It’s not children’s fault they’re growing in a world where CDs, DVDs and cassette players have lost their worth. See the reactions of kids when they were given Sony Walkman – something we know used to be the popular device in 1980’s and early 90s.
So, what if they had a chance to play your 35-year old record player? Things can go worst. In this post, we’re going to discuss the reactions and responses of kids between 5 and 12 years when they’re given a record player.
Here are some questions observers asked kids and their interesting replies after seeing the record player. For the record, children were provided with a popular record player model which remained popular till the end of 1980’s. Fidelity HF42 Portable Record Player is a British-made turntable model which was originally introduced in 1970’s. Its portable case made it a real sensation during 70’s and 80’s. It had an integrated monophonic speaker.
Q.1 What is It? A Brief Case!
When a 5 year old kid touched this product, he yelled, “Oh it’s a briefcase!” and then he opened it with curiosity. Then he realized what it is. He guessed it right. “It’s a record player” he said. Then, he inspected it for few seconds, twisted the tone arm thoughtfully, as if it’s something he could detached. Thankfully, the tone arm did not come off.
Remember: the tone arm is the basic component used to convert the vibrations into sound energy. It has a flexible needle holder towards it’s movable end that directs the needle or stylus where to make contact with the vinyl record. It moves in arc-like motion and picks up the vibrations. Vibrations travel through the metal and wires housed inside the tone arm and go to the cartridge where conversion takes place.
Q.2 How Does it Work?
A couple of 9-year old kids saw the mechanism and said, “It looks like a device” but they couldn’t guess what it really was until they had opened it. One of them said, “It’s a record player” and explained how it works.
According to one of the boys, the turntable is used to spin the record, whereas the tone arm rests on it and picks sound. They could find the push-button to start the record player though.
A 12-year old kid recognized the record player at the first sight and said, “I have it in my home”. After removing the case, he confirmed, “O yes, this is the one!”. He explained that the record player generates sound when we place the record on the turntable and put the stylus on it. The stylus reads the spiral grooves on the vinyl record and produce sound.
Q.3 How to Play it?
Well, the 5 year old kid didn’t really know how to play it, but he identified quickly that the turntable rotates a large CD. Then he said, “I think you have a CD. Give to me so that I can play”. He was given the CD which he placed correctly and listened to the music. He put the stylus and the record started singing.
The 2 kids were given vinyl record, but they could not figure out how to start the record player. After a while they succeeded, but the speed of the song was rather fast. They could not explain why. “I think the CD is not right” one of them said.
When 12-year old ran the CD, the music was quite fast. He quickly explained why. “You need to adjust the speed. May be the record player do not support the size. I think the size is the problem right now”
Remember: Vinyl records come in three different sizes 7- 10- and 12-inch and record players can support up to three speeds 33-1/3 rpm, 45 rpm and 78 rpm. It depends upon the record player how many speeds it can offer and how many sizes of record it can accommodate.
The Vinyl Records are Delicate
5-year old liked the record player but he didn’t know that the records are delicate and they’re not meant to role like wheels. Vinyl records can get scratches and they can get damaged with mishandling.
In summary, all the kids had a nice time with the record player. They recognized it and had managed to play the record too. So, if you have a record player, let your kids play with it, but make sure they don’t break anything.