10/4/2010 4:03 AM
This isn’t a technical question, but it
nonetheless involves a problem in my studio.
It seems whenever I buy gear these
days, there are lots of extras—manuals in
non-standard formats, a sheet of paper
with some kind of authorization code,
rubber feet for a rack unit, a software CDROM,
weird adapters I don’t need now but
may need someday, etc. I can’t file these, I
don’t want to keep the original boxes for
just a few things, storage boxes waste
space, and I don’t want to throw any of
this stuff out. You guys must get a lot
of gear. What would EQ do?
Robert Randall, Minneapolis, MN
EQ: Actually, there’s a pretty cheapo solution
as long as you don’t need to access these
things on a regular basis. Go to the supermarket
and buy a bunch of 1 or 2 gallon plastic
storage bags (you don’t need freezer bags,
which cost more). Then, visit an office supply
store and get some non-removable labels,
along with one of those medium-size, threedrawer
stackable storage units.
Dedicate one bag per piece of gear,
label it (along with the date of purchase and
serial number, just in case), then toss all the
associated extras in there. Put the bags in
In the studio, you can give new meaning to “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.”
Should you ever need to access any of this,
just go through the bags until you find what you
need. Problem solved!
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