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Anonymous asked in Consumer ElectronicsMusic & Music Players · 1 decade ago

Where can i get a Gramophone style vinyl player ?

somthing that looks like an old style Gramophone, but plays new records.

i know NOTHING about 33's and 78's, i couldent be more confused tbh, looking to buy a gift for xmas!


Maybe a restored antique, as long as it plays new vinyl records

9 Answers

  • jonal
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favourite answer

    78's were still made in the 1940's...I've got hundreds of them.

    In Edison's days recordings were made were on cylinders, not disks, and played on phonographs, later known as gramophones when disks made of vinyl plastic were used for the recordings, which were then called records.

    Gramophones used a wind-up spring driven mechanical motor to turn the records, and became obsolete when electric motors were used instead.

    What you are looking for is a record player or a turntable.

    Record player normally means a unit with an amplifier and speaker (or speakers) built in. The biggest-selling one through the 60's was the Dansette, and like all the others played 33's, 45's, and 78's.

    Well known brands were Garrard, Pye, Ferguson, Goodmans, Ultra, and Marconi, and many other brands were available.

    33's are known as LP's, standing for Long Playing.

    45's are called singles, having only one track per side.

    Turntables are used with an external amplifier.

    They are not antiques. .....they are Vintage or Modern!

    Some modern ones play 78's but not many...

    The European firm Rega makes excellent turntables, which cost from around £100 to several hundreds , and can be bought from hi-fi shops all over the country and all over Europe.

    Linn makes very expensive ones in Scotland, and they are top quality audiophile equiment.

    The classic British makes are Garrard, SME, Linn, and Mitchell.

    Japanese brands include Technics,Trio, Kenwood (same firm as Trio), Onkyo, Sony, Sanyo, and Pioneer, and many others.

    From Europe, Thorens, Rega, and the beautiful Swiss-made Lenco's. I've got three of them. That's original Lenco, not the firm using the name now....which are good but not brilliant like the proper stuff was

    Here are the new USB models. . . .

    This is the proper stuff...Swiss precision engineering

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    I've got nine turntables....all bought cheap and two are proper top-end hi-fi units on anti-vibration mounting blocks and have needles (stylus) that cost over £100 new. They run through Quad and Acoustic Research hi-fi amplifiers.

    You can buy a Bush (around £40) or similar which works through the USB or get a proper oldie which is built better and sounds better for a fiver from second hand shops or charity shops.

    Or even EBay...hundreds there every week.

    I've got hundreds of 78's and around 800 LP's.

    The big days of record players were the 60's, 70's and 80's.

    Through the 90's they lost favour as CD sales grew, but they never disappeared completely.

    Tens of thousands of hi-fi enthusiasts still have them. The best record players beat the hell out of mid-price or even some very expensive CD players.

    Thr Garrard 401 can fetch over £1000 second hand! . . .

    A good place to look is Cash Converters.

    I bought an Acoustic Research EB-101 an absolute classic for £15...laughing all the way to the bank...a new belt for it costs that much. . . . . . .

    The names to know...

    AR! . .

    Technics 1200...a modern DJ'er ever and known throughout the world . . . . .

    The King of British Record Players..a legend . . . . . . . .

    The oldie Kings, still worth a fortune..Garrard 301 and 401

    Check the price on this Garrard 401...second hand . . .

    Linn...the Linn Sondek LP12 is an unaffordable dream for many audio buffs . . . .

    That's a start...there are hundreds more models.

    From £1 up......some bargains around now.

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  • jesus
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Gramophone Record Player

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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    There are three standard speeds that records spin at (revolutions/minute): 33 1/3, 45 and 78 If you are looking to play all 3 types of records, you will need to shell out quite a bit of extra cash, as turntables capable of playing 78 RPM records are mainly audiophile machines, there are some that are about halfway between a $150 turntable and a $1000 semi-audiophile one, bit still, it's a lot of money. Plus, you'd need to invest in a ""Shellac-stylus," the 78's require a special needle, different from the elliptical diamond tipped ones commonly used to play vinyl. Repeatedly playing a shellac record with a needle meant for playing vinyl will wear the grooves down quickly. I don't have a clue where you live, so it's kind of hard to give any links or stores, but I just thought I'd provide you with some additional info. If you dont mind missing out on 78s (if your into anything 60's and later, you're not missing much, 78s were mainly used for classical music of the pre-60s and anything after that (ex. Elvis) can be found on vinyl as well), then you should be able to get a decent NEW turntable for $200-300. If you dont mind buying used (look for belt-drive turntables by Stanton, Dual, Technics), you can get something very close to an audiophile-grade turntable (top of the line at the time it came out) for around the same price range, maybe even as low as $150.

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  • NONE
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    78s are from the days of wind-up players like the Victrola and Edison. It's not likely that you need to factor those in. 33s are the album standard and 45s are singles. Check out or see them in a Target store.

    I don't think you'll find such an animal. A true antique is one hundred years or older. That won't play 33s. A new one won't play 78s.

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