Record players — or turntables or LP players, or just pain vinyl, depending on your nomenclature preference — are absolutely remarkable — beautiful, even! — pieces of mechanical engineering, an appreciation I failed to grasp as a child, but something I absolutely lust over now that I understand how they work. Not only that, but they are arguably one of the more important (cultural) inventions of the past 150 years: the ability to bring music — effectively, the sound of culture — into the household, without the need to lug around things like people and instruments, was an immensely profound accomplishment.
This is the story of why I decided to buy a record player, and why all entrepreneurs should buy one too. And no, it’s not why you think.