We have a large collection of those black LP records that people used to listen to around the house. They haven’t been played in years but assorted people bought them, some decades ago, and loved them and it seemed churlish to dump them. There was talk of taking them to one of the stores in the N4 that specialises in vinyl and seeing what could be got for them but it never happened. I’m glad.

We stopped playing them because technology moved on and we began to collect CDs with the crystal clear sound. They were virtually indestructible and smaller and more convenient. And then we went on to downloading music. I have to say I’m not a fan. I tend to forget the music that’s on my iPhone. It rarely gets listened to. At some point in the 90s (I think) the player for the vinyl records broke. We were into CDs by then so we didn’t replace it. Then it seemed to be all but impossible to replace the turntable at all. Our vinyl records have sat there, virtually ignored ever since. So sad.

But vinyl is having a revival I’m told. And I’d begun to see turntables appearing in the shops again. I’ve been saying for a while I should get one. Last night was one of the times when I did this. So, I was passing the John Lewis store at Cheadle Royal this afternoon and I thought I’d call in and look. And I saw these turntables in these cool cases.

I did think about the bright orange one…

But went for the blue one instead…

This is what it looked like inside…

When I got it home I set it up. It took all of two minutes as opposed to the ‘download this’….’get this app’….’connect the Internet’….’set up this account’….’choose a password’ palaver you have with modern technology.

Two minutes from opening the box to listening to vintage Kate Bush! It’s the way forward…

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