The Billy Bags PRO-1000 CD Storage Rack
Yikes! Ive just moved again. That means
that everywhere I look, I see piles of boxes, books, LPs, CDs, and magazines. Let me tell
you, this is no way for an adult to live.
Yet, there are times when it seems as though
the entire world has entered into a conspiracy to keep me from getting organized -- even
without the convenient excuse of a move.
For years, my biggest impediment to
organization was the lack of high quality record shelves. Id go down to the custom
furniture shops and theyd proudly show me "record shelves" that would hold
all of 200 LPs. Not even remotely enough space. Finally had some built to my
specifications and had done with it.
These days, the problem is CD storage.
Whats stable, capable of growing with the collection, and remotely affordable? Not
much. You can buy small unfinished shelves that will hold 150-200 discs, but you still
need to put them on something -- and I dont know about you, but I personally
am tired of living amongst furniture that screams "student slum." Id like
to move beyond brick & board bookcases and the whole "unfinished furniture"
And then there are the nicer CD shelves, all
lacquered up and sporting glass doors. Well, they dont stack very well, dont
take odd-sized CD packaging (so much for filing my XRCDs!), and who needs more flat glass
surfaces in his listening room. anyway?
Just as I was despairing of ever finding CD
shelving I could live with, I saw an ad for Billy Bags PRO-1000 CD Storage Rack. It
was perfect! Sturdy as the dickens, generously sized, and best of all, it was modular. Buy
one rack and continue adding additional 500 or 1000 CD sections as the collection grows!
What a great idea..
I ordered two sections immediately. They
arrived in five or six boxes containing the side panels (black on one side, "graphite
nebula" on the other), some thirty 40-inch long textured steel rods per unit, bags
and bags of 1/4-inch threaded mounting hardware, and two CD dividers per unit. An Allen
key is also supplied.
A single person could assemble a single unit
fairly easily -- all thats required is a lot of elbow grease on the Allen key (and
its even easier with a hex head on an electric screwdriver), but a double unit
requires two assemblers. I know because I put my back out trying to do it by myself.
And what did I end up with? An 83-inch wide,
ten shelf unit that holds approximately 2000 CDs. Shelves are 6 inches apart, so even XRCD
packaging poses no problems -- and theyre angled so that its easy to read CD
spines. Well, as easy as it gets.
The side panels have fasteners to stabilize
the shelf against the wall and nubby little feet, so they look well finished.
Best of all, like all Billy Bags furniture,
you can customize your order, as needed. When I moved to Connecticut, I no longer had
enough room for a double unit along the wall of my listening room, so I ordered the
appropriate hardware and an additional side panel and split my unit into two discrete
racks. In my new place, Ill be needing more shelves, but Ill have to order
them in custom widths, rather than the standard 42 inches. Again, Billy Bags will
accommodate me for a reasonable price.
On one hand, theres not a lot to say
about CD shelves -- they either work or they dont. The PRO-1000 CD Storage Racks
work extremely well. On the other hand, they are, in addition, stable and handsome and
flexible. They fulfilled all of my needs, as well as my expectations. There arent
really all that many products you can say that about. I couldnt recommend them more
Billy Bags PRO-1000 CD Storage Rack
Price: $658 USD
4147-A Transport Street
Ventura, CA 93003
Phone: (805) 644-2185
Fax: (805) 644-0434