Audio Guru

The Audio Guru: How to properly store your vinyl

Vinylmnky's latest service to our Tribe is partnering up with Barry Thornton, an Audio guru to answer all of your hardware, vinyl, and audio questions - further enlightening us on how your music listening experience works and can get even better!

Barry Thornton, owner of, is an experienced audiophile who has designed over 70 hi-fi products, taught psycho-acoustics, designed recording studios and performance venues, recorded records, has 30+ patents, has always been in love with vinyl, and always searching for the eargasm - that moment when the music comes alive. Barry has a long list of credits that you can find on his website, but most importantly he has lived and helped define the hi-fi era.

The latest question answered by the Audio Guru is:

What is the right way to store my vinyl records?

Vinyl is vertical! You can leave a record laying out flat but eventually the bigger the stack (of vinyl) the more pressure being placed on the bottom record. But that’s not the only problem, what also happens is dirty and debris can cant into the sleeves and then the stack of vinyl is pressed into the records. Overall you want to clean your records and keep them in a cool dry place, like a closet. And remember, vinyl stays vertical.

Thank you for your question!

Barry is here to help the Tribe bolster their listening experience in small, simple, and fun bites. Go ahead, give him your best.

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