There is no shortage of vinyl-related projects on Kickstarter; as you probably know, the people who are into the vinyl revival are into it so much they're trying to turn vinyl into hats. I'm not here to talk about those projects though: I'm here to talk about Flipbin, for my money, the smartest, most needed vinyl-related Kickstarter I've seen in some time.
Flipbin solves an important part of the vinyl listening process I don't think anyone has ever considered: What do you do with the records you're currently playing, or have just bought at the store and aren't ready to file into your collection? Most of us put them in a milk crate (shouts to North Side Bottling Works), or just put them on the top covers of our turntable, or find any flat surface around to put them on. There had to be a better way, and Flipbin is sure they've created it.
Flipbin has created a storage bin that's meant for short or long term vinyl storage, but largely its utility comes in it being perfect for sitting on a shelf next to your turntable for those recent purchases. It's good for DJs too, because the records are easily flippable, and more visible than they are in a milkcrate. The Flipbin comes in a myriad of colors, so you can match it to your deck or decor. I'm especially enthusiastic about the 45-model: It's the best thing I've seen/used for storing 7-inches, which you all probably know are harder to store than their bigger counterparts.
Flipbin's funding runs for another 13 days. You can check it out here.
Andrew Winistorfer is Director of Music at Vinyl Me, Please, and a writer and editor of their books, 100 Albums You Need in Your Collection and The Best Record Stores in the United States. He’s written Listening Notes for more than 30 VMP releases, co-produced multiple VMP Anthologies, and executive produced the VMP Anthologies The Story of Vanguard and The Story of Willie Nelson. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
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