Last week we bought ourselves an early Christmas present. Like many folks of our age, we have a collection of old vinyl records...some we purchased but many our parents owned. There are a good many Christmas ones, with lots of good music that is no longer available in any other format. For several years I have longed to be able to play this music. We do have a 35 year-old record player, but many things went wrong. First came the Christmas when I inadvertently left the player on and the needle was worn out by morning. It was a good deal of work to find a replacement on line. Then when the replacement came, it was only to find that the turntable no longer turned in the right timing. It was determined to be a worn-out belt. All that to say that for many Christmas's we have not been able to hear our records.
This year I noticed that our local Fred Meyer had a good selection of record players for about $100 on sale. Then last week I noted that these 'on sale' prices had dropped another 50%. After picking each up to see if it was compatible with our older speakers, we found one was. And that one came home with us for $49, cheaper than replacing the belt.
Every day I have been enjoying the lively and beautiful music coming from this record player. I haven't even put on a CD since we got it. There is a complete older version of the Messiah, sung by a London choir and accompanied by the London orchestra that is quite wonderful.