Keeping hot vinyl nice and cool

My dad has the most amazing music collection.

  • He started buying vinyl record albums when he was a teenager.

He was very into music in the 60s and 70s, and was a huge fan of British Invasion stars like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and so on. He was a music fan, not a collector, but he always maintained his records in the best condition. Over five decades, he has amassed several crates of vinyl, enough to fill a storage locker. He doesn’t care about their value, he just loves the music, but I see dollar signs when I look at these records, so I suggested a climate control system for the storage room. My dad misunderstood my meaning and laughed at me, explaining that records don’t melt just because they don’t have air conditioning. It would take a substantial level of heating to get them to soften to warp, which was not likely to happen in the spare room. He didn’t even have the air vents open in the room, meaning the air quality in there was not just warm, but also damp and stagnating. I had to explain to him that it wasn’t about the heating or the cooling, this was about maintaining a high level of air quality to keep them in perfect condition. I offered to pay to get a storage locker with high tech climate control features, and I offered to move all the records myself. He declined, missing my point entirely, because he wanted them close so he could listen to them, but at least he agreed to open the air vents in that room.

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