I wanted to show off the newest addition to our home.....a 1949/50 Philco radio with turntable!
It was my parents and I grew up with it in the house. Here's me standing beside it when I was 15 months old in 1974, lol!
It traveled with us through several moves, but in more recent years it sat in my parents basement, collecting dust and cobwebs and was in bad need of repair.
Thankfully, one of my dad's friends and fellow musicians also repairs stuff like this on the side, and so the wonderful Verle Straatman got the radio and turntable back in working order. Afterwards, my dad graciously offered to let us have it, rather than take it back to his home. So now it sits, looking right at home beside our old upright piano.
Here is the turn table, opened by pulling down the front panel:
Unfortunately, it's only AM radio, and will only play 78 rpm records and 45's (not the more "modern" vinyl) so its use will be limited, but that's OK. I found an oldies station yesterday that plays a mix of 40's, 50's and 60's music which is great (most oldies stations around here consider 80's and 90's "oldies"....blegh) and I have a stack of old 78 and 45 records from my dad's collection....including some homemade ones that he recorded himself.
This is one of the homemade ones. As you can see, it's pretty beat up and the shellac is starting to flake off the sides of the metal disc. But, scratchy though it is, I can still hear (kinda) what's recorded on it.
Here's a closeup of the label, it says "Me singing, about 1946 or 47." That would put my dad at 15 or 16 years old. It was a thrill to hear him so young, still finding his voice. If I had lots of spare money I could purchase the equipment and software necessary to transfer it all to a digital format and share it with the world.....but alas, I don't have lots of spare money (though if you wish to donate to the cause, I'm all for that!) so you'll have to take my word for it that it was Damn Cool.
I'd almost rather have this than an iPod!