Dig this portable record player from 1966


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/07/26/dig-this-portable-record-playe.html


#2

What’s the conversion from guineas to bitcoin, or some other modern currency?


#3

“…like a flamingo(!)”


#4

1 guinea = 21 shillings
21 shillings = £1 and a shilling
£1 and a shilling - £1.05 in new money.

Racehorses are still priced in guineas - goodness knows why


#5

Thanks. So 16 guineas, inflation adjusted (x17.5) works out to £294 today.


#6

so, this never caught on because it was cheaply built and didn’t work right, or because it was too expensive?

https://longwhitekid.wordpress.com/category/discatron-portable-record-player/

It was an extremely pricey piece of modern technology that set you back well over a whole week’s salary at the time.

seems unlikely any made it over here in the US or I feel like I would have heard about it already.


#7

There are at least 12 furlongs per guineas.


#8

I feel the groove all the way over here.


#9

But park your ears and hear my warning, dig? Daddy-O, those super hip cats are Trump supporters now.


#10

Lordy, but the radios in that article are beautiful.


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#12

Would it have really cost that much more to put in a radio as well? Seems a shame, then you’d have a sort of mono, AM only proto-boombox. Which makes me imagine these wholesome British teenagers carefully penning naughty graffiti on the Underground, and cranking these things up to 5, maybe even 6 decibels.


#13

What format of disc is that using? It’s smaller than an LP, but doesn’t have the large hole of a 45 rpm spindle.


#14

They keep waving the disks around so it’s hard to tell. There were 7" 33rpm disks with a small hole. Or perhaps it’s a proprietary format, such as the Highway Hi-Fi used.


#15

And nobody worried about their manufacturing jobs.


#16

In one shot you can see that the disc is a 45 RPM disk with a “breakout” center. I remember running into a few of these. You could play it on an LP spindle or knock out the center to use a standard 45 spindle.I guess to use ordinary 45s you’d have to push one of those metal or plastic adapters into the hole. I don’t know what happens if the adapter slips out while you’re waving your portable about.


#17

The adapters are very clever and lock into the hole. (I say “are” because they are still in production. At some record stores, they used to have a bucket of them near the register, you’d just grab a handful on your way out of the store.)


#18

wonder if the pye car record player beats that

pye R sq’ed

or the philips automignon

[AG2101D] (http://www.capitol6000.com/recordplayers.html)


#19

I think you’ll find that they are probably Nigel Farage supporters who voted for Brexit. (A bit like the Woodstock attendees who became bankers and CocaCola execs,)


#20

And if you don’t see them you would ask the shopkeeper had they any middles for your Jamaican 45s…

The 7" records here a re bog standard UK singles, ones with the small spindle hole as q 12" has, ones that you needed to put middles in are rarer and cluster around the mod scenes.