Dansette portable record player (1965)
Every time I look at the condition of records released in the mid sixties I am reminded of what we used to play them on. A marvel of technology in its day and my pride and joy, perfect to take to parties or impromptu record playing sessions, the Dansette - with its robotic-action labour-saving autochanger. That smart red lid, and the yellowish plastic grille, and carrying handle on the side. Volume control and bass/treble control as I recall on the front grille, so you could crank it up really loud, this was unquestionably important life-changing accessory to any Sixties teenager, as much as any ipod or ipad today.
Climbing the HiFi hill
The Dansette was replaced by a Ferguson stereo portable record player in 1967, and somewhere in the early 70′s a Garrard turntable with autochanger – with the all important dust-bug and an Armstrong amplifier, hifi purchased from long-disappeared Laskys - hifi for the masses.
In 2005 out went everything in the giant leap to the system as it looks today, the three-legged Avid Volvere Sequel
but it all started with the Dansette.