All About...My Record Player

Sunday, 17 April 2016

I'm all for nostalgia, and quite often honestly think that I was born in the wrong era when it comes to musical taste. So what better way to bring about some nostalgic tunes to my life, than by owning my very own record player, and having my very own vinyl record collection?

I have talked about receiving my Record Player in a couple of my past posts, but have never gone all that much into detail on the matter. Obviously this post won't appeal to everyone, but it only takes for me to walk into HMV and see their record collection, to know that Vinyl and everything to do with it is coming back in a big way! Therefore, today I will be telling you all a little about my beloved player, and will discuss the pros and cons of having such an item and playing your music on it....

Firstly, I feel that a little bit of information on my Record Player is needed. There are a lot of turntable brands out there, but my player is a Crosley Cruiser with three speeds, in the most gorgeous shade of blue (to match my room of course) was bought from John Lewis and cost around £70.


I have to say that if I had the space in my bedroom, I would absolutely have this beautiful thing out on display all of the time as it is very aesthetically pleasing. Thankfully though, as I don't have the room for constant display, the portability of this player means that I can fold it up (it's a briefcase style, as you can see above) and pop it under my desk, or take it anywhere else in the house to play it it whenever I please. Another obvious plus about this Record Player is that you can play your vinyl records on it (yes obviously Olivia, that's why it's a vinyl record player). Turntables are perfect for anyone who just generally loves music, as you can find records for music made anywhere between this year and 70 years ago. The records themselves are also incredibly beautiful things (the album sleeves just look so cool and interesting), and the crackle of the sound when you pop them on the turntable sends you right back a few decades!


Record players are definitely investments of sorts though, and can be seen as quite expensive considering you can just play music within seconds (and for free) on YouTube and Spotify. The sound quality is also probably not to everyone's liking- the music doesn't boom out of the speakers, and if you want lots of noise and fantastic quality then a Record Player definitely isn't for you. Furthermore, the actual records could be seen as rather expensive too, as from HMV all records usually range in price from about £10-£30. 

However though, if you really do love music you can cancel out the above issues- listening to your player a lot kind of makes you forget the price tag and you can plug in an additional speaker to the player if you want a louder sound (although I personally adore the authenticity of the turntable's own sound). Furthermore, if you don't want to spend too much on maintaining a decent vinyl collection, you can always hunt around for cheap records at vintage fairs, car boots, and also in charity shops (also asking your parents and grandparents if they have any old records might work, as I got a hell of a lot of my collection from my parents)!

I hope you all enjoyed this post anyway, especially if you like the look of record players and are thinking of getting one on the near future.

P.S. You can find my record player, and others HERE

Olivia xo

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  1. That is so cool!!! :) I used to listen to Michael Jackson thriller on our record player as a kid. Love it!

  2. I love my record player! It's definitely not a cute one, and not terribly compact, but it plays records which is all I want from it, haha. That crackle when you put the needle on? Perfection ;) I actually do have a speaker set up with mine because the volume is quite faint, I don't notice a huge difference in sound quality. The biggest con that I know of is that it is the beginning of an addiction. I look at every single pile of vinyl records I come across, looking for something interesting ;)


    1. I completely agree with you, I'm always searching through piles of records looking for any that take my fancy!


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