I bought this Fisher Price record player about 18 years ago now. This was long before I became a dad — I used it as a sound source to make tape loops. I only really used the turntable for personal demos and experiments; it never quite made it onto a studio album.
1970s FISHER PRICE TURNTABLE IN ITS NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Last year we had our first child.
I decided to take off the contact microphones, unplug it from the distortion pedals and use the record player for its intended purpose. Unlike the reissued version, the original Fisher Price record player operates via tines being plucked by notches in the record’s groove (see image).
JASON TAIT LIKES TO TAKE THINGS APART
You can kind of do little DJ scratches on the old Fisher Price turntables. The new FP turntables (misleadingly called the “classic”) operate using AA batteries and the music itself is stored on a computer chip. No hand-cranking the spring, or carefully placing the stylus on the record for it to work. Lame.
My son loves it. Well, he loves taking the record off and throwing it across the room.