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Fisher Price Record Player . Retro Child's Record Player. via Etsy. { I can't tell you how many times I listened to Beatlemania and the Sound of Music soundtrack on mine.}

This is funny: the reissue still has a wind-up knob, but this really serves no purpose. The thing is that the wind-up knob felt like it had a real spring inside. It makes that same click-click ratchet sound when you wind it. So I open mine up to see what made it work. Inside the record player is the entire mechanism of a wind-up music box! Rather than make something custom they just sources a bunch of ready-made wind-up music boxes just for the wind-up effect. The music box was only missing the comb (the part that makes the sounds when the tines are plucked). The melody drum was still in place. I have a bunch of music boxes, so I took the comb off of one and installed it on the FisherPrice record player wind-up knob and it played a tune. I did not recognize the melody, but music box combs often only work with a specific melody drum. Swapping the combs is like transposing some notes in a score, but not others. It still sounds musical, but it totally distorts the melody.

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    Vintage Fisher Price Record Player and 5 Discs. Good condition for age. Some wrinkling to stickers on the sides. Still plays OK. See photos for titles.
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    The other battery-powered Fisher Price record players have the same internals as this one, so if your Fisher Price #820 or Fisher Price #3814 have speed problems then you might have dirty trim-pots. If you have the AC-powered Fisher Price #825 then this won’t help. (Those players have a simple tire-driven mechanism with different sized idlers for each speed. There is no electronic speed control.)

    I didn’t have a lot of mainstream toys when I was a kid. My parents were more “use your imagination/we walked uphill barefoot both ways” types, so Lincoln Logs and plain Legos were about it. One exception was the Fisher Price Record Player Music Box, which I LOVED. Not only was I a big fan of music boxes, but this one had ten different songs (five 2-sided “records”) and a carrying slot for those records plus a handle on top, which meant that as a tiny Type A, I could take the whole shedbang with me.