Blowing the dust off the vinyl

This afternoon my son convinced me to put together something upon which to play the huge pile of vinyl lurking at the back of the garage. This proved to be a bit trickier than I thought.

First, I took the old Ariston Q Deck record player out of a cupboard, only to find that its power supply was missing. Some more digging produced this ancient power adapter, which did the trick:

Mains Adaptor

Ariston Q Deck

Next I needed to deal with the fact that the only amplifier in the house capable of taking input from a record deck was knackered! It only puts out sound to the left speaker. Upon further investigation, I discovered that the headphone socket was still working OK. So I realised that I could take the output from the headphone socket and put it into my travel speakers.

Travel Speakers

Except that the headphone socket is "big jack" and the cable from the speackers is "mini-jack"! More hunting around by my son came up with the right adaptor, and we were sorted!

Headphone Socket on Amp

Highlights of the afternoon's listening included:

  • The Beatles: Abbey Road - all of side 2

  • The Beatles: Revolver - She Said She Said

  • The Cure: Standing on the Beach - In Between Days

  • OMD: Architecture and Morality - Souvenir

  • Genesis: Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Carpet Crawlers

  • The Chills: Kaleidoscope World: Doledrums

  • The Dukes of Stratosphear: 25 O' Clock - The Mole from the Ministry

  • 1000 Violins: If I Were a Bullet (12'' single)

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