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Why the hell am I saving all these magazines?
Old 23rd February 2003
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Question Why the hell am I saving all these magazines?

For reason's I've lost touch with entirely, I have kept most, if not all of my Mix, RE/P. Studio Sound and probably even EQ magazines going back to the late 80's. They take up several very heavy boxes-full-o'space in my garage and studio closets which are already so full, that getting my motorcycle out of the garage requires a hand-truck and about 15 minutes to move stuff out of the way.

There's obviously gearslutty motives behind my original designs on keeping these things, but I can't remember them, nor can I remember the last time I even opened one of these boxes. Anyone else have the same problem? Is this a common disease?

Assuming I'm tossing them, is there anything more productive I could do with these besides recycling them? I dunno if any library would want them as a donation, especially since they're not in binders, and I doubt there's any ebay value to old magazines....

But anyone who has successfully detoxed from irrational magazine packrat syndrome (IMPS) is welcome to comment.

-dave
Old 23rd February 2003
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i detoxed when i moved 3 years ago. now i have a whole nother stack of rags.... taking up boxes again since i am packing to move once again. i dont know why i hold onto them either.... except every once in a blue moon i want to go read about some producer/engineer interviewed.

its sad really. i should probably chuck them to the curb.
Old 23rd February 2003
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My wife helped me getting into the program.
Now I'm keeping magazines from last year, I putted everything before that in the bin, that was tough to do, but I got over it ...
Hope to be able to read them and drop them the month after, but I guess I'll have to wait a while to be able to do that.
Everyday is another day ... You know what I mean ...

malice
Old 23rd February 2003
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My name is Ken, and I am a magazine-aholic. Vintage Guitar, EQ, Guitar Player, etc...some dating back to the late 1970s...and what I have done is to go through them about once a year, and keep the ones that have any relavence whatsoever to what I'm doing now...the rest get chunked...but the older I get the harder it is to pick up the boxes and take them to the dumpster....its difficult to say goodby to old friends like that...

Hopefully I will not need an article telling me how to get near CD quality recordings on a VHS tape anymore, or that Kustom mixing boards are the 'choice of top TV and studio professionals.' But I do try to keep reviews on certain gear.

One other thing...Keeping a supply of old magazines in the 'reading room' is a must, though...there seems to be a physical connection between music magazines and human plumbing...
Old 23rd February 2003
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When my old man died (RIP), as per his wishes, I sold a lot of his early magazine collections, Road & Track and Motor Sport etc. Came to quite a tidy sum. many started in the 60's.

I just threw out a bunch of mags, cause I moved, I shoulda kept the Tape Ops I suppose... being quite thin they would be nicely collecatble.. OH well.. I have too many sound mags around...

That reminds me, one of my favorite Sunday pastimes is a nice new edition of Sound On Sound..

Oh GOOODIE!



Is it a crime to throw out Gear mags?
Old 23rd February 2003
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I am a victim of IMPS. But they look so good taking up a whole wall opposite my wall of CD's!

I've developed some rules like : save Sound on Sound and Mix and Tape Op - but throw away computer magazines ! (they are just too outdated too fast).

I've actually used the old Sound on Sounds several times - but they make those CD-roms...
Old 24th February 2003
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Every so often I'll go back and reference an old review on a piece of gear that I'm considering buying, or I'll have a look back to see how so and so mic'd up guitar amps for so and so's project.
Old 24th February 2003
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I like to keep one of each for any given year. It helps to keep me in "check", when I want to slurge.

Computers for example; I have copies of PC Magazine going back to 1992(?) or 1993 when they were rooting and tooting for the 486 DX chip....

In the music mags, I look back at the nice shiny Emu and Proteus gear - with all the promises of never needing anything else, ever!
Old 24th February 2003
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Arrow Yeah, I'm cursed too. I have "Musician" magazine from about 1980-1990,...

plus a few years of one of those stupid Guitar rags with all the tab of popular songs, [which I never read],... even some old mountain biking magazines, man that's sick!

The only ones I feel I should keep would be the "Musician" magazine, even though they're just a slick corporate mag, there were some good interviews, some good pics of artists, and all that sweet 80's gear in the ads, haha.

Then, there's the once in a lifetime issues, of the John Lennon assassination & stuff like that, tribute mags, etc, that should be held onto indefinitely.
Old 24th February 2003
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I'm in the process of organizing my mags and accompanying CDRoms. It's satisfying and I'm enjoying re-reading them. I'm making up a database of the ones I decide to keep with notes of the articles that are of interest along with their issue number. It's taking a while.....
Binning the ones I don't want is a relief too.
Old 24th February 2003
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Wow... Not one post encouraging a wholesale toss-out.

I suppose it's like going to a bar to look for support in quitting drinking..

-dave
Old 24th February 2003
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Toss em all out!










































MY GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE!



I didn't mean it!

Somebody SAVE HIM!

Send a squad car over!

AUDIO MAG DISPOSAL ALERT - CODE RED!

Can we get a chopper up?

I'm gonna call the coast gaurd!

MAG OVERBOARD!

Anybody here know how to resusitate a detached front cover?

Old 24th February 2003
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grggt heh heh heh heh . . . .
Old 25th February 2003
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OK, here's the suggestion to toss them all out - I went though about 10 years worth of audio magazines the other day and threw out everything except the the issues that I've written something for and the Tape Op with the Bob Olhsson interview.

Sure did make a lot of room in the attic...
Old 25th February 2003
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I live in fear of the EQ that my studio is featured in getting chucked!

That and a Music Week with an artile about my spec deals..

Must color scan em both ASAP!

Old 26th February 2003
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saving magazines

Alternate idea. Instead of chucking those magazines, go shopping for the really good stuff. Go on Ebay at 4am and look for old issues of Audio Engineering (pre-'54) or 50's era Journal of the AES. Besides having amazing articles, ads, photos, etc., when you decide to unload these magazines, you can get more than you paid for them by putting them back up on Ebay.

Like everything else, the good stuff holds its value, and it don't get much better than a 1950 issue of Audio Engineering - the best analog gear porn imaginable.

steve
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Old 26th February 2003
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Quote:
Like everything else, the good stuff holds its value, and it don't get much better than a 1950 issue of Audio Engineering - the best analog gear porn imaginable.
Does this mean I can convince a woman that we should keep early '80's copies of Mix around the house until they are worth something in 30 years??
Old 26th February 2003
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Arrow Oh yeah, I also have about 10 years straight of "HIGH TIMES",...

and I think I'll archive those forever.
Old 11th March 2003
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Talking of magazines - THIS is cool

I was in a pub the other day. They had every Q magazine from number 15. That's 1987.

Reading about old bands who were tipped for the top and never made it, trends in fashion, even the way the pages were laid out was terrific fun.

I think I would like to start collecting these kinds of magazines. Would be great to have nme, melody maker or rolling stone back a few decades.

It's also really good for '10 years ago today' laughs, and poking fun at old hairstyles particularly.

I'm going back to that pub.
Old 11th March 2003
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I think I would like to start collecting these kinds of magazines. Would be great to have nme, melody maker or rolling stone back a few decades.
Be very careful BevvyB !

Thats kind of like hearing someone say -
"I saw some people smoking and tried it myself - its so cool...."
OK its not as bad as that.

It is kind of like the feeling I got laying my five powerbooks out on the same table
(165 -> Duo2100 -> 3400 -> G3-233 -> G4-867 12"). Nostalgia - a 'rush' - a warm fuzzy feeling - pride - shame.
Old 12th March 2003
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Nostalgia - a 'rush' - a warm fuzzy feeling - pride - shame.

I'll go for all of those with a smile in large doses till i die.
Old 12th March 2003
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I'll go for all of those with a smile in large doses till i die.
Then you may die a happy man ! ......covered in magazines.
Old 12th March 2003
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Quote:
Does this mean I can convince a woman that we should keep early '80's copies of Mix around the house until they are worth something in 30 years??
Paul,

the only problem is that Mix will only be of value to someong in advertising...


I have a copy of R/EP from the early nineties that is a hoot, it has an article inside feautring ads from the early eighties awesome!
Old 12th March 2003
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I laughingly read this thread to my wife... she took it as permission to put about 300 old issues of mix/eq/audio media into the recycling bin. (I hid the copies of Tape Op from her though!)
Old 12th March 2003
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It's for your own good.

Old 12th March 2003
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Hey Curious G (we must be brothers!)

Do you miss them? At the start of this thread, I was ready to recycle them all, but I've chickened-out and regressed to my IMPS behavior. Now I've pretty much resigned myself to keeping them, see if I can get a bigger house to store them in :eek:

You're a stronger man than I.. or at least your wife is. yuktyy
-dave
Old 12th March 2003
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I don't miss the mags and have already started new piles of crap to take their place...

My wife reminded me of a dear old great Aunt who's house we cleaned/cleared out after her death. She liked cats and kept every magazine and newspaper ever delivered to her door. It was a bad combination... dfegad

(hey, I knew I'd finally get to use that monkey!)
Old 12th March 2003
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I have the same problem, but had it fixed for me. 6 months ago I had a "little" fire and all 10 milk crates full of my collected audio mags went up in smoke along side of most of my gear. Now I've already got 1 milk crate full. I guess I'll never learn.

KBOY
Old 19th March 2003
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Wow, I thought I was the only one... Seriously, I'm really glad to see that other people are wrestling with this.

I recently threw out bunches of EQ, Rolling Stone, and countless others. I haven't missed them. I'm keeping MOJO, Tape Op, and Musician (pre-93). Just can't bare to part with those. I go back to 'em all the time.
Old 20th March 2003
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old music mags

A finite amout of storage space will kill you every time. I had to make a decision because I had maxed out my available space. Sold off all the Keyboard Magazines (Issue #2 through 2002),
dumped all the old Mix, Sound on Sound, and Electronic Musician, and started a policy of keeping only 1 year around of Mix, Keyboard, and EM. Subscribed to SoS online to prevent the urge to keep those back issues around too.

Next is the remains of my vinyl collection (after I dump a bunch to CD-ROM).
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