Do you own a record player?

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Record players almost became extinct, except now almost every millennial owns one (and, of course, we still have the record-lovers and collectors out there too).

Did you grow up with a record player in your house? Do you have any vivid memories of what you, your parents or guardians used to play? Is there a song from a record that sounds like “home” to you? Please leave a comment.

If you’re interested in reading about the history of the record player, click here.

Please vote in the poll below and tell us if you own a record player, either in your RV or your sticks-and-bricks home.

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Glenn Abbott
3 months ago

I still have the Thorens TD160 with Pickering XV cartridge that I bought in high school. Also have a Technics.

Recently acquired a Denon Cassettamatic 12. It’s just like the one I remember having in high school. It will play up to 12 cassettes consecutively.

Jim Collins
3 months ago

I even have a complete collection of Woody Woodbury, party records , also some Frankie Carle78’s, and my favorite Glenn Miller albums, no 45’s though

Rory R
4 months ago

I still have a turntable, but it has been packed up and put away, along with the vinyl albums. I still have and use CD’s sometime, but they have been replaced by MP3’s, I have these made into personalized playlists, like we used to do with reel to reel and cassette tapes. There are audiophiles who feel that the pops and clicks you hear produced by vinyl records is the holy grail I always and still do want the music, flawless as it was when the performer recorded it. That is why my turntable is packed up..

William P Evans
4 months ago

Turntable, not record player. Record players are just toys, cheap self contained units that don’t do records justice and can actually harm your records.

DeWayne Johnston
3 months ago

Agree. You can still buy a good turn table at a reasonable price. Records have a certain warmth that cd’s do not. Cassettes aren’t bad either. I have made mix tapes of my favorite 45’s and LPs. In my RV travels I have found many desirable or collectible records at thrift shops, church sales, etc. I have a cassette player in my RV and enjoy my records that way. Yes, I have CDs and the music channels on Dish network, but like anyone who is a collector, I can’t resist a good record that I don’t have.

Pete T.
4 months ago

First turntable was a portable to play 45s as a 12 yr old in early 60s. Now I have a VPI Classic with kleos cart and a pro-ject debut with ortofon cart. Nearly 2,000 LPs and counting. To celebrate my retirement just built a separate building adjacent to house as my music room.
Nothing beats analog with the correct rig in the right environment. Long live vinyl.

Charlie
4 months ago

Have quite a few. From a large late 40’s GE console with an early magnetic cartridge to a custom job with Mayware IV arm and Shure V15-IV cart. Also a not too often seen H.H.Scott 710 and SME 3009 and a ReK-O-Kut with original arm and a GE VR-1 . These are all ready to doin. There’s a few others waiting in queue.

Jack
4 months ago

I’m part of the older generation. I grew up with records and still have two. One is a changer, it’s fun to watch young people as the record drops down the arm swings over and the record starts to play. My other player is a transcription, a single play higher end model.

Corey Macadangdang
4 months ago

I own 2 record player Sony PS-LX310T and Audio Technica LP3 in white. My new hobby . I buy 70’s and 80’s album. I used to listen to my Dad’s quadrosonic stereo . This big baffle speakers like a furniture .He assembled tube amplifiers when I was a kid in the Philippines. Our neighbors throw rocks at our house. Because it’s too loud to listen too.

Mike B.
4 months ago

Music sounds better on original vinyl. The album cover artwork and inserts is amazing and takes you back in time. Listening to a record, you tend to listen to every track front to back. Find some great tracks that rarely get radio play. 🤟🏻

Paul
4 months ago

I own a Rega and use it often. Import vinyl to my iTunes library

Jay Allen Kaplan
4 months ago

Almost 8,000 records right now but been collecting for over 50 years

Rachel
4 months ago

I bought a new Pro-ject analog turntable last year to replace my 1981 Rotel turntable. I can’t live without one. I kept a third of my LP collection when CDs became popular. I kept my Brazilian imports and other records that are irreplaceable.

Paul Block
4 months ago

My use of a traditional Sony record player is a truly joyful experience. What better way to listen to my vintage Elvis Presley , British Invasion era records, Motown, and other vinyls than on an original player from the 60′ s or 70′ s??

Kent martell
4 months ago

Great memories of peeking in on my sister’s 45 RPM single record parties in the late 60s have a large collection of vinyl I listen to you constantly. I also worked in the rock ‘n’ roll industry most of my early adulthood and all the bands that I worked with always put records out from Spooner in Madison Wisconsin to world-famous garbage who has an incredible collection of vinyl art I have everyone of them they are old friends of mine from college so I try to support my friends also records just have that perfect sound that a CD player can’t give you thanks a lot Kent Martell in Minneapolis

Omar
4 months ago

I have 2 technics sl1200s and will never let them go, absolute gems

Doug
4 months ago

I have a Garrard m# 301 , which I purchased for $ 50.00 in 1967 . I rewired it for stereo shortly thereafter . I have refurbed it several times since , as needed . My early recollection was listening to my Grandma playing her Tennessee Ernie Ford , Johnny Cash and Andrews Sisters records , among many others . I have prolly 1,000 records , including some from my parents and then those which I bought from my teen years and on . I would never get rid of them , nor have I seen any reason to dump my turntable .

T smith
4 months ago

I’m transferring records to cd. I remember using a cactus needle on 78 rpm

Brad M
4 months ago

I had cheap ones growing up in the ‘80s but I soon saved up for a good one and that changed everything. I became a musician and an audio engineer which spurred me on to get a good playback system which I’ve upgraded over the years. I now own over 1000 records. My main system consists of a VPI Classic 4 turntable with two 12” arms (one unipivot, one gimbal), handmade Soundsmith cartridges, Modwright PH 150 phono stage, Schiit Yggdrasil DAC, Pass Laboratories INT-60 integrated amplifier, and Harbeth M40.1 monitors. I also have a Kirmuss cleaning system. I fully enjoy both digital and analog but records are certainly something special and I dedicate time every week to listen to them. Records are not going anywhere.

Dan Barrett
4 months ago

“Analog” is the whole sound wave, cracles and all. Digital is a staircase. I can “feel” thw difference, but I am a musician. I also have Kilpsch speakers that some recording studios use, so that helps. Less convenient and than digital, and certainly morw bulky, so I only kept my favorite 70 lps. Reel-to-reel is the best analog – in my opinion.

Dennis McCoy
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan Barrett

you’re right, Reel to reel, two channel half track, is the closest approach to live sound. The rebuilt realy good tape machines today, cost 10 to15 thousand. Steep price. I love FM as well, and have both CD, and vinyl playback.

Meran
4 months ago

I’ve been transferring vinyl to digital