IKEA loves Vinyl

UPDATE June 2013 – Collection passes 1,000 mark: added 3rd and 4th Expedit


IKEA EXPEDIT storage cabinets x4, filing system: alphabetic by artist surname, then chronological within artist by date recorded, oldest first. Guaranteed to lay your hand on the record you want within… a very short space of time. Too busy eh? Time invested in filing repays time saved every time you look for a record. More importantly, it keeps your collection alive. If it’s all a mess, the temptation to just leave it gathering dust because you can never find anything, so you don’t bother. The return on records comes from playing them, not from owning them.

UPDATED (October 2013) LJC learns a trick or two from much smarter collectors, and then leapfrogs them.

The filing system is now as described here, Cataloging Your Collection, the LJC way. Artist chronology via the original record label release catalogue number. Works well to integrate reissues and non-US releases into the artists original recording chronology.

For example – Coltrane: Prestige (including Esquire), then Atlantic (including London) , then Impulse (including HMV),

Bill Evans: Riverside, then Verve

Miles Davis: Blue Note, Prestige (including Esquire) , then Columbia (including CBS and Fontana)

Monk: Riverside, then Columbia (including CBS);

UK Reissues like HMV-Impulse,London-Atlantic, and Japanese King and Toshiba Blue Note sort back into their original Blue Note catalogue number. Works for me.



16 thoughts on “IKEA loves Vinyl

  1. Hello. I bought a record Impulse A-43-A. A product of ABC-paramount records.inc. The original label.Can tell which is the year of publication?Best wishes. Andrey.


    • A-43-A Sonny Stitt, recorded June 10, 1963: the -A suffix was added to the catalogue numbering system of Impulse new releases at A-79-A, at a time when the label was still ABC Paramount Records Inc. Reissues followed the practice of adding the A suffix on the label.

      If you have A-43-A on ABC Paramount (not A-43) then you have a later second pressing, manufactured some time after early 1965. The first release would have been Autumn 1963.

      Amazing what just one letter can tell you.


    • I understand IKEA have stopped selling the chunky Expedit, but are making something that has the same capacity, but not the continuity of the same chunky design. Billy?

      Last time I went to IKEA I bought a few things and had to take them all back. Like many “too big” organisations, it has fallen in love with itself, but has lost touch with its customers. They are not alone.


  2. They also made the Fonolit, a gooseneck lamp with a sturdy screw down clamp. With a name like that, of course it was made to illuminate your ‘table as the blue and white spins at 33.3rpm.

    Also, they’ve introduced the Kallax range, the next gen Expedit.


    • IKEA have no idea why anyone buys their products. They just look at the volume of sales of different lines and retire some and promote others. The Expedit range has been a huge support for vinyl collectors. They didn’t introduce it for that reason, it was chance, and they haven’t a clue why we would miss it.I recommend every one to head down to their nearest IKEA and buy what they will soon not be able to,.


      • Yes indeed! Even though I’ve only one shelf I’ll soon be in need of a second so will have to get down there to buy another one soon even if I don’t even need it yet. At ~$60 USD per shelf it would be silly not to….


  3. Being in the discographical writing business since 1985 I would like to make a short note which maybe can solve the “original” problem.

    Let us call only 1st issue of a title “original”.

    So there are piano-rolls, acetates, 78rpm, 45rpm, 10inch, 12inch. Yes, even CD, videos, cassettes or even radio broadcasts and private tapes should be called “originals”.
    The term is not reserved for 33rpm only.
    Dr. Michael Frohne


    • Fair comment Michael.

      The word “original” is much abused by LP record sellers, so it is worthy of special consideration, as is the term “reissue” .(My scope is limited to LPs, so I have no knowledge of many other formats)

      Some of the early Blue Note recordings were first released on 10″, so strictly speaking, are some of the first 12″ LPs are not “originals” though I would refer to them as “original Blue Note”ie pre-1966, as opposed to “Blue Note reissues” after the company changed hands.

      I struggle with first European release of US recordings. You often see the words “UK Original”, for example to describe ’60s first UK release by CBS of Columbia recordings. I guess it helps to distinguish first same-time UK release from later UK “reissues”

      I find myself on the side of Humpty Dumpty, who said basically a word means whatever I choose it to mean – not to mislead, but to provide some clarity in the absence of any official legal description.

      I don’t know how this chimes with the world of discography. How do you describe the many variations of reissues?


  4. Hi! ? (London Jazz Collector)

    Thank you for responding to my email, and also explaining how things work, I had no idea, never did this before.

    By the way, who exactly are you? I’m a little confused.

    Well, thanks again, and take care.



  5. What does “on original vinyl,” “on a budget” mean exactly? I have several Kenny Dorham Vinyl 78 records. How much would you typically pay for one of these? I’m curious. Thanks.


    • Hi Leslie
      “Original vinyl” for me means vinyl plastic 12″ 33rpm Long Playing records (LPs) recorded and released in the Fifties and Sixties. Not shellac 78’s, nor 10″ not very long playing vinyl, nor 45rpm 7″ EPs nor “singles”. Life is to short to collect them all.

      78’s are a specialist field in their own right. There are people that collect them, but from what I hear, when collectors decide they have “too many records” due to storage problems, the 78’s are the first to go, due to weight, fragility, and generally finding they haven’t played them in years. So more than a few long term collectors have thrown a\way or given away their 78’s. I don’t own any, though I know shops that still have a very small selection – may be twenty or thirty collectibles, and thats it.
      I have seen anything between £10 – 30, and £50 for highly collectible 78’s, more if it is Charlie Parker and autographed!. Many recordings that were first released on 78 were then subsequently released on the “new” LP format in the early 1950’s, so there is little to be gained.

      That’s as much as I know.


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