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for instance I've just found out that automatic record changers fitted to gramophones and radiograms pre ww11 and very popular from the early 50's through to the 80's were invented by a Mr. Eric Waterworth in Hobart here in Australia in 1925. The company that manufactured it soon went broke and it went to the USA and was introduced there in 1927.
The reason for my interest is that when I started work in Jan.1950 as an improver radio/TV technician it soon became noted that I had "natural" mechanical ability so, at the tender age of 16 all things mechanical were given to me to repair, including the recently introduced reel to reel tape recorders, some using magnetically coated paper tape. Over the years both in England and here in Australia I've probably handled every make and model ever produced, from incredibly complex like some of the Garrards to the most basic and popular BSR (Birmingham Sound Reproducers) including the American Stromberg Carlson's.
Sorry for boring you! (I'm not really)

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Boy, you brought back some wonderful memories when you mentioned Garrard!
Thanks. I'm still basking in the glow, remembering the smoothness......Oh, yeah the turnable was flawless, too.

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When you say turntables Gene,were you referring to the 301 and 401 transcription T/T's, they were perhaps not the ultimate, but were good performers at a reasonable price, in 1959 the 301 sold for 19 or an extra 1 3s 6d for the addition of the stroboscope around the edge of the platter. There was also the 4HF with combined tone arm. Happy days!

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hey Harry

If I read it right he was remembering what was happening while it was working !

Not having to get up every few moments to change a 45rpm made life much better!
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Harry, one thing you did not mention is the metric system but the USA did come within one vote in the US senate of initiating developing a decimal-based system of measurements.

From you recent very prolific activity on the forum, I am wondering if you have too much time on your hands (but us forum members are benefitting greatly from your contributions)

It is so good to see you recovering so well.

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Harry, one thing you did not mention is the metric system but the USA did come within one vote in the US senate of initiating developing a decimal-based system of measurements.

From you recent very prolific activity on the forum, I am wondering if you have too much time on your hands (but us forum members are benefitting greatly from your contributions)

It is so good to see you recovering so well.
It's good to hear from you Tom, I do hope that absences from the forum haven't been because of your health problems.
You are spot on regarding "prolific" posting, my own health problems have prevented me from getting the wheels turning in the shed so more time to use my large wooden spoon! Once I've recovered after having the stents fitted (26th of this month), I hope to resume normal service with lots of projects all complete with detailed photo shoots, enabling the most inexperienced member to have a go.

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Turntable? What's that?

I'm only kidding. Sure, I'm just a kid compared to some of you more "seasoned" folks, but I listened to 45's and 78's when I was a kid, too.

If you're interested, I'm 35. If you're not interested...well, I'm still 35.
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Turntable? What's that?

I'm only kidding. Sure, I'm just a kid compared to some of you more "seasoned" folks, but I listened to 45's and 78's when I was a kid, too.

If you're interested, I'm 35. If you're not interested...well, I'm still 35.
Hi Adam, right behind me where I'm sitting is my current turntable, a vertical Mitsubishi, connected to an amplifier and speakers, but I must confess that I haven't had a disc on it for at least five years. My wife regularly says things like "what are you going to do with this", pointing to the T/T.

I just cant bring myself to put it out with the rubbish. If anyone reading this has a use for it and can collect it, it's yours for the taking.

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It's good to hear from you Tom, I do hope that absences from the forum haven't been because of your health problems.
You are spot on regarding "prolific" posting, my own health problems have prevented me from getting the wheels turning in the shed so more time to use my large wooden spoon! Once I've recovered after having the stents fitted (26th of this month), I hope to resume normal service with lots of projects all complete with detailed photo shoots, enabling the most inexperienced member to have a go.
Harry, I along with many others are fervently hoping for the best for you on the 26th. I know we will be eager to learn that it went well.

My activity on the forum has been reduced lately because I have a very heavy workload this fall. In addition my wife suffered a physical (at least not mental) breakdown that greatly disrupted my life. She managed to get a reduced workload and so has fully recovered. I am still recovering from the after effects of the enforced summer in bed. Right now I am fighting a viral sore throat, and hoping that the students heed the directive to stay home if they feel ill. While there have been only a few cases of H1N1, there are other things going around that keep people out for many days. My town's elementary school has had daily absences numbering in the hundreds out of about 800.

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I'm really saddened Tom to hear of your ongoing health problems and for your wife to have a breakdown is simply not fair. I'm not a religious man Tom, and when I hear of people like you and your wife It reinforces what I think, if there really is a God, how could He allow such things to happen to clean living people like yourself who is doing his best to educate a future generation. This may shock many members who hold strong religious beliefs but as always, I tell it as it is. I do hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel Tom.

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