Suitcase record players

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  1. Flaneur

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    I never owned a suitcase type. My sister had one of these, in '68. To our undiscerning ears, her Simon & Garfunkel records sounded fine and my copy of 'Are you Experienced' was loud enough to annoy the neighbours. ;):D

    You should get one: it's a shame for all those old vinyl memories to stay locked out.
     
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    My housemate has one of those in the OP. It's fine, if you're not picky about sound quality (it's pretty lo-fi) and how well it cares for your vinyl (it doesn't). My favorite simple setup I've seen lately is just one of those Audio-Technica turntables, plugged into some powered speakers. Simple and effective.

    My first record player was one of these... it was all fiberglass, and cool as all get out... but not to my 13-year-old eyes. To that kid, it was just an old hunk-of junk. Stupid kid.

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    Get one of those vinyl players ... and then bring your guitar and amp and record in Detroit direct to vinyl. That you can take back home and drop on the player!





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  4. blowtorch

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    That thing looks the business
     
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    you can just plug it into a powered speaker and call it a day.
     
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    This thread prompted me to dig out this old tweed RCA Victor beauty, that my aunt gave me years ago. Based on her age and when she used it in her youth, I'd gauge it's from the later 50's or so. The box of 45's is my wife's from her youth and since supplemented by stuff I accumulated over the years. Sitting on the turntable there is Telstar by the Volcanoes; to the lower left is Spiders and Snakes; in the box are misc. Beatles, Elvis, Dueling Banjos, Root Boy Slim, CCR, my wife's Bobby Sherman type stuff, etc. etc. Fun Stuff.

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    Never owned one, but I remember some being around. They didn't particularly sound good, but I guess they had their charm.
     
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    rock n roll dont need no hi fi
     
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    I have a Crosly. They’re fun. Mine has hidden RCA jack outputs. Bought it at Restoration Hardware about 10 years ago. It’s like buying your childhood for $98.
     
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    Not necessarily a “Suitcase” record player but almost ten years ago now I found a portable record player on the sidewalk in Beaver town P.A with a “Free” tag on it, I took it home and it worked fine it’s sound quality isn’t the greatest but it does what it’s supposed to
    I’d guess it’s from the 60’s maybe later as it’s that avocado/pea soup green that was so prevalent back then

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    And it has 16! Speed, what do you play at 16 rpm?
     
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    The new ones are cheap enough to give a try, heck I never thought I’d see it when I started listening to records but you can get records and assorted players at the Walmart they even have these suitcase players
     
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