In the Quelle Simonetta thread Classicsat was talking about record players with an idler wheel that touches the record. That reminded me of the weirdest record player I've ever seen. My Sharp Mini Stereophono.
It starts innocent enough, looking like an ordinary portable radio.
Then you flip over the handle and turn out a foot.
And now... Suprise! As you open what appears to be the back cover you discover it's the world's smallest record player that takes LPs! You can see the 2 black idler wheels for 33 and 45 rpm.
And that's what it looks like with a record.
For playing you have to close the lid though, because there's another wheel in the cover that presses the record down on the idler wheel. The small brick is the power supply. Weird, eh?
The weirdest thing about that beast: The radio part goes down to 86,5Mhz FM! All other radios I've seen start at 87.5. However, police radio doesn't seem to be on that frequency any more... I can't get anything below Radio Stephansdom (St. Stephens Cathedral radio, a catholic station that mostly plays classical music, and @something like 88 Mhz the lowest regular station on the scale).
#140790 - 05/04/0410:47 AMRe: And yet another record player thread...
The weirdest player I ever saw was a novelty item some years back in the shape of a model car which just rode around the record which you placed on a flat surface. Hardly hi-fi, and I hate to think what it did to any record unlucky enough to be played that way!
Re the FM band, British police used to use the section just above 100MHz, as our original broadcast allocation wasn't extended right up to 108MHz until the 1980s.
The section just below 88MHz is low-band PMR (Private Mobile Radio), commonly used by breakdown and utility vehicles, etc.
In the U.S., the sound carrier for TV channel 6 is immediately below the FM broadcast band, and can be received on some sets.
#140791 - 05/04/0402:53 PMRe: And yet another record player thread...
Nearby Germany... it's a 3-hour car trip to get there. Yeah, of course we got Conrad Electronics, a large chain, and lots of small electronics parts stores as well. I was thinking about the caps too. Looks like it's time to learn soldering on a few scrap boards... and get a good soldering iron (one that can be used for electronics work - not my 1930ies 85W one with a heavy wood handle ) Or find someone who does the job for me. Getting new caps shouldn't be any problem.
#140794 - 05/05/0411:16 AMRe: And yet another record player thread...
The Japanese FM radio band stretches from 76 to 92. The rest is used for TV audio for channels 1, 2 and 3.
Below the Japanese FM band is the Eastern European FM band....which goes down to like 66-something Megahertz.
Here is a Japanese FM radio from WA2ISE:
Here is a Eastern European FM radio from WA2ISE also:
In most NTSC countries (with the exception of Japan), the range below 88 FM is used for TV channels 2, 3, 4 and 5. So on the Japanese radio you will find TV channel 5 and TV channel 2 or 3 audio on the E.E. set.