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Re: [ARSCLIST] Protecting LPs thru the mail

Funny, my experience was different when I was in the US. UPS was preferred
and USPS was avoided, as was DHL.  Each to there own I suppose.  Perhaps the
best method is that the person/instutition picks it up themselves (if the
can, ofcourse).  As an archivist though, I would NOT be sending the
'original' (from the collection).  If possible a listening copy on CD would
be sent, as long as all copyrights had been looked in to and passed by the
correct agencies.  It is a hassle, but the world as we now know it.


On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 10:41 PM, Tom Fine <tflists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> I recommend a 12" square of bubblewrap on each side of the cardboard-LP
> "sandwich", too. This is standard operating practice for Mosaic Records and
> I've never received damaged goods from them.
> Actually, you may learn alot if you call up Mosaic and Acoustic Sounds
> (phone numbers are all over their websites). Explain you'd like tips from
> their shipping department and they are both small enough operations that you
> will likely get right to the man or woman who is packing records that very
> day.
> My experience is that the USPS is less destructive than UPS and other
> shippers. The only reason I can think of is that an LP package sent Media
> Mail via the USPS is not likely piled on with big and heavy stuff, more
> likely small lighter stuff that typically travels thru the postal system. A
> UPS loading dock is pretty merciless on flimsy packaging.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "B. George" <arcmusic@xxxxxxxx>
> To: <ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 3:23 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Protecting LPs thru the mail
> We use standard LP boxes that are used by the industry to send us new
>>  releases.
>> They hold 1-3 discs
>> We have hundreds of these from over the years.
>> As suggested bags has them.
>> Try U-Line.com - my guess is cheaper, box # S-167
>> The standard Weyerhaeuser box is RM50-203
>> We place each LP in a plastic sleeve, and use 2 sheets of flat 12" sq
>>  cardboard, inside the box, in front and back of the LP.
>> B
>> The ARChive of Contemporary Music

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