In the 80s, a portable record player was cutting edge

Andy Merrett Gadgets 2 Comments

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New Launches has dug up some technology which was cutting edge for 1983. Mister Disc is a personal, portable record player system which allows you, with only a little bit of fiddling, to play standard 331/3 and 45 rpm records on the move.

It’s meant for playing on a level surface, out of direct sunlight, but it would’ve been rather cumbersome to get on the train or Tube with. Ahh, how times have evolved – even a CD player seems bulky now we’re into nano-sized MP3 players.

Having said that, I saw someone using a full-sized turntable on the train last year (using, not just carrying) so perhaps, somewhere, there’s still a tiny market for it. So long as it’s never used during the rush hour.

Availability is scarce – in fact it was barely a common item when it was launched. Check out the coffee-stained instruction manual which came with it. Awesome.

(Via New Launches)

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By Andy Merrett | September 25th, 2007





  • http://www.retrotogo.com David Walker

    This is a very well-known item, more commonly known as the Sound Burger (due to the burger-like shape) and beloved of vinyl dealers at car boots, charity shops and record fairs.

    They do turn up on eBay in near mint condition regularly, but always at a price – around £200. Saying that, with so many portable record decks now new to the market, prices may not go up much further. Think these were featured on Retro To Go some time back.

  • http://www.retrotogo.com David Walker

    This is a very well-known item, more commonly known as the Sound Burger (due to the burger-like shape) and beloved of vinyl dealers at car boots, charity shops and record fairs.

    They do turn up on eBay in near mint condition regularly, but always at a price – around £200. Saying that, with so many portable record decks now new to the market, prices may not go up much further. Think these were featured on Retro To Go some time back.