Vinyl has been exploding as a collector’s medium over the last decade; at this point, indie bands put out their records in vinyl special editions simply as a matter of course. And thanks to advances in dyes and printing technology, there are some absolutely beautiful vinyl records out there. But when you’re playing these works of art, it’s hard to show off the visual component. Unless, of course, you happen to have a Gramovox Flying Record.
The Gramovox Flying Record is… well, it’s all there in the title. Instead of laying your record flat on the turntable, you mount the record on the spindle vertically. Lay down, er, lay up? Anyway, put needle (an Audio-Technica AT95E) to record, and then get it started. It’ll play back the record through its internal stereo speakers, or if you’d prefer to put your own speakers into play, there’s RCA outs.
The base is maple and walnut, and switching speeds is easy; just put the belt on the right part of the dial for 33 1/3 or 45 RPM.
Records In Flight
Now, granted, this is for those who not only love vinyl, but love vinyl enough to buy a $350 turntable to show off their records as they play them. But if that happens to be you, the Flying Record is a unique and clever way to show off your records while playing them like they deserve to be. And, hey, if nothing else, it’ll make your music an excellent conversation piece.