This moveable Maple Artisan Shelf configuration was designed with convienience in mind. This two-sided 'rolling stack' of four interlocked modules can storage and organize all types of vinyl and digital media. All modules are handmade from 3/4" Ambrosian maple with a multicoat clear lacquer finish that brings out beautiful figuring and details in the Ambrosian wood grain. We've shown the Flip-Thru Shelf as the top module in this configuration (a comfortable standing height for browsing), but modules can be arranged in the stack as desired. This Maple Artisan configuration includes:
(1) Maple Artisan Flip-Thru Shelf with Walnut Base and Top Inlay
Forward facing storage for all types of vinyl, holds up +/- 350 45s.
(1) three-tier Maple Media Shelf for CDs
Holds 177 standard CDs.
(1) two-tier Maple Media Shelf for Blu-rays & DVDs
Holds 100 Blu-rays or 82 DVDs.
(1) Maple Artisan Record Shelf with Walnut Base Inlay
Holds 150 standard LPs.
(1) Finished Maple Caster Base
Soft treads will not mar hardwood floors; the dual wheel design will roll well on carpet (660 lbs max load).
Virtually every music collector tussles with the quandary of how to store their ever-growing collection of vinyl, CDs and myriad other music and movie formats. As avid collectors ourselves, we've struggled most of our lives against the limitations of available storage options. There are very few choices for shelving that can store and organize LPs, 45s and 78s — and none that also accomodate CDs, SACDs, DVD-A, Blu-rays, et al. Born from our popular LP shelves, our Music Shelf Systems incorporate several key features that offer unprecedentence options for organizing music and movies:
• Durable Construction Hand-crafted by the same Amish family that makes our rock-solid SAMSON racks, our handsome Music Shelf System uses top quality solid ¾” oak or Ambrosian. Crist and Uri meticulously fabricate (note:they don't assemble) the components using no staples, cardboard, plastic, or MDF. Our Interlocking Shelf System offers exceptional materials and handcrafted quality.
• Ease of Use Assembly is simple, requiring only a screwdriver. Stored CDs and LPs have all their spines clearly visible. That obscure European pressing of your favorite artist is always right at your fingertips. No unstacking and restacking of boxes, no sifting from crate to crate. Your complete collection is readily accessible and easy to keep organized so you can focus on listening to great music.
• Expandability Each Media Shelf unit holds 177 CDs, 98 Blu-rays, or 82 DVDs in standard cases; Record Shelves hold 150 LPs. (Slightly less for thicker display boxes). Media Shelves can interlock on top of LP Shelves or, when placed back-to-back, intermixed into a stack. Extra units can be added and interlocked as needed. Our solid-wood shelves are so sturdy and rigid that they can be stacked five high with ease. We also offer a fixed floor mount base and a rolling castor base that makes it easy to move stacked shelves.
• Furniture Grade Quality Either finished or unfinished, our versatile Music Shelf Systems exude quality and are far more attractive than any mass-produced-overseas furniture you’ll find. These handcrafted shelves are locally produced in Maryland by an Amish family of craftsmen that Mapleshade has worked closely with for over a decade.
• Store ALL Forms of Music in Your Collection The overall Mapleshade Shelf System is thoughtfully designed to provide attractive, interlocking units that can store LPs, all digital disc media, 45s (facing you), cassettes, 8-tracks, even Edison Cylinders — and for endless non-music related purposes. Record Shelves with inlays serve double duty for 10” records, 78s, and open-reel tapes. Paired with our rolling caster bases and other accessories, our Music Shelf System allows collectors to organize and personalize their music collections with convenience that no other means of storage can offer.
REVIEW by The Absolute Sound, August 2014
It wasn’t too long ago that I figured my vinyl-buying days were over. By high-end standards my collection was a modest one, maybe 1500 or so LPs. But they were choice—carefully culled over the years, only the best discs had survived. These were stored on classic Per Madsen stackable oak record racks accumulated back in the 1980s. By the turn of the millennium my collection was neither growing nor shrinking, and Per Madsen was no longer building record racks.
However, with the premium vinyl resurgence of the last few years my collection has begun increasing once again. I’ve been playing more records than ever. And as in my long-ago college days, I’ve got batches of records sitting on the floor once more. Long story short, I never thought I’d be in the market for another LP rack system.
But riding to the rescue was Mapleshade. A stalwart of the high end, Mapleshade’s beginnings can be traced to the purist recordings of engineer Pierre Sprey, who built the Mapleshade Studio in 1986 and launched the Mapleshade label in 1990. Achieving renown for their indie audiophile recordings, Mr. Sprey and his partners also researched and developed what has turned into a full-blown catalog (68 pages and counting) and a grab bag of tweaks, cable, racks, and mods.
The racks are constructed of 3/4" finished or unfinished oak or finished Ambrosia maple, and are still hand-crafted by the same Amish family that also builds Mapleshade’s massive Samson racks. They are beautifully sawn with clean edges and immaculate corners. Even in the unfinished oak that I opted for, the smooth grain was like silk to the touch. The racks are stackable and stable up to four units high. At 27", they are wider and heavier than the Per Madsen 18" standard, and the planks are cut thicker—all the better to support the latest crop of 200-gram reissues.
Admittedly I’m no Thomas Chippendale, so the prospect of assembling anything with more than two or three parts was a little unnerving. However these Mapleshades were a snap. The materials arrived so carefully packaged that the planks and end pieces hadn’t shifted an inch within the box. Each rack is made up of two square vertical end pieces, a pair of right-angle planks, and two flat planks, all connected by eight wood screws and four tiny wood plugs. (Pre-tapped holes are aligned and neatly sunk into each rack to accept the wood plugs for righteously secure stackability.) No glue is required anywhere.
It took a mere fifteen minutes to assemble a Mapleshade rack, gather up a few dozen homeless LPs, and slide them securely into place. Aligning the edges of each jacket just as I always have, I stood back and surveyed my efforts and felt a wave of nostalgia. I recollected a time when I nearly gave up my records for a new “improved” format. But now, years later, I’m far more skeptical of such claims. As vinyl continues to be issued and reissued, LPs have never seemed more alive and relevant. Thanks to Mapleshade finding a place to store them will never be a problem again. —Neil Gader