Rheem Califone 1430B

Rheem Califone 1430b 4-speed record player at Bahoukas AntiquesWe have another great record player to add to our list. If you’re following the trend, you may be interested in this gem. It’s a 4-speed phonograph player that was principally used in schools! That’s right – 4 speed – 33-45-78 and 16 rpms!!! And George has a 16 rpm record available!

It still works and came out of McCormick Elementary School in Baltimore County. Amazingly, this company, found in 1947, still exists. Here’s a bit of info from their website:

Califone International History

Califone® International, Inc. has been a leader since 1947 in the design, development and manufacturing of audio/visual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education and presentation settings. Simply stated, Califone is your powerful sound presentation solutions provider!…

Since its inception in 1946 as the educational products division of Robert Metzner’s Roberts Electronics – which manufactured state-of-the-art consumer audio components and, was the first U.S. company to offer a reel-to-reel tape recorder and solid state radio tuners to the general public – Califone has been on the leading edge of technology for educational applications. Over the years, Califone has received many engineering design patents for product innovations.

That’s pretty amazing. It also gives you an idea of the quality of their units.

In this article from 2015, we get a bit of insight as to why vinyl has found a new audience with millennials!

In an increasingly digital age, vinyl records can provide a deeper, tactile connection to music that resonates with some of the biggest fans,” said Friedlander, the association’s senior vice president of strategic data analysis.

So here’s an opportunity to add a fine vintage, working turntable to your shelf! Stop in and see what’s available in both record players and albums! See you soon!

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