current market is worth a couple hundred bucks.
My goal is similar to Elizabeth's - limit the size of the collection to what current total shelving capacity can handle. How successful I'll be is another matter.
I'm going the way of Rshak and Elizabeth. After trying everything over the years, I prefer to keep my LPs in the "200 LP" carpeted crates from Odyssey or Grundorf. Expensive, yes, but american-made, of uniform size, and with the recessed hardware very portable (by two people when full...). This does limit the size of my collection, which is good. At the crossroads last week, I figured I needed two more to house the stuff that sits out on the shelves but that I have removed repeatedly from the "take to the used record buyer" shelf. I split the difference and bought one more, leaving about 150 without storage. I'm now listening to those, and will know if I need to keep them. If I get rid of the second or third copies of things I consider essential, my troubles are over, but I hold onto these in case I ever need to get somebody hooked on the hobby. Now my confession: I keep thinking that if I got down to 700 titles, total, that I could listen to two sides per day and never hear the same thing for two years. Something about this seems very attractive to me, and no, I have not lost interest in vinyl, just the opposite-- I just want each experience to have maximum impact for the trouble I go through. "Beware the man who owns only one gun." I can always keep one crate next to the 16.5 for unexplored thrift store finds.