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Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Song4uman, Dec 22, 2018.

  1. Song4uman

    Song4uman Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Here are about 30 seconds of The Christmas Song 45 played on my childhood record player. Thought some might enjoy hearing/seeing ....or maybe not.

  2. Song4uman

    Song4uman Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    It has four speed settings
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  3. lotus

    lotus Active Member

    Hi, I am a graduate of an old-school.
    Your video reminds me many things.

    Alfred Wertheimer (a photographer) once asked Elvis,
    "Why are you using this cheap record player?
    You have a good one in your home."

    Elvis answered,
    "Most of my fans listen to my record on these players.
    So, I have to make my record sounding proper on these players.
    That's why I am using this cheap record player."

    Elvis was just 21, but a real professional.
    I believe young Richard did the same thing (about 45 singles).

    There was a movie called "All Things Must Pass (2015)".
    It's not about Mr. Harrison, but about "The Rise and Fall of Tower Records".
    If you ever been there, you will enjoy this documentary movie.

    We used to listen to the LP "A Song For You".
    When the "side A" was over, we went to the bathroom.
    After that, we relaxed, and listen to the "side B".

    When we play the CD "A Song For You".
    We have no time to go to the bathroom.
    This is a big problem, but nobody seems to care...

    Anyway, I have never seen a "16 rpm" record.
    Have you ever seen that???
  4. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    I once saw some tiny records, made in about the 1920s or 30s, that were probably smaller than a CD. I wonder if they were 16rpm.
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  5. Song4uman

    Song4uman Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    I have a tiny record. It is 78. I’ll post one of these days.
  6. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    CAPS 2010 APN

    Looks like 16rpm records were mostly for talking books or used in Chrysler cars in the late 50’s.
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  7. Harry

    Harry Charter A&M Corner Member Moderator

    Herb Alpert on a 16 2/3 RPM record:

  8. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    16rpm was a speed that didn't get much use, at least after the "hi-fi" era began, because that speed was definitely "lo-fi." It was used for a lot of "educational" recordings or instances where they wanted to get a LOT of info on one record. It had all but disappeared (as did 78) from phonographs by the mid-70s.

    What's cool now is there is software that will convert a 16 or 78rpm record's sound to the correct speed. You just play your record at 33 or 45 into the software and the sound gets converted.
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  9. Chris Mills

    Chris Mills Well-Known Member

    I’m guessing that playing records in Chrysler cars was a bit of a nonstarter from the moment the ignition key was turned!
  10. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    Well apparently the only artists offered were Columbia artists, so no Elvis (and CBS was afraid people would listen to a record more than their affiliates.

    Of course I guess the 16’s were like cassettes and MP3’s.
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  11. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

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  12. I thoroughly enjoyed your :30 seconds. I loved records then and still do today. (That phonograph sounds pretty good!)
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  13. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    On today's freeways, I'd think you could play a record pretty well without it skipping. Back in THOSE days though....I wonder what the tracking pressure was?!
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  14. lotus

    lotus Active Member

    Stevie Wonder might have listened to the "16 rpm" talking book in his childhood, and named his 1972 album "Talking Book".

    Here's another article about Chrysler's Highway Hi-Fi.
    It says, there was a "16 rpm" Elvis' first album which had the sleeve stating "For Auto Use Only".
    CAPS 2010 APN
  15. Chris Mills

    Chris Mills Well-Known Member

    Music, cars and clever technology.

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