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Did you know the Science and Technology collection at National Museums Scotland features some beautiful old gramophone players? Explore the history of the classic record player on this vintage board.
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Record turntable, Sondek LP12 with S.M.E. 3009 improved tonearm and Ortofon M20E super cartridge, by Linn, Scotland, c. 1972.

Record turntable, Sondek LP12 with S.M.E. 3009 improved tonearm and Ortofon M20E super cartridge, by Linn, Scotland, c. 1972.

Record of bagpipe music, in outer sleeve, entitled 'Scotch Pipings piped by the Glencoe Highlanders', including marches, airs, dance tunes and medleys, produced by Imperial Records Inc., USA, 1960s.

Record of bagpipe music, in outer sleeve, entitled 'Scotch Pipings piped by the Glencoe Highlanders', including marches, airs, dance tunes and medleys, produced by Imperial Records Inc., USA, 1960s.

Pilot stereo record player model RPS 250 with a B.S.R. auto-changing deck.

Pilot stereo record player model RPS 250 with a B.S.R. auto-changing deck.

Portable record player, Dansette Major.

Portable record player, Dansette Major.

Stereo record player, Pye 'Achoic' stereophonic projection system, sold in America as CBS model 360, made by Pye Ltd of Cambridge, c. 1964.

Stereo record player, Pye 'Achoic' stereophonic projection system, sold in America as CBS model 360, made by Pye Ltd of Cambridge, c. 1964.

Portable stereo record player made in Japan for the Singer Company.

Portable stereo record player made in Japan for the Singer Company.

Long-playing disc record, Edison, hill-and-dale and double-sided, with orchestral and woodwind playing on both sides, 1926.

Long-playing disc record, Edison, hill-and-dale and double-sided, with orchestral and woodwind playing on both sides, 1926.

Record player by R.C.A. Victor, with a three-valve amplifier, a loudspeaker and an autochanger, introduced to launch 7 inch 45 r.p.m. records in 1948.

Record player by R.C.A. Victor, with a three-valve amplifier, a loudspeaker and an autochanger, introduced to launch 7 inch 45 r.p.m. records in 1948.

Gramophone record, 78 rpm, of multicoloured vinyl with original paper sleeve, with songs 'He's Got the Whole World in His Hands' and 'Abide with Me' played by the Cricketone Orchestra and Chorus recorded in 1961, by Pickwick Records, England, c. 1962.

Gramophone record, 78 rpm, of multicoloured vinyl with original paper sleeve, with songs 'He's Got the Whole World in His Hands' and 'Abide with Me' played by the Cricketone Orchestra and Chorus recorded in 1961, by Pickwick Records, England, c. 1962.

Gramophone by H.M.V., hand-driven early pattern.

Gramophone by H.M.V., hand-driven early pattern.

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