Anyone purchase record storage shelves from Mapleshade?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by JorgeGvb, Aug 8, 2020.

  1. JorgeGvb

    JorgeGvb Senior Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Virginia Beach
    I need to replace a large shelf system I bought years ago for storing records. The Mapleshade shelves look like they are quality shelves, but I was hoping someone can give some insight if they actually have them.

    Mapleshade Modular Furniture - Finished Walnut

    If anyone knows of similar type shelves, please chime in. I prefer real wood and not particle board.
     
  2. pacvr

    pacvr Forum Resident

    Location:
    Maryland
    @JorgeGvb ,

    I have the Mapleshade in maple with cherry inserts currently at 2-levels. Very well made and finished - solid wood; made in USA and should last 100+ years. Couple of items - there is no center divider (nice to break-up the shelf) but I have used the following that works perfectly - Lipper Bamboo Dresser Drawer Dividers (Set of 2) . They are delivered very well flat-packed so you have to do some assembly - quite a few screws but all pre-drilled and you do need to pay attention to the directions - its interlocking and once assembled very stiff. I have no regrets and I added the top shelf option for added added function. I would see no issues with a shelf stack of 4-levels.
     
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  3. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

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  4. GryphonForsell

    GryphonForsell Active Member

    Location:
    NJ
    I have both the original Per Madsen Rackit and the Mapleshade shelves.
    I prefer the Mapleshade shelves for two reasons:
    1. They are wider (24" storage) than the Rackit shelves (16.5" storage)
    2. They are significantly sturdier than the Rackit shelves. My stack of three Rackit shelves flexes laterally while my stacks of three and four Mapleshade shelves do not flex at all.
     
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  5. GryphonForsell

    GryphonForsell Active Member

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    NJ
  6. Celticray

    Celticray Forum Resident

    Location:
    Richardson, TX
    [​IMG] [​IMG] I just setup 6 of the walnut lp cubes with two of the 17" high units. The 13" racks are tight for box sets. I have lots of CWD light oak furniture to store records, needed more storage and I couldnt really find anything that I liked. I wish these were enclosed with doors but you cant have it all. As stated the shipping and customer service are great. I'm waiting for delivery of the combined two shelf top for these. I also bought a wheel based 2 shelf record cabinet. These lps shelves are expensive. Make sure when you purchase to buy in four item lots to get the 15 % discount. I found out the hard way that you could buy two shelves and 2 record dividers and get the 15% ...you dont have to buy four shelves. All in all Im very happy[​IMG]
     
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  7. TheVinylAddict

    TheVinylAddict ___The Enforcer___

    Hmmm.... screws? (It says all you need is a screwdriver). Is it also knock down hardware in the package, or just screws?
     
  8. Rolltide

    Rolltide Forum Resident

    Location:
    Vallejo, CA
    No experience with their record storage furniture, but if its anything like their equipment racks then your great great grandchildren will likely still be using them one day.
     
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  9. Celticray

    Celticray Forum Resident

    Location:
    Richardson, TX
    There is no knockdown hardware... It solid wood, only wood screws to assemble in pre-drilled holes and four dowls for the next stack

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  10. JorgeGvb

    JorgeGvb Senior Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Virginia Beach
    Thanks to all for your input. Glad to hear there are a number of people who have purchased these shelves and stand behind the quality. I am likely to place an order this week.
     
  11. ellingtonic

    ellingtonic Forum Resident

    I have them stacked four high and am very happy with them. They are very sturdy and look great.

    They are not inexpensive however.
     
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  12. RickA

    RickA Love you forever Luke, we will be together again

    Location:
    Tampa, FL
    Does anyone recall about the company who will be selling a record storage spindle unit that revolves 360?
    Like years back the CD spindles were the rage, Same concept but only for records.

    I read in one of forums but I can't recall where. I also recall they will be taking orders this month.

    Thanks!
     
  13. teag

    teag Forum Resident

    Location:
    Colorado
    Looks great. Are you still happy with these?
     
  14. teag

    teag Forum Resident

    Location:
    Colorado
    Did you end up getting Mapleshade shelves?
     
  15. JorgeGvb

    JorgeGvb Senior Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Virginia Beach
    Yes, I bought something like Celticray has above, but just 6 shelves instead of the 8 that he has. I also bought a wood top that I use for my VPI record cleaning machine and a bookshelf speaker. I need to tidy it up a bit, but I will try to post a picture later in the week.
     
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  16. Celticray

    Celticray Forum Resident

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    Yes Im, extremely happy. I have lots of CWD cabinets for record storage but I ran out of room. These are solid quality cabinets. Highly recommended. Expensive but well worth it. Make sure you buy four of anything as that will give you a 15% discount. I have the standard 13" high modules but also bought the 17" modules for box sets and to ensure I would not damage the box sets when taking them off the shelf or vice versa
     
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  17. teag

    teag Forum Resident

    Location:
    Colorado
    Did you guys find it necessary to have add a top inlay on every shelf that the LPs go on? It seems like it’s needed to support the LP but just want to make sure.
     
  18. Celticray

    Celticray Forum Resident

    Location:
    Richardson, TX
    There is no need, I only bought the "double wide" solid top for the very top shelf. I know what you mean about "support the lp"...each cube has a front and back top support that is strong. To be honest, the reason I bought these Mapleshade racks is that on my CWD racks....there are two kinds audio width and video width. I never had a problem with the audio width. However, on my Video cubes, I had a three module high unit that the wider CWD cabinet cracked/broke with the weight of 45 rpm Music Matter Blue Notes. Note my crappy support on the rug...between that and moving from California to Texas it caused the leaning tower of music. All these MM lps are now in the picture I posted of Mapleshade. Only downside is that there are no doors or way to enclose the cubes. These Mapleshade cubes are real wood and strong. The CWD had real wood sides but particle board horizontal shelves. I also have a 2 module high Mapleshade rack on casters that I keep near my turntable, this also has a solid top. the tops and bottoms use dowls to align the modules. I sure learned my lesson on having a solid base.

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  19. Celticray

    Celticray Forum Resident

    Location:
    Richardson, TX
    On the Mapleshade pic I posted, It doesnt have the solid top yet as it took a few months to get. Some stuff are built to order
     
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  20. ellingtonic

    ellingtonic Forum Resident

    I have three stacks of four maple shelves and love them. The quality is outstanding. They're easy to put together especially once you've done one. The main downside is the cost - if you have a large enough collection it may be cheaper to have something custom built.
     
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  21. teag

    teag Forum Resident

    Location:
    Colorado
    Thanks for the information. On your Mapleshade picture it looks like you have solid bottoms under the LPs. Am I seeing this wrong? This is an option on Mapleshades website. This is what I was wondering about.
     
  22. bluesky

    bluesky Forum Resident

    Location:
    south florida, usa
    Maybe just make some.
     
  23. Celticray

    Celticray Forum Resident

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    Richardson, TX
    The bottom of the shelf comes standard. There is an option for a thinner blonde inlay... which would look nice but I didnt get
     
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  24. patrickd

    patrickd Forum Resident

    Location:
    Austin TX USA
    Interesting. As I view the Mapleshade site, there seems to be no bottom to the shelves (as in, the records rest on the edges running left to right, not a flat surface fully running front to back). They sell an inlay which I guess provides the full flush shelf effect. Am I seeing this wrong? Celticray, your shelfs seem to have both (second shelf looks full, the ones above seem standard without inlay?)

    Also, regarding the finished tops — seems they are wider than the unit so sort of ‘overlay’ the unit, which means if you want to line up two or more multi-shelf units, the finished tops on each would make the vertical supports stand slightly apart with the units touching only at the top front-to-back edges. I love the look of yours, Celticray, but if you need a finished top, do you have to special order a larger one to allow the side-by-side units to remain aligned? I suppose ‘inlay’ shelves will allow for close placement if you don’t want to put heavy gear on top.
     
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  25. teag

    teag Forum Resident

    Location:
    Colorado
    I see the same thing on Mapleshades website. It looks like the bottom cost extra. Since its required, I can't see why they would not include it with the shelf.
     

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