Dust Bin DIY Turntable
posted by May 11 at 9:25 AMon
Looking for a weekend project? Last year, I found out about the CardTalk record player while watching The Tailenders, a documentary about the Global Recordings Network’s use of low-tech, self-powered playback devices for Christian missionary activity. An ingeniously folded piece of cardboard plus a crude needle and presto, a DIY turntable!
The DIY turntable is another argument for the pro-vinyl crowd. Unlike magnetic tape, compact discs, and software-dependent players (iPod and personal computer), vinyl playback is an easily reverse-engineered post-Apocalypse technology and perhaps more durable, too. Tape remains vulnerable to strong magnetic fields, oxide shedding, and adhesive deterioration (such as Sticky Shed Syndrome).
The compact disc seems likely to last despite some kvetching by klutzes; though a brilliant invention, the playback and storage parameters of the CD seem profoundly counterintuitive; the inscribing act of vinyl cutting is closer to sculpting, carving, and writing than digital playback’s finely honed clocking of zeros and ones. Also, the much narrower data track of the DVD renders discs even more vulnerable to stray scratches and other accidental damage.
Of course, vinyl has limits too.