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    Posted 5 years ago

    mikelv85
    (1145 items)

    Here's the neat little record player I traded for the Tavanness art deco clock. Made by Westinghouse in the 50's it runs on a single tube amp that takes a moment to warm up but still works perfectly. It features a flocked turntable to protect the records and also has a pop up 45 adapter. It will play 33-45-78 and 16 rpm records. The needle is an Astatic twist-flip cartridge. One side is for 33-45 while the other is for 78's. At first the worn needle just slid across the records but I ordered a new diamond one from Ebay and now it tracks just fine. This looks like it belonged to a school at one time as it had "Grade 1" written on the inside of the lid in marker. Luckily most of it came off. It's in quite good shape for 50 plus years old. -Mike-

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    Comments

    1. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Sweet!! Love the fact that the *tube has to warm up * before it works. Young Kids have NO IDEA what we had to endure....LOL
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      Very nice, Mike! I would like to find something like that around here.
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      lol...ain't it the truth Rose. Patience is a lost virtue in today's world of immediate gratification. :)
    4. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Bonnie :)... it took quite a while for one to show up here as well. They were well used and abused and not many survived, This one being in a school system is probably what saved it.
    5. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Where's Gidget?
    6. GeodeJem GeodeJem, 5 years ago
      The most famous and sought after Record Players on the UK are Dansettes. But I also like the French Balad's. Nothing quite like listening to a vinyl!
    7. Ivonne Ivonne, 5 years ago
      I had one,very similar, in an attick.It was found by a young enthusisast so I gave him this record player.He fixed it and it is in use again.It has now been upgraded to an antique.
    8. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Thomas and Ivonne for the "loves" and comments. :)
    9. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      @ Karen....She's at the beach with Moon Doggy...lol :) @ GeodeJem....Yes, you're right they have a certain warmth that digital just can't capture.
    10. NevadaBlades, 5 years ago
      I guess when we were in our teens, most of us in the 60s generation had one of these portable record players. I wonder whatever happened to mine??? Aw, well, too many years ago ~ only memories left now. [;>)
    11. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Many years for me too but seems like yesterday Nevada....I had a blue and white Stereo changer model in the 60's with fold out detachable side speakers. Don't know what happened to it either, I think I got it from Montgomery Wards with birthday or First Communion money. :)
    12. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      Very cool Mike! I too had one of these when I was younger. I don't remember how, but I remember splicing additional speakers to it placing them around the room... great memories!
    13. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Rick ...me too. I guess we where budding electrical engineers. Only difference is now I actually know what I''m doing...lol . :)
    14. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      So I wasn't alone huh? I've always had a love for multi speaker music which exists to this day! That love led me to build a surround sound home theater some years back which I couldn't live without LOL.
    15. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      Very nice little record player. Good that it has the speeds for the older records.
    16. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Fort :)...although I can't remember ever seeing records at 16 rpm but the others all the time. :)
    17. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 4 years ago
      Ha, this has bought back memories. Thank you. As a teenager I had one of these, I wish I still did. I think it was mono but boy
      it sounded great, as I remember.
    18. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      Your welcome Fran..yes it is Mono and has a single tube in the amp so it has to warm up a few seconds before you can hear anything. Not a bad little record player for back in the day. :)

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