Unfinished Oak Record Shelves
One Unfinished Oak Record Shelf unit, minimal assembly required. Each shelf holds 150 LPs. Interlocking construction allows stacking up to six shelves high.
At some point, virtually every record collector tussles with the quandary of how to store their ever-growing collection of cherished LPs. As avid collectors ourselves, we are sadly aware of the limitations of available vinyl storage options. Though they are an affordable solution, cardboard LP storage boxes are unsightly, cumbersome to keep organized, and stack poorly. Ditto for milk crates and the slew of other on-the-cheap storage methods.
Designed initially to house our personal record collections, the Mapleshade Record Shelf System incorporates several key features:
• Durable Construction. Hand-crafted by the same Amish family that makes our rock-solid SAMSON racks, the elegantly handsome Mapleshade Record Shelf System uses first rate solid ¾”oak or our air-dried, old-growth Ambrosia maple. Its components are rigidly and meticulously assembled using no staples, cardboard, plastic, or MDF. Thus our Record Shelf System offers exceptional material and construction quality.
• Ease of Use. Assembly is simple, requiring only a screwdriver. Stored 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 shelf holds 150 LPs. Add extra units as needed. Our interlocking shelves are so sturdy and rigid that they can be stacked 6 units high. This allows you to store up to 900 LPs in little more than 2 1/2 square feet of precious floor space. Our Record Shelf System is designed to expand as your collection grows.
• Furniture Grade Quality. Though affordable, our Unfinished Oak Shelves exude quality and elegance. They can be used as-is or, since they are carefully sanded smooth, they are ready for your DIY finishing. If you prefer, Ben and Crist will happily provide a fine multicoat lacquer finish for a modest additional cost. If you wish to match Mapleshade SAMSON racks and/or platforms, the Finished Ambrosia Maple Record Shelves offer the same strikingly beautiful, unique grain character and rich lacquer finish that have drawn such great accolades from our customers and their spouses. Either finished or unfinished, our Record Shelf System is far more attractive than any mass-produced, semi-disposable Swedish furniture you’ll find.
• minimal assembly required
• each module holds 150 LPs
• interlocking construction allows stacking up to six modules high
• internal dimensions: 24" wide x 13" deep x 13" tall
• external dimensions: 27" wide x 13-3/4" deep x 14-1/2" tall
• weight: 13.8 lbs each
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
||Perfect for My Needs
|I have been looking for a convenient record storage system for many years. I thought about using the Ikea Expedit / Kallax series, but when I discovered these crates from Mapleshade, I was sold. The rolling Dolly / Caster and the fact that they are stack-able and easy to move around make it perfect for my needs. I purchased the unfinished oak, and will stain them different colors. I WILL be ordering more because my record collection is huge!! - DJ OhsoKool, NY|
|- DJ OhsoKool, NY|