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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.

RECORD PLAYER

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).

FISHER PRICE RECORD PLAYER

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.

By the way, this guy has hand-milled“Star Wars Theme” platter for the old-school Fisher Price record player. He even sells them here. Just listen.

If you are fully DIY-oriented, the instructions are here and they’re awesome.

FISHER PRICE RECORD PLAYER

JASON AND HIS FINE YOUNG MAN

Jason Tait is the Winnipeg-based drummer for The Weakerthans and Bahamas. He’s a long time collector and new father.

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