Fragility is susceptibility to damage by handling or storage e.g. accidental damage
Each of these technical factors have been given a ranking of one to five: one being the most at risk to five the least at risk.
1 – Treat as Glass
2 – Very Fragile
3 – Breakable
4 – Needs Some Caution
5 – Hardy Medium
Treat as Glass – lacquer discs; wax cylinders
Using the Fragility Factor the highest risk Audio formats are considered to be lacquer discs and wax cylinders at the other end of the scale we consider Vinyl LPs to be a Hardy Medium.