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If you're of a certain age, you probably have memories of sitting on your bedroom floor listening to the Beatles, the Monkees, Elvis, or the Beach Boys. The good news is that you can go home again!
This Firestone portable record player recreates that experience. Players from this era use vacuum tubes and this creates a warm, rich sound quality. It plays 33 1/3s, 45s, and 78s. There are two needles on this player, on for the two slower speeds and one for 78s. To change speeds, you select the speed you want next to the turntable and then twist switch at the end of the tone arm. Remember that vacuum tubes take a minute to warm up, so you won't have full volume immediately. Once it's warmed up though, this little player puts out tons of sound! My husband says that this is due to the fact that it has a rare, high quality, high out-put crystal cartridge. (The cartridge is what the needle is inserted into.) You won't want it on full volume if you're in the same room!
This player has been refurbished by my husband :-) He replaced the tone arm, cartridge and needles and he used what's called new old stock so that the replacements are correct to the vintage of the player. (New old stock means that the parts were produced back in the day but they've never been used :-)
It's sturdy case measures 12 1/4" x 10 1/4" x 5 3/4". It's vinyl over wood and the surface is in very good condition. The paper liner inside the case is nearly perfect.
For those of you who like the details, the Stock number is 4-A-117 and the Code is 364-3-4V2.
If you want to hear a couple of my old records played on this record player, you can head over to YouTube -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azzF3O9DBDw
I probably wouldn't even sell this one, but my hubby has refurbished an Olympic portable record player that I like even more :-)

1950s Firestone Portable Record Player


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  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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