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Monday, July 30, 2012

Kenner Close & Play Phonograph

I owned one of these as a child.

They were battery operated, portable record players with motors that fluttered the audio like crazy and the needle wasn't diamond or even sapphire. But a STEEL needle that actually DUG into the 45 RPM record you were playing. My mom listened to it and asked "Why does this thing sound so bad?" and she opened it and saw the shavings the needle had done to the grooves.

Needless to say, she quickly upgraded me to a REAL record player.


  1. Believe or not, I've seen "record collectors" haul an old Close 'n' Play around to garage sales and use them to test-play old 45's before buying them. They're not only lousing up the seller's discs but shooting themselves in the can as well by grinding up what they do decide to buy!


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