Instrumental Music Storage
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For many years, our instrumental music library storage system has consisted of various sizes of file cabinets, a few designed for oversize music, a couple of legal-sized ones, and even a couple of donated fireproof cabinets. However, we are about to run out of space and are looking at other options. The cheapest option would be to build shelves; with a rolling stair unit, those could conceivably be floor-to-ceiling, which would give us a large increase in the amount of music we could store per square foot. However, it would be difficult for some of our directors to climb those stairs, and there is always something of a safety risk with stair units. The other option we’re considering is a compact music storage system, either the Wenger system or one on rails that is designed for storing medical records. I’m not sure if the Wenger systems can accommodate the larger orchestral parts and scores, but the medical storage systems are the most expensive option. Does anyone out there have suggestions on what would give us the most efficient and, ideally, cost-effective, way to store our instrumental music?
I should add that, being a community college, we would be storing not only our concert band’s music, but also that of our jazz and pep bands, as well as the libraries of our local community and youth orchestras.
Thanks for your thoughts.
The Wenger shelves are supposed to be able t accommodate all sizes of music. We have one rolling shelf and love it. Unfortunately they are VERY expensive and my district or the parents group will not buy us any more of them. If you have funding to pay for them, they are great.
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