Towards the end of July, 2010 – the list of titles in my collection hit 25,000. I noticed this as I was entering new titles obtained at the Buena Park swap meet. Some time ago, I made a decision to not let my “collection” grow beyond 25,000 titles. In other words, new stuff comes in, but something must go out.
As does not need detailing here, I have monstrously over-collected; multiple copies of albums (usually variants), as well as trying / buying titles that end up being “not required”. But I usually don’t so anything about it – Into the collection it goes!
I went to San Francisco over the weekend of my birthday, and got a few more titles – more titles had to come out of my list to accommodate them. As of today, this system is working fairly well. My list is at 25K, not under, not over.
In a perfect world, I would like to get my collection down to an unspecified number of titles – 20,000? 18,000? I never decided.
Looking at this scenario from the opposite perspective, I have recently started my “Ultimate Collection” project (i.e. If I had to start over, it would be with these titles). How big will this list get to be? At one time, I thought my “List” would / should top out at about 8,000 titles (17,000 fewer titles than I now have? Now that’s over-collecting!)
Where do I store all of this stuff? I have filled shelving in two rooms, and there are many cartons of CD’s, 45’s, even LP’s in two additional rooms. I would describe my storage condition as burdensome.
All of which is not of concern to anybody who reads this. It’s my own fault for having too much stuff. And certainly there are hundreds…thousands of titles that I do not really need, for any purpose – that are in my “list”. Can I assemble the master file for “60’s singles that I remember and like”? Probably. How many titles of any given genre do I have to own to ‘understand’ it? Who knows…
What am I going to do with my collection? Well…what I am doing is writing about it, listening to it, sharing it a bit and attempting to clarify what I think about it (in writing).
The good news: I am fairly happy with my big collection and I love listening to it and playing with it. The bad news: I want some floor space back – this collection takes up way too much room!
It is certainly my 21st century conundrum. I want a large music collection, but I don’t want to have it take up too much space. Yes, a good portion of my collection is of aesthetic value – even beyond the music contained therein.