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JoeEkaitis
02-18-2009, 09:57 AM
http://www.plan59.com/images/JPGs/admiral_1957_1.jpg

. . . when gravity-defying portable record players were all the rage.

Joe270
02-18-2009, 10:14 AM
My sister had one of those. . .

benbradley
02-18-2009, 10:17 AM
The brand I distinctly remeber from both elementary and high school is "Califone - The Sound of Education (http://www.califone.com/)"

This particular 45RPM disc was NOT approved for classroom use:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTDDSqhP7Ec

alleycat
02-18-2009, 10:42 AM
Soon there were major technological advances and we had cell phones.


http://www.jancorver.org/ombouw/nokia/img/nokia.gif

Cassiopeia
02-18-2009, 10:44 AM
When I used to go spend the summer with my Nonna in upstate New York, she had one of these. I remember it so well. She let me play my Bobby Sherman, Donny Osmond, the Jackson Five and Beatles albums on it.

I was so in love with Bobby Sherman the summer I turned 13 that my Uncle Frank bought his latest album and faked Bobby's autograph for me for my birthday.

Wow, what a memory! :D

chevbrock
02-18-2009, 02:43 PM
... Charlie Schlatter. Now the voice of Kevin Eleven in Ben 10.

thethinker42
02-18-2009, 03:03 PM
What are these "record players" of which you speak?

Wayne K
02-18-2009, 03:30 PM
Instead of a birth certificate they're just going to start carbon dating me soon. I had one of these when I was young. Fred used to come over with Wilma and we would dance all night. I miss hot dogasauruses and bronto burgers.

thethinker42
02-18-2009, 03:38 PM
But...how on Earth did you upload music from one of those "vinyl" things to your computer? Do they have USB ports?

I'm confused.

Wayne K
02-18-2009, 03:58 PM
But...how on Earth did you upload music from one of those "vinyl" things to your computer? Do they have USB ports?

I'm confused.
Earth and music are the only two words in that sentence I understand. I need to get my English/old buzzard dictionary out to explore the question further.

Maryn
02-18-2009, 04:57 PM
I was so in love with Bobby Sherman the summer I turned 13 that my Uncle Frank bought his latest album and faked Bobby's autograph for me for my birthday.

Wow, what a memory! :DAhh, Bobby Sherman (http://www.celebritynooz.com/watn/sherman.html)!

Wayne K
02-18-2009, 05:29 PM
Ahh, Bobby Sherman (http://www.celebritynooz.com/watn/sherman.html)!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW90tW-a_5c

Ol' Fashioned Girl
02-18-2009, 05:29 PM
I had one of those! It was used... but I had one. Wore it out playing Tom Jones records.

And believe it or not, thinker, you actually can 'upload' music from one of those things to CDs. :) It involves wires, gizmos, software, hardware, patience, and holding your tongue juuuuuuuust right. Before all of Tom's music was available on CD, Ol' Boy helped me do it.

Carole
02-18-2009, 05:32 PM
I had a couple of record players when I was a kid. One was the typical kind for pre-adolescent girls with somebody's face on it. Probably Donny Osmond. And then I graduated to a more grown up record player, more like the one in the picture;

Fun Fact: When my boys were little, we were at my ex's parent's house at Christmas. When the ex and I decided to get out the Christmas albums, the boys were astonished. They said, "Wow! What gigantic CDs!" (They weren't joking).

alleycat
02-18-2009, 05:39 PM
We were all excited when the first personal computers came along.

http://www.mardecortesbaja.com/steampunkpc.jpg

Carole
02-18-2009, 05:40 PM
omg, what is that?

Susie
02-18-2009, 05:41 PM
I remember those. *Sigh* I must be old. :D

johnnysannie
02-18-2009, 05:48 PM
Ahh, Bobby Sherman (http://www.celebritynooz.com/watn/sherman.html)!

Ohhhh Bobby Sherman! I was such an adoring fan.....so long ago! (sigh!)

Wayne K
02-18-2009, 05:54 PM
Fun Fact: When my boys were little, we were at my ex's parent's house at Christmas. When the ex and I decided to get out the Christmas albums, the boys were astonished. They said, "Wow! What gigantic CDs!" (They weren't joking).
:roll:

Siddow
02-18-2009, 05:56 PM
Don't forget the first laptops.

http://www.juniormadscientist.com/wp-content/steampunk-laptop.jpg

williemeikle
02-18-2009, 06:02 PM
We had one of these:

http://www.vintage-radio.com/images/sets/hmv/1611.jpg

Ah, the wonders of microtechnology :)

Wayne K
02-18-2009, 06:11 PM
http://inovis.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/flintstones.gif

My first computer.

Atani
02-18-2009, 06:28 PM
Being about 30 now, I must be one of the last people I know who enjoyed these gadgets as a kid... I don't remember what brand it was, but I had a record player as a young child - but I listened to story book records. Those were fun :)

Then when I was about 12 my parents gave me my first "stereo" which was an enormous creature with speakers about as big as I was, a record player that actually would change the record for you (up to 6 or 8 I think) & even an 8-track tape player! Needless to say I wasn't able to enjoy that for very long. I remember rocking out to my mom's old Credence Clearwater records though :)

Serena Casey
02-18-2009, 06:38 PM
I had a record player sort of like that and we had only one 45 at first, so it got played over and over and over. Still love this song.
Indiana Wants Me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aixPu4RXmXE)

Carole
02-18-2009, 06:48 PM
I proudly admit that I listened to 45s of Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Cyndie Lauper, A Flock of Seagulls and MANY others on my record player.

James81
02-18-2009, 07:54 PM
What's a "record player"?

Carole
02-18-2009, 07:56 PM
LOL!!!

CaroGirl
02-18-2009, 07:59 PM
I used to have a little record player that was only big enough for 45s. When shut, it looked like a little black suitcase. I used to play all those mini stories on it. The 45s came in the inside sleeve of an illustrated book. You know, when Tinkerbell rang her little bells it was time to turn the page? No? I am NOT old.

Carole
02-18-2009, 08:24 PM
That's one reason my boys learned to read as early as they did. I had all these books with 45s and others with cassette tapes and they would listen and read along for hours.

TheRightEyedDeer
02-18-2009, 08:32 PM
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b128/VictoriaPark/CCR.jpg

Ah ... memories of dancin' in my best friend's garage with all those sweaty neighbourhood boys. :)

SherryTex
02-18-2009, 10:18 PM
I defy someone to have hoarded a worse record collection than me.

Freak Out by La Chic
Air Supply
Barry Manilow
The Kids from Fame (2 albums)
and Xanadu

CaroGirl
02-18-2009, 10:28 PM
I defy someone to have hoarded a worse record collection than me.

Freak Out by La Chic
Air Supply
Barry Manilow
The Kids from Fame (2 albums)
and Xanadu
I'm not sure mine's worse. How about equally bad?

Sean Cassidy
The Bay City Rollers (S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT!)
Saturday Night Fever
Spandau Ballet

Wayne K
02-18-2009, 10:28 PM
It don't mater no way no how. Old as I am, we had the bestest music. I'll challenge any generation on that.

BenPanced
02-18-2009, 10:34 PM
Anybody else remember Close 'n' Plays? (Battery-operated record players with needles made of pure granite that scratched more than played and a tinny speaker on top. You got one of those, you had Status.)

Cassiopeia
02-18-2009, 11:39 PM
Ahh, Bobby Sherman (http://www.celebritynooz.com/watn/sherman.html)!OH.MY.GOSH! Is he really that old? LOL. Life flies by so fast.

Wayne, loved the link. Thanks :D

I feel 12 again ;)

Oh you have to see this, for any of you Bobby Sherman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCbeok-Grq8&feature=related) fans. This isn't him singing but, the photos are of him. LOL.

thethinker42
02-19-2009, 02:42 AM
Okay okay, for the record (HA!), I *do* know what a record player is. In fact, I owned one when I was in elementary school. I still have it, but I don't know if it works.

And I still have one record left, which I've always refused to give up. What's that one record? Marty Robbins: Gunfighter Ballads.

And you people thought I only listened to 30 Seconds to Mars...

SirOtter
02-19-2009, 03:24 AM
We were all excited when the first personal computers came along.

http://www.mardecortesbaja.com/steampunkpc.jpg

I still have a typewriter that looks just like that. Mine is a 1929 Underwood my grandmother (40 years a newspaperwoman) gave me when she upgraded to 50s era Royal. She gave me the Royal when she finally admitted electricity was a good thing to apply to typewriters and got a Selectric in the 80s. I still have the Royal, too, but she never gave me the Selectric.

Both need cleaning and oiling and new ribbons, and they'd work just as well as the day they were first bought. They're cast iron and weigh a good thirty pounds each.

James81
02-19-2009, 03:28 AM
I defy someone to have hoarded a worse record collection than me.

Freak Out by La Chic
Air Supply
Barry Manilow
The Kids from Fame (2 albums)
and Xanadu

I'll see your record collection and raise you my CD collection:

James Ingram
Absolutely best of the 90's (with Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, Wilson Phillips)
Rod Stewart
Krazy Bone
Sammy Kershaw

Silver King
02-19-2009, 04:24 AM
I remember when 45s were available on the back of cereal boxes. After using scissors to cut out the cardboard record, you could play it on a turntable, where it would promptly ruin the needle.

I bought a CD player when hardly anyone knew what they were. I still remember the look on people's faces when I'd slide a disc into the machine and music began to play. My oldest brother, always a forward thinking sort, said, "Do you seriously think people are gonna get rid of their collections of LPs and tapes and switch to those things? You must be crazy. Save your money and invest in eight-track tapes."

TheRightEyedDeer
02-19-2009, 04:39 AM
I remember when 45s were available on the back of cereal boxes.

First time I ever heard Winston Churchill's voice was when I tugged one of those little black records out of an issue of National Geographic ... the one where they did an article about his death and funeral ... played it, and ruined the needle on my parents' turntable.

Yikes. That, like, totally shows how old I am, doesn't it? :tongue

Silver King
02-19-2009, 04:52 AM
...Yikes. That, like, totally shows how old I am, doesn't it? :tongue
You forgot to mention you were a child at the time, and the magazine issue was thirty years old when you found it under layers of dust in the attic. ;)

TheRightEyedDeer
02-19-2009, 06:28 AM
You forgot to mention you were a child at the time, and the magazine issue was thirty years old when you found it under layers of dust in the attic. ;)

Damn.

Chumplet
02-19-2009, 07:13 AM
I think my sister had one of those record players, or we borrowed it. Later, we had stereos. We still have a turntable downstairs, and my son enjoys hearing The Rolling Stones and Steve Martin on it.

Vinyl's coming back. Our local Sunrise Records now has a vinyl section again.

Bayou Bill
02-19-2009, 07:19 AM
I remember those. Just more proof, I suppose, of my "nobody" status.

Of course, I also seem to recall an earlier model.

http://www.moorestown.com/images/rotate/49.jpg

They don't make 'em like that anymore.

Bayou Bill :cool:

JoeEkaitis
02-19-2009, 09:18 AM
Someone's (http://www.crosleyradio.com) still makin' 'em.

http://crosleyradio.com/Images/cr84bt.gif

Lyra Jean
02-19-2009, 11:04 AM
We were all excited when the first personal computers came along.

http://www.mardecortesbaja.com/steampunkpc.jpg

That is sweet. I wants.

Kateri
02-19-2009, 12:21 PM
I'm not sure mine's worse. How about equally bad?

Sean Cassidy
The Bay City Rollers (S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT!)
Saturday Night Fever
Spandau Ballet

Oh no, memories of Sundays after Church...
Glen Campbell, (Where's the playground Susie ?)

someone and his Tijuana Brass,

The Partridge Family,

Jackson Five and my fathers non stop marching bands... Dad called it a radiogram, we called it a stereo and Mum still calls it the record player. Must admit they call the radio a wireless ! I feel like a real Groover now.

Bayou Bill
02-19-2009, 02:27 PM
Oh no, memories of Sundays after Church...
Glen Campbell, (Where's the playground Susie ?)

someone and his Tijuana Brass,
Herb Alpert

http://vinylobsessions.com/images/Herb%20Alperts%20Tijuana%20Brass.jpg

(note: she's NOT Herb Alpert)

No doubt this is just a coincidence BUT, on this day in 1878, the phonograph was patented by Thomas Edison.

Bayou Bill :cool:

CaroGirl
02-19-2009, 05:09 PM
Trivia: How many grooves does the average vinyl record have?

Wayne K
02-19-2009, 05:30 PM
Trivia: How many grooves does the average vinyl record have?
2. one on each side.

CaroGirl
02-19-2009, 05:34 PM
2. one on each side.
...is the correct answer!! :)

Wayne K
02-19-2009, 05:49 PM
...is the correct answer!! :)
What did I win?

CaroGirl
02-19-2009, 05:52 PM
What did I win?
An 8-track tape of Air Supply's greatest hits, a poster of Elvis on black velvet, and a rep point. Cool beans, huh? :)

Wayne K
02-19-2009, 06:02 PM
An 8-track tape of Air Supply's greatest hits, a poster of Elvis on black velvet, and a rep point. Cool beans, huh? :)
No canned squid?

Lyra Jean
02-19-2009, 07:19 PM
I used to have a record player. It was red. I had books on record from Disney I think so all the fairy tales like Cinderella and I had the Hobbit (little kids version).

Also Kermit the Frog it's not easy being green.
Grover I'm so blue.

I was four.

My gran has an awesome record collection. Lot's of Beatles.

Kateri
02-19-2009, 07:35 PM
Herb Alpert

http://vinylobsessions.com/images/Herb%20Alperts%20Tijuana%20Brass.jpg

(note: she's NOT Herb Alpert)

No doubt this is just a coincidence BUT, on this day in 1878, the phonograph was patented by Thomas Edison.

Bayou Bill :cool:
Thanks Bill. It was Herp Alpert! Any wonder Dad lost that cover. (Herb Albert)

CaroGirl
02-19-2009, 07:48 PM
Thanks Bill. It was Herp Alpert! Any wonder Dad lost that cover. (Herb Albert)
Two possibilities: either Dad "lost" the album cover...under his mattress; or Mom drop-kicked it into the path of moving garbage truck. You may never know.

Wayne K
02-19-2009, 07:55 PM
Herb Alpert

http://vinylobsessions.com/images/Herb%20Alperts%20Tijuana%20Brass.jpg

(note: she's NOT Herb Alpert)

No doubt this is just a coincidence BUT, on this day in 1878, the phonograph was patented by Thomas Edison.

Bayou Bill :cool:
Hm. If that is Herb, he's a handsome man.

BenPanced
02-19-2009, 08:08 PM
Who else liked to play records at the wrong speed? And got yelled at by the parents for doing so?

BenPanced
02-19-2009, 08:12 PM
http://pics.livejournal.com/benpanced/pic/000ap8p4

Bufty
02-19-2009, 10:07 PM
Yeah. :)

Frankie Lane belting out Jezebel, Tex Ritter singing High Noon, Winifred Atwell playing Cross Hands Boogie, or Earl Bostick working through Deep Purple while I jiggled the metal lever between fast and slow. I still have the wind-up HMV gramophone in its cabinet with cups of steel needles and the drop down section below for the 78rpm's. Plus the little velvet pad to make sure no dust marred the - ahem! - 'quality'.

The volume is fixed at either ear-splitting or ceiling-plaster-cracking depending upon which needle you use. :D


Who else liked to play records at the wrong speed? And got yelled at by the parents for doing so?

JoeEkaitis
02-19-2009, 10:24 PM
Who else liked to play records at the wrong speed? And got yelled at by the parents for doing so?Some 33 1/3 RPM LPs, when played at 78, would cause remote controlled TVs to change channels, automatic garage doors to open and close, and would send dogs into fits of murderous rage.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Y09%2BB-OjL._SS500_.jpg

David Conner
02-20-2009, 12:29 AM
Some 33 1/3 RPM LPs, when played at 78, would cause remote controlled TVs to change channels, automatic garage doors to open and close, and would send dogs into fits of murderous rage.


:roll:

David Conner
02-20-2009, 12:41 AM
http://www.diet-blog.com/archives/olddieting.jpg

What ever happened to the good old belt vibrator. Perhaps they just became smaller and more discrete.

Kateri
02-22-2009, 12:12 AM
Herb Alpert

http://vinylobsessions.com/images/Herb%20Alperts%20Tijuana%20Brass.jpg

(note: she's NOT Herb Alpert)

No doubt this is just a coincidence BUT, on this day in 1878, the phonograph was patented by Thomas Edison.

Bayou Bill :cool:

That was no coincidence, no such thing AND my Dad's name is Bill.. Is that you Dad?