Resurrecting the Record Album
August 25, 2008
This weekend, I mourned the years-past requisition of our record player to its lawful owners, my parents. The Living Small house is an iPod-only establishment — yes, easy on the small space (no CDs or albums to store), but a little less cush, perhaps. Records have history, and for this little Smaller, history = bonus points for both the second use and the ramifications thereof. (Liza Minelli could have touched this copy of the Cabaret soundtrack!) Sure, I could grab Liza’s belt-tastic “Maybe This Time” from iTunes. But where’s the retro fun in that?
So, today’s big Small query: Where can I get a tiny turntable? I’ve got a brick of unused 33’s loafing in my (parents’) closet. Things like Maria Muldaur and Blood on the Tracks and Zither Extravaganza! (which iTunes doesn’t have, by the way. What gives, Steve Jobs?). Not good, not good, right, clutter busters? If I’m not listening to them, and Moms and Daddy aren’t — they aren’t really zither people — shouldn’t they either get moving or get grooving? This is my Hobson’s choice: find a small-space player and devise some record storage, or let the other bizarre instrument lovers in the world get their zith on.
Any resources you can recommend for baby tables? Your attic, maybe?
Moreoever, how do you listen to your music? Are you iPod’ed out, just like us? Still listening to LP’s? A bit of both? Let’s hear it — preferably in high fidelity.