This is more of a fun page than anything else. This is where I’ll post all the miscellaneous items and collectables that I’ve purchased over the years that are adapter, record, turntable or at least music related.
This was originally sold to me as a record adapter. Once I received it, it was clear it wasn’t since it’s too large and very thin. Thanks so Guido, I was finally able to identify what this item is. The bad news, nope, it isn’t an adapter (so much for my once in a lifetime rare find). It turns out that this is actually the end piece of a Columbia cylinder phonograph. It was placed at the end of the mandrel. Well, at least now we know.
I honestly have no idea exactly what this is, but based on the branding and the size, I can throw out an educated guess. This is a soft cardboard disc which is roughly the size of an LP record label. The center which is the size of a 45 hole is made of a clear plastic. I’m guessing based on the name of Nontutch that this was some rare protector that was placed between multiple records. Based on the softness of the cardboard, it could have helped in preventing slippage as well as to protect the labels or even the records as they dropped down on top of each other. I’m thinking that if you wanted to use these on 45’s, you could remove the center clear plastic piece. All this is a guess though. I’ve tried to research these, but have not been able to come up with anything. If anyone is familiar with these, please let me know.
This is a promotional item that came from Coop Tapes and Records. Coop was an indie record store chain with locations in Illinois and Iowa. In case you haven’t figured it out, this is a 2″ x 1/4″ shaped disc that has two grooves on the back side. This was a handy little tool that you slid along the edge of a sealed LP record to cut the shrink wrap for easy opening. From what I can research, I’m thinking that this is from the 70’s or early 80’s.
This isn’t any groundbreaking find, but I did find it a little interesting and unique…so here’s where it landed. This looks like a small book with a hole in the center. It’s actually packaging that was for a Fidelitone needle. This is a very heavy duty cardboard that probably did a great job to protect the needle it held. What makes this packaging a little unique is that the left edge of the packaging also doubles as a record brush. So not only does it protect the needle, it helps protect your records as well. Nice concept.
This is a good example of a vintage record cleaning cloth. This cloth was apparently “impregnated” with some unidentified chemical that supposedly treated the vinyl, removed static as well as the typical dirt, dust and grime. I’m not sure of the year that this came out.
As long as we’re on the topic of unidentified chemicals, I’ll bring this one up. This is some compound that was apparently applied with a soft cloth. Besides preserving and protecting the record, it also claims to reduce friction and surface noise. This is the only brand of something like this that I’ve seen. I haven’t opened it because I’m sure that whatever was inside, is fully dried out by now.
These are some fun wine glass charms that I found during one of my probably too many trips to Vegas. They’re very rubbery and have always generated great conversation.
Ok, you’re probably starting to see a trend here….yet another adapter themed item. This time is a rubber coaster of a 45 record, and yes it’s complete with a Recoton adapter. This was another Vegas find.
I’ve always been fascinated by the early record recorders. Nothing all that unusual here, but these are the cutting needles for the record players that would cut records. I guess I grew up recording on tape and purchasing pre-recorded records, so the idea of recording on a record was always interesting to me.
Ok, so here’s the one item that I really can’t tell you if it truly worked or not. This is the DiscKit from Discwasher, Inc. It contained a complete record cleaning kit which included fluid for cleaning the records, the pad cleaner to clean them with, the stylus cleaner and of course, the mystical Zerostat gun. So lets get to the science behind the Zerostat. It’s my understanding that when you squeeze the trigger it emits positive ions and then when you release it it emits negative ions. Bottom line, it supposedly improved the sound quality of records by removing static. I don’t recall ever really noticing a significant difference, but I guess it was all part of the vinyl experience!
There were a lot of options when coming to cleaning your vinyl. Short of a full blown vinyl cleaner, I personally preferred the Discwasher that I described above. This is another example of cleaners that have been available.
Here’s something that I found quite interesting and had never seen prior to stumbling across these. These are called Grip-Sette Tractions Mats. They are basically a sticker on one side and a felt-like material on the other. You would actually stick these to your records. They served two purposes. Firstly they created traction and “grip” when records were stacked so that the records would not slip. They also claim that this cushion even helped if your records were warped…something I’ve never tested. Secondly, they also cushioned the fall as records would be dropped down on to each other. These were made by the Thompson Traction Mat Company out of New York, although I’m not sure of the date of manufacture.
In the Vinyl Break Outs section I discuss a tool a called the Dinker. The tool is used to take an un-dinked record (a 45 with only a small hole the size of an LP hole) and cut the center out so that the hole is the size of a standard 45 die cut record (1 1/2 inches). This was usually necessary when a record was going to be used in a jukebox, which normally required the larger hole. The Dinker tool is shown below. There are other variations that also work, but this tool seemed to do the best job for me since it did the best at preserving the center…which is the part that I was actually interested in.
I recall trying to use these on my turntable at various times but never really had much luck with them. These would clip onto the arm of the turntable. I normally placed them quite close to the needle. I admit they seemed to collect quite a bit of dust the longer the record played, but it seemed more of a hassle than anything. I found it easier to give the record a good cleaning prior to playing it. But, since I put dedicated some time into trying to make these work, I thought I would post it here.
This is called a Record Nest. It was a way to store your 45’s. Normally, you would have several of these as they are stackable. A person would place their 45’s on top. The next would server two purposes. First to hold the records on top and also to cover the records below. I’ve seen these in multiple colors including red and black as well.
Pins are a fun way to collect music memorabilia. Plus, they’re rather inexpensive to collect unless you’re going after something really rare or unusual (and much cheaper than trying to outbid everyone for a rare adapter). Here are a few examples of some of the music related pins that I’ve collected.
I’ve never been a big comic book collector, but it was fun to find some old comics that referenced vinyl. These comics had a nice record/music theme…so of course they found their way here.
Here’s one for all you golfers out there. This is a cool 45 record adapter ball marker from ReadyGOLF.com. The marker is nice in that it has a fairly strong magnetic clip that makes it easy to fasten your marker with no worries of losing it. ReadyGOLF has an array of unique golf gifts, as well as a collection of performance & luxury golf apparel you won’t find anywhere else (plus some one-of-a-kind Caddyshack gifts to help you or your favorite duffer laugh off a round of buzzards or have some fun with the country club decorum). This is a really great site so I hope you check them out.
I’m not a toy collector, but I happened to come across these. It’s always great when you see toys that incorporate some “old stuff” into them. This is actually an American Girl doll accessory. It’s a small record storage box with several miniature records in it. It’s pretty cool to see detail like this in toys for young kids. I guess there’s hope for our future! 😉
This is a fun vinyl record carrier that measures about 9″x7″. I’m guessing based on the writing on the inside that it’s roughly from the 60’s. It has two retractable black hard plastic handles for carrying and also contains a total of 13 brown paper sleeves for 45 records. This was made by Teen Time, Inc. from Pawtucket, RI.
I found this at a craft show. I wish I had the name of this person because I would promote the site for him. He cuts LP labels, places a finish on them and sells them as coasters. What’s really cool about him is that he makes wood holders for them. So basically you can choose from a large selection of record labels and mix and match for your perfect coaster collection. Well done!
This piece is from the On the Road Again collection by FIGI. It was made during 1991-1996. This adorable piece is a stylized reproduction of a 1946 bubbling jukebox, one of the most recognized styles of a jukebox. There is really some fun detail on this piece. On this covered box, the jukebox has yellow and orange light panels, metallic silver chrome accents, and a round speaker grill. The main body is a deep blue. On the left side are sculpted music notes and a guitar silhouette; on the right are sculpted music notes and a saxophone silhouette. Across the top is metallic silver crown trim. At the back of the jukebox, there is a bar stool with tubular metal legs, a discarded white scarf, a full soda bottle, a 45 RPM record, and a delicious strawberry milk shake. Beside them is an open soda machine with an empty bottle sitting on the ground. The top of the piece lifts off to reveal a stack of records tucked inside.
Ok, just when you think that you’ve seen it all, this comes along. Guys, hold on tight to your man cards here. For those of you looking to make their finger nails look all the more appealing, what beter than a turntable nail buff? Not sure the reason for the turntable design, but I’ll give them points for creativity!
Well this is probably as good a time as any to go ahead and introduce this product as well. This is a pewter necklace. I’ve seen both men and women wearing these although my interest was more just as a collectible.
This is a Victor Victrola Electrola Phonograph VE4-3 X Name Plate Badge with Serial Number 7032. The image of this exact model is shown on the right. According to the Victor Victrola site, this unit was as follows:
“The Consolette was one of the first four Orthophonic Victrola models introduced in late 1925. It was a low-cost, small console-style machine that was quite popular with middle-class Americans. This model remained in production into early 1929, indicating that it remained a strong seller. The Consolette was available only with a mahogany finish, and included an Orthophonic Reproducer, exponential horn, and nickel plated hardware (an antique bronze finish was used at the end of the production run). Early production versions had no grille cloth covering the horn opening and used a simple single spring motor, with a small 10″ turntable. In December 1925, the turntable was enlarged to 12″ and a double spring motor and grille cloth was added. In mid-1926, the auto brake feature was added. In mid-1927, the cabinet design was modernized, with a more squared-off appearance. The original 1925 selling price of the 4-3 was $85.00. The price was later raised to $95.00. An estimated total of 234,323 hand-wound Victrola 4-3’s were produced, making it the most popular of the full size (non-portable) Orthophonic phonographs. The 4-3 was also available with an electric motor option (VE 4-3) for $35.00 extra. The production logs show that a total of 7,428 of these machines were produced, however the serial numbers of surviving examples indicate that at least 8,000 were made.”
This was clearly a plate from an electric model. I never really knew that there was quite a following for something as simple as a name plate. It took me a few bids to find one that was in decent condition, but it’s something that I find interesting…for some odd reason.
Here are some fun adapter related night lights from Night Light Designs. You can visit their site at www.nightlightdesigns.com.
There seems to be a decent amount of people who collect vintage record player needles, or at least the tins that the needles came in. These are examples of such tins. A lot of these that are for sale online are in pretty rough shape, but these are actually in fairly good condition. These came will all the needles inside. I remember as a child removing the large needle and putting new one in. I’m surprised these large needles didn’t just cut right through the record!
My weekend project was to come up with a way to display some of my adapters. Well, this was the final result. Actually looks much better in person than in this photograph, but you get the general idea. This definitely creates a good amount of conversation when people see it for the first time.
This is an item that many of you have probably never seen or even heard of. I believe that this was made in the 50’s by Audiotex Manufacturing Company out of Rockford, IL and Los Angeles, CA. This is a Stylus Weight Gauge. It’s basically a tool to measure the weight of the record player tone arm. You would hook the tone arm with this gauge (while the tone arm was on the outer 1/2 of an LP record) and just lift it up to measure the weight. You would take this reading and then compare it to the weight recommended by the manufacturer of the pick-up cartridge being used. It’s not something that I ever used, but probably would have during my “geek” stage in life. C’mon, we all had one…
This is a Stylus Pressure Gauge made by Livingston Electronic Corporation out of Livingston, NJ. They were an early specialist company for tone arms and cartridges. This gauge was probably produced around the launch of the first GE VR cartridges in 1947. This gauge is 4 1/2″ long made from grey and blue plastic. When the blue top is opened, a piece of spring steel receives the cartridge stylus. The weight of the stylus depresses the spring steel, which then can be read as stylus pressure in grams on the graduated scale (0-30 grams). This basically accomplishes the same thing as the gauge shown above, but instead of lifting the tone arm with the one above, you simply rest it on this unit.
This is another Stylus Pressure Gauge, only this time by Garrard. Garrard is an English company that was famous for producing high-quality gramophone turntables. This gauge had a range of 0-15 grams.
Ok, you’re probably had your fill of pressure gauges, but here’s one last one. This one is from Clarkstan. Although I’m not sure of the exact manufacture date, I’m guessing that it’s from the 50’s or 60’s.
This is a vintage turntable anti-static mat that appears to be from the 70’s. If you’ve been around vinyl records for long, you quickly learned how static in records cause audible crackling and static noise while at the same time attracting dust to the record. A little science here…..Vinyl records carry with them an intrinsic negative electrical charge. Under low humidity conditions like what you often see in a house, this electrical charge can be accentuated and will tend to attract a considerable amount of dust to the playing surface, as well as discharging itself while playing through the pick-up assembly thus resulting in the cracking sounds that are so often associated with vinyl records. This mat, as well as others that are still available today, neutralize the charge by inducing an opposite positive charge in the active carbon constituents of the mat, thus neutralizing the negative charge and resulting crackling. I’ve read many reviews on these types of mats, and most everyone agrees that they do help at least a bit in reducing the noise.
This is a strobe specifically made for an Edison Diamond Disc record. Strobes are used to verify that the turntable is playing at the proper speed. The reason that it’s for the Diamond Discs is because those were manufactured to be played at the unique speed of 80 RPM’s. When placed on the turntable where the platter is spinning at exactly 80 RPM’s, the strobe will appear to be not moving at all, or “motionless” as described on the strobe instructions. Some turntables have strobes built onto the side of the platter that allows the user to continually verify the accuracy of the platter speed, although finding one that would calibrate at 80 RPM’s (and also actually play the Diamond Discs) would difficult if not impossible.
This is the Edison Gold Moulded Records book from 1905 which listed by number all the record cylinders that Thomas Edison released in America. This particular book listed all titles to July 1905, inclusive. The book seems to categorize the songs by specific genre. For example, some of the categories are Banjo Solo’s, Vocal Duets, Cornet Solo’s, etc.
Looks like someone found another use for old and worn out 45’s. This is a 45 (with an adatper) which has been cut, sealed and a backing applied. These were being sold as coasters. They’re a little rough and your glass doesn’t really sit all that flat, but it’s an interesting idea. Thought I would add it here since it’s a bit unique.
Going to a party or into scrap booking? Well here an adapter related idea. These are small die cut record adapters. I would think that they would work equally well as confetti or in scrap booking.
Fiesta medals are a long-running tradition of San Antonio’s Fiesta week. They originally stemmed from the town’s military history and celebrate the San Antonio-based music website, record label & concert promoter. These are now collected & traded by the thousands. The medallion measures just under 2″ in diameter, and hangs from a black drape ribbon with pinback.