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Record Players

Repairing a Wondergram

Repairing a Wondergram

Retro gadget expert Techmoan fixes up a wonderful gizmo from the 1950s, a turntable about the size of a book, known as the Wondergram. It doesn’t sound great, and clearly isn’t good for vinyl, but it’s a nifty bit of engineering for its time.

RokBlok Tiny Record Player

RokBlok Tiny Record Player
$99  Buy Link Comment

Did you know can play a record without need for a turntable at all? The RokBlok is basically a wooden mini vehicle that drives around on top of your records, following the groove, and playing music through its built in speaker, or wirelessly over Bluetooth for more volume.

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Kids React to Record Players

Kids React to Record Players

The Fine Brothers panel of youngsters goes hands-on with another technological dinosaur – a “portable” turntable. While they’re clearly fascinated with the mechanical music player, there’s no doubt they’re all going back to streaming digital tunes as soon as they’re done.

Tiny Record Player

Tiny Record Player

For his latest archeotechnological dig, Techmoan rewinds back to 2004 to show off the Bandai 8-ban – a collectible from Japan which plays tiny 3″ vinyl records. Unfortunately, the one-sided recordings only could hold 4 minutes of lo-fi monophonic sound.

Miniot Wheel Turntable

Miniot Wheel Turntable

This incredibly minimal record player isn’t much bigger than a 12″ vinyl disc, concealing its tone arm, needle, and electronics underneath its platter. It even can play records while mounted vertically on a tabletop or on the wall. Has both RCA and headphone outputs.

Modern Record Console

Modern Record Console

Made of walnut and steel, it has two 15W tube amps, two 6.5″ drivers, an 8.5″ subwoofer and a turntable with a carbon fiber tonearm. It can also stream music from media players via Wi-Fi. Contact Symbol Audio for pricing.

Audiowood Chipmunk Turntable

Audiowood Chipmunk Turntable
$850  Buy Comment

Etsy seller Audiowood ditched metal and plastic in favor of solid Ash to create this unique turntable. Other parts such as the tonearm, metal platter and tracker cartridge are from Music Hall.

Linos Record Player Concept

Linos Record Player Concept

Charles Pyott’s Linos is a portable digital vinyl record player. Instead of the turntable setup, the controls and the pickup arm are in a sleek case. Make a real one for Blu-rays, won’t you Charles?

Crosley Revolution Turntable

Crosley Revolution Turntable

Those of you who still have a record collection will dig this nifty turntable. The battery-powered Crosley Revolution can play LPs and 45s, and connects to your PC or Mac to digitize your tunes.

Cardboard Record Player

Cardboard Record Player

GGRP Sound’s flatpacking puts Ikea to shame: their Cardboard Record Player starts off as a folded envelope, but unpacks into a functioning turntable that is spun using a pencil.

Lusso Turntable

Lusso Turntable
$31,000  Buy Comment

We’d be boogying to this Lusso Turntable too if we could afford it; at $31k, this ultra-lux record player features a carbon tonearm and motor on their own aluminum/black acrylic cones.

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