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    why do records come out of the sleeve on the right, and not on the top?

    generic 7 inch sleeves seems to open on the top
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    so you can flip through them in a record shop without damaging the opening

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    • #3
      a legendary top opener



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      • #4
        I suppose they need to have a glued seam at the top to maintain the integrity of the squared off spine which might easily begin to tear at the top, when heavy LPs are put in and taken out. The spine would probably flatten more easily too, and then you wouldn't be able to read it easily. 7" singles don't have a squared spine and are also lighter in weight.
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        • #5
          oh yeah. makes sense.

          I have a few top opening records and they seem flimsy
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          • #6
            I always thought it's to prevent dust from entering the sleeve. I store my 7 inches sideways because of this.
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            • #7
              I've never thought about that. 78 record sleeves were top opening, as are loads of 45 sleeves.

              I wonder if it has to do with the development of lps from 78 "albums", which were book-based. I've never seen a left-handed opening lp.

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              • #8
                Rack wear is surely a factor, though. From the old footage and photos I've seen 78s and many 45s seem to have been kept on shelves behind a counter and given to customers on request, in which case a top opening would probably have been more practical.
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                • #9
                  I've never seen a left-handed opening lp.


                  first pressings of DSOTM had left side gatefold opening sleeves
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                  • #10
                    I seem to remember there is at least one Melodiya-pressed record with a left-handed opening in my collection - little wonder when you have so many sleeves manufactured and pre-ordered by Melodiya-owned chains of record shops regardless of any wax pressing policy!
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                    • #11
                      Sounds like an item for Ned Flanders' Leftorium shop.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Head Gardener View Post


                        first pressings of DSOTM had left side gatefold opening sleeves
                        The swines.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RockerFrank View Post
                          Sounds like an item for Ned Flanders' Leftorium shop.

                          Perhaps it`s about time the first series of top-left-corner tonearms was put on a conveyor belt...
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Funky Charly View Post
                            Perhaps it`s about time the first series of top-left-corner tonearms was put on a conveyor belt...
                            Wouldn´t the records have to go anti-clockwise for that to work properly?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by babycart View Post
                              Wouldn´t the records have to go anti-clockwise for that to work properly?
                              No, Babycart, because then the records would play backwards, you stupid twat.
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