I'd rather enjoy them now, even if it means their lives decrease a little.[...]Then there's the monsson season. It rains more than you can possibly imagine here--more or less nonstop from July to September. The sleeves will be very susceptible to mold (everything rots in the wet season). I'm seriously thinking of wrapping everything up watertight, filling the cupboard with silica jell and locking it up until the rains finish. (I have plenty of CDs to listen to in the mean time!)[...]Does anyone have any advise to share? Or anecdotes? I will welcome the off-topic.
I haven't actually met a fungus that eats vinyl, but there are plenty that live on photographic lenses, so I'd put nothing past them.
I guess a non-functioning fridge or freezer would make a tolerably convenient sealed space for the records.
I took a bold step last summer and brought by record collection out with me to India, where I work and live. It's not the most impressive collection you ever saw, but it's very prescious to me, consisting of around 200 units, mostly jazz, soul, and other funky things (some of which are quite rare).It was a difficult decision to take them out. I know that it's not best for their health to be transported and kept in tropical conditions, but then again it is best for my health to have them with me. I'd rather enjoy them now, even if it means their lives decrease a little.Now that all this is said and done, I have to work out how best to store them.