Choosing A Record Player That Is Right For You
Vintage Record Player Buyers Guide
You would think that buying a vintage player would be a simple task. And for those of us that grew up with these old players, it is. But many people have never owned a vintage player, and so I want to make sure that you have all the tools and tips you need to buy the best player you can buy. That is why I have written this vintage record player buyers guide.
Parts And Accessories
The first thing you need to think about is where you can get parts for your vintage player when parts wear out. Needles and belts wear out over time.
You want to make sure that you can buy needles for your player. These are sometimes called a stylus. Make sure that you know of a convenient source to get a replacement needle for your player.
Don’t use ceramic needles. They will damage your records. Always use high-quality diamond needles.
Make sure you check to see what size of a belt your vintage player will use. Check to make sure you can easily replace the belt if it gets worn. Here is an example of a belt that can be used to replace some belts on vintage players.
Some people want a turntable while other people want the ability to listen to all types of music players in their unit. If you want more than just a vintage turntable, then make sure you get the unit that has all the players you want.
If your vintage player has a cassette player, then check and see if it has the options you want like automatic rewind and possibly a cassette recorder as well.
If you want digital music, then check and see if your vintage player comes with a CD player and CD burner. Some players will allow you to not only play CD’s but burn your music onto CDs. This is an excellent option if you want to transfer your vinyl recordings onto CDs.
Some vintage players will give you the option to play MP3 files and record MP3 files onto a flash drive or MP3 player. Once again this is a great way to extend the life of your vinyl records by recording them to a digital file.
Finally, you should think about the price. A vintage player does not have to cost an arm and a leg. You can get a great player for less than $200.00 and most units under $100.00 will satisfy the average vintage lover. Make sure you pay enough to get what you want but not so much just because you think that will be the best vintage record player. You want to save some for your vintage album collection.
If you would like to see some of the best vintage record players, take a look at our list of the finest vintage record players we could find. Or you can read our individual vintage record player reviews and informative articles like this one below.