Way, way back in the day, I had a portable record player. I’m pretty sure it was purchased at Simpson-Sears sometime in the very early 70s.
It was in a hideous green case made of wood with a cloth speaker grill on the front. It had two controls: on/off/volume and “tone” instead of separate bass and treble controls. It coupld play any record: 33 1/3, 45, 78–even 16 2/3 when there were such things.
In an era when my parents (or the parents of any of my friends) didn’t have a proper stereo–unless we’re talking about this hulking “console stereos” with brand names like Viking that were more furniture than electronics device–this thing was a godsend. I hauled this thing everywhere until it finally gave out.
This explains the blast of nostalgia I felt when I ran across this little thing: a decent portable turntable with a USB connection and a rechargable lithium battery, all contained in a stylish little briefcase. And it’s only $100.