Vinyl Devotion.

4 Feb

I feel weird posting a blog that does not revolve around foodage. What the what? When did this become a food blog?

Sometimes I do think about things other than food. This is one of those times.

I got this lovely piece of equipment at a yard sale back in 2002. I spent $25 dollars on it. Twenty-five. It’s a Morse/Electrophonic AM/FM radio, 8-Track player and record player. It came with about 18 8-track tapes as well. (Including an Elvis Christmas, Heart, Billy Joel, Carl Perkins, and the B-52′s, amongst others).

It lights up to the beat when you play music. Or talk radio. Or NPR.

Ever had an audio/visual experience while listening to Prairie Home Companion? It’s not that exciting. I should probably stick to putting the lights on only when there are strictly songs playing. I’ll work on that.

So what worked when I brought it home without testing it? Radio, yes. AM & FM, fancy. 8-Track player? Temperamental but reliable. Lights? Hells yes. Turntable? Nope. Dead on arrival.

I’ve randomly searched the internet throughout the past ten years to find a replacement. The only thing is, a replacement does not exist. Anywhere.

I eventually took my friends advice and brought the turntable to the repair shop down the street where “the guy can fix anything.” After having it in his possession for three weeks. I get a phone call. The magical repair man can’t fix it after all.

I take to searching Ebay again, and miraculously, after years of searching, there was the make/model turntable in working condition. Well, it was one model number off, but it appeared to have the same connections and doo-hickies needed. Thanks random Canadian person!

Now it is here. I’ve hooked it up. And can finally listen to my records again. The real reason I bought it, besides how awesome the piece is overall, was that I needed a record player. Now, a decade later, I have one.

The first song I played? “Nancy Drew” by Tuscadero. It was a single from 1994. It was one of the first 7″ records I bought. And I still love the song 18 years later.

6 Responses to “Vinyl Devotion.”

  1. mostlymonochrome February 4, 2012 at 17:20 #

    Nice piece of analogue technology.

  2. Bob Colby February 5, 2012 at 23:30 #

    Tuscadero! Liked them a lot.

  3. violetsandcardamom February 12, 2012 at 21:26 #

    Love this! I just got my first record player recently and adore it. Yours looks way cooler though! I wish mine had lights that flashed to the beat. :)

  4. Laura January 5, 2013 at 14:15 #

    I just purchased one for $25, how do i repair it. The record player doesn’t work either it has alot of static. If you can help me please e-mail me at laura.vesper.4@gmail.com..The A track is ontop with the record player in the middle, is that the way its supposed to be?

  5. LULU KNOLES February 27, 2013 at 02:18 #

    I BOUGHT ONE ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND ALL I HAD TO DO WAS WIPE IT OFF. EVERY THING WORKS. CAME WITH MANUAL FOR THE TURNTABLE AND A SMALL PACKAGE OF COLORED REPLACEMENT BULBS. ALSO HAS 3 EXTRA 45 RPM ADAPTERS. IF ANYONE NEEDS ONE, I HAVE A COUPLE. FITS THE BSR TURNTABLE.I FOUND ANOTHER ONE A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO. IT WORKS BUT THE CABINET GOT WET AND IS IN BAD SHAPE. EVERYTHING WORKS ON IT TOO. IF ANYONE HAS ONE AND NEEDS SOME PARTS, JUST EMAIL ME ( stormygirl2011@live.com) WOULD BE HAPPY TO HELP SOMEONE OUT.

  6. LULU KNOWLES February 27, 2013 at 02:31 #

    I HAVE PARTS FOR THE MORSE ELECTROPHONIC WITH THE FLASHING DISCO LIGHTS IF SOMEONE NEEDS A PART. CABINET IS IN ROUGH SHAPE DUE TO LIVING ON THE COAST AND BEING STORED IN A SHED. I HAVE DUST COVER,BULBS ETC. JUST DROP ME A EMAIL stormygirl2011@live.com DON’T MIND HELPING SOMEONE OUT. PARTS ARE KINDA HARD TO FIND.

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