Sunday, September 27, 2015

Those Old Vinyl Records

One of those things from Facebook. I believe it's a speed control from an old record turntable. The numbers are for the record's revolutions per minute. I remember there being a 33,45 and 78(?)rpm. For the life of me I don't recall ever seeing a 16. I don't remember ever playing a 78, although I might have seen one or two.

7 Comments:

At 10:21 AM, Blogger William Tillman said...

When I was 13 I helped a friend of my dad run a personal trash route in K.C.MO for some elderly people,I us to get 78 speed records from one of the custermers trash some are worth a lot of money.

 
At 10:59 AM, Blogger charlie said...

The umbers indicate the revolutions per minute of the record. They were actually 45 1/2, 33 1/3. The 16 RPM records were for voice only as the fidelity was so poor for music.

 
At 11:01 AM, Blogger charlie said...

Numbers not umbers. I hate tablet keyboards!

 
At 12:31 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

" The 16 RPM records were for voice only as the fidelity was so poor for music."

Thanks. That might be why I don't remember ever seeing them.

Just checked the old turntable/radio I have out in the garage. It only has 33 and 45rpm for choices. Neat machine, though. Plays records, 8 track tapes, cassettes and AM/FM radio. You can record anything to cassettes on that thing, which I pretty much did years ago.

Bought it at Sears decades ago. About the only thing that might not still work is the turntable. Tried to play a record on it some months ago and couldn't figure out how to get it turning.

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger Julie Timmons said...

I still have a turntable and a bunch of 33's. Play them once a year when I want a Nat 'King' Cole fix.

 
At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

78's were older - pre-1950's - vinyl. I had a lot of them with kids songs and cowboy songs on them. My first introduction into recorded music. Parents had many with operas or classical music on them and they usually came in albums. You needed a lot of them, both sides, to play an opera.

 
At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Ross Rowley said...

The 16 RPM records were, as stated correctly, used for voice only. My mother had transcription recordings from the medical world from the 1950's. Also recordings of newspaper articles would be read onto 16 RPM records for the blind. They were turning slower so they could get more time on a recording. While a 33-1/3 record had roughly 22 minutes per side, a 16 RPM record could get twice as much time.

 

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