After a recent party at my house where the glass lid of my record player was smashed (someone actually tried to HIT IT to make it play, like the Fonz- hilarious to them perhaps, but little do they know that i am now sitting here struggling through tears to write a review of the third record player i have had to buy in as many months), i was forced to shop for another. Which, as a matter of fact turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
The Crosley just happens to be the best in a long, and less than illustrious, line of record player ownership. Its the first time i ever decided to buy a record player that also has a radio and a CD player as well as a record deck. A decision i stuck to as i believed a record player should be ONLY a record player. However, this turned out to be a deeply misguided ethos, as having the radio and CD players is actually a fantastic feature that i dont know how i lived with out. Sometimes, for example, a boy requires some easy listening when he cant be bothered to chose an album to listen to- this is where the radio comes in handy. Or simply that he doesnt want to listen to an entire album all the way through- which is where the CD playing capability is useful, as skipping between tracks on a record is much more laborious, sometimes having to flip the entire record over (!).
As for playing records, the Crosley is more than capable too. The sound quality is good- a aspect that many record players fall short on. Furthermore, the Crosely will play both old and new LPs and has a nifty function where the deck will stop spinning when the record has finished (auto-stop), as well as the standard thre speed settings, so 7 inch singles can be played too.
In terms of looks, as you can see from the picture, the player is great, looking like something you'd find in a period drama or on the TARDIS. Although i despise the word and its over use, the Crosby does clearly have a vintage quality to it, especially in its wooden panels and cool dial.
Also, a word for anyone for whom this record player will be their first- i highly recommend it due to its simple usability. The fact that it can play new vinyl is great too, as many older record player cannot. This makes it easy to keep your listening up to date, i recommend the spice girls, who are so hot right now.
To summise, i think this record player is a great buy, easily the best ive owned.
Tip for boys: Girls will really like it. It shows your all indie and sensitive, or whatever.