Cue the Christmas music...
...and bring me some
figgy pudding hot chocolate.
I recently noted I'm enjoying spinning Christmas vinyl on my early 70's Weltron 2005 record player / radio / 8 track player:
Apparently you're not supposed to say those types of things out loud, because a day or two later, guess what stopped working?
Thus began an immediate two pronged approach to solving this problem:
1) a search for a suitable replacement, which resulted in this:
An ultra cool, early 60's Philco phonograph, and since it's tube electronics, even more MCM appropriate than my Weltron turntable.
|shooting some 9 ball, listening to Elvis croon Christmas carols and watching the Lions beat Minnesota...no, really!|
Love the warm scent of tube radios, TV's and phonographs.
Happy to report enjoyment of Christmas vinyl has resumed with reckless abandon.
But that's not the serendipitous event.
Since I didn't want my Weltron to sit broken and unused, I continued my problem resolution activities with:
2) an internet search for folks who repair vintage turntables.
This is somewhat akin to searching for Bigfoot...
Not in abundance, by any means - and many of them seem to be websites only, rather than functioning businesses.
Multiple email and contact form inquiries yielded a grand total of 1 response...from someone in Tennessee who said "...we have a gigantic backlog and might be able to get to your Weltron sometime in 2023, but no guarantees; check back in January."
Into this gloomy scenario, enter my new neighbor - who moved in this summer, literally right next door.
In casual conversation I mentioned my broken Weltron, to which he quite unexpectedly replied:
"Wow, those are rare nowadays. If you like I can fix it for you."
One doubletake and a not so quick tour of his workshop later - he has over 2,000 radios, turntables and miscellaneous audio equipment, including an incredible 1954 juke box he rebuilt himself - I left my Weltron in the most capable hands in the Midwest.
And that boys and girls, is what's known as Serendipity.
|translation for the English majors among us: i 8 sum pi (and it was delicious!)|
|my daily routine at work|
|the solipsistic credo|
|a regular occurrence|
Two weeks left until the big day, so you still have plenty of time to procrastinate and then panic at the last minute...
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