REMEMBERING CHAUNCEY STREET 11.Music by Pat Aronica
Our family c. 1945.
Our first record player was a wooden box
affair, with a handle on the side. This handle was turned and turned, spinning
the disk inside the box onto which a record was placed. In the box, on a pivot,
there was an arm that held a playing needle. We swung the arm out and down
until the needle touched the record, and then let go of the arm. The music
began to play. Eventually, there were record players that used electricity to
spin the records and move the arm. Years later, there were record players that
held multiple records that automatically dropped down when the previous record
was finished. Then came Hi Fidelity players. The sound was much improved, but
they were based on the same principle as the original players. Then some genius
came along and started recording music on tapes. For this to work, you had to
have a tape player. Soon after that came portable, battery-operated tape
players. Then came ear phones, etc. Now there are iPads and iPhones etc. But
none of that existed when we lived on Chauncey St.