The Mighty Tiny Phonograph

Real record players and real 45's were so prevalent and inexpensive, why would anyone invest in this?

     Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 10, 2022
     Category: Toys | 1960s | Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

I can see it. Phonographs were big, heavy things (from a child's perspective), and someone older had to be in charge of it to ensure records didn't get scratched and the needle was put in exactly the right place.

The kid could carry this around, and even their clumsy little fingers could get the record over the spindle. They could also play the same thing over and over and over and over and over again, ad infinitum, ad nauseam, which little kids so love to do (if you hate someone, give their youngest a dvd of Frozen or Sing).

Another advantage is it'd keep them from messing around with your record player (don't ask me how I know, but I can assure you it's impossible to get grape jelly off a turntable, and every record you play will stick to the sleeve when you put it away).
Posted by Phideaux on 12/10/22 at 02:36 AM
Looks to be too large for the Lilliputians to operate. Maybe about right for Santa's elves.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 12/10/22 at 07:42 AM
Why? Because having something smaller than expected, but which still works, is amusing?

I own a Mikiphone. It's far from the best record player, but its very compactness makes it fascinating.
Posted by Richard Bos on 12/10/22 at 09:00 AM
Miniaturization has been the Holy Grail of technology forever so maybe these guys were actually ahead of their time - cell phones and computer chips are examples.
Regarding 'inexpensive' records, 45s cost a dollar when I was a kid and that seemed like a lot of money.
I have to admit my grandmother gave me a four-track tape player back then - I think I owned a total of 3 or 4 tapes since it was an idea that didn't exactly catch on.
Posted by Atha McMurtrey on 12/14/22 at 12:46 PM
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