- Games, Toys, and Hobbies»
- Toys for Kids
Fisher Price Record Player For Toddlers
Fisher Price Record Player - A Blast from the Past
I'm an audiophile, and one of my biggest passions is music, preferably on vinyl.
As you probably know, records are not very durable - they have to be handled with great care. I've got thousands of vinyl records and my son must've watched me lovingly take records out of their jackets I don't know how many times.
It was natural I suppose that he would want to mimic what I do so often, but I certainly didn't want him practicing on any of my valuable Blue Note albums!
I grew up with Fisher-Price toys and just about wore my Change-A-Record Music Box out. My parents tell me it's still in their attic somewhere but but I wasn't about to drag it down because I knew what poor condition it was in.
Come to think of it, maybe that Fisher Price record player was the reason I started collecting vinyl in my early teens! My parents were curious as to why I was asking about it and I told them, and quickly forgot the conversation.
Obviously they didn't. And that's when I realized you can still get the Fisher Price record player today.
And you can too, because they're available at Amazon through the link below.
Here's How I Found Out You Could Still Get This Vintage Toy
Imagine my surprise last Christmas when my son tore the wrapping off a brand-new Fisher Price record player. It looked pretty much the same as the beaten up old thing I’d had but they told me the company had actually re-released the record player, which is pretty odd in this age of iPods and MP3 players.
Of course there’s been a significant amount of upgrading to the record player. It takes batteries which mine didn’t need because it was handcranked. But it looks pretty much the same and the great thing is my son knew immediately how to operate it. Okay so London Bridge Is Falling Down will never be my favorite tune again after hearing John Coltrane, but my mother did remind me that I had played it nonstop for hours. Now it’s my turn to hear all those old nursery rhymes again and again and again.
There’s one good improvement to the Fischer Price Record player, there’s actually a compartment underneath where the five colorful disks can be stored. The old record player that I had operated completely differently to this one, I think all the tunes are stored on a chip inside the record player.
Oh well things have come a long way since 1971.
My son loves it and when I sit down to listen to a record it’s a cue for him to play all of the 10 songs that are included on his record player. He’s even figured out that if you crank it like I used to, but press one of the buttons, it plays the tune without having to put the disc on.
Now I know what my parents went through, listening to those 10 tunes for hours on end. Back in 1971 they didn’t have noise canceling wireless headphones like I do, so I have to admit that progress is a good thing and maybe my huge collection of vinyl records will be his one day.