Seriously, only $5. Don't even know why it was still there at 11 am! Guess it was just mine.
Plugged it in, speakers still work and it still spins. The owner showed me where the wires need to be soldered on the arm and hopefully I know a couple people who can work some magic cuz I aint no scientist.
When I asked Jim (grandson) about this record player he looked around to make sure no one was listening. He told me a girl had given it to him at 16. He got all glazey eyed (seriously) and said "Helen Ragglyn." Then he looked around cautiously one more time before he said "Don't tell my wife. Helen Ragglyn was a beautiful, elegant girl....(more starry eyed reminiscing and silence).... she gave that to me. Another boy had given it to her, see there's his name on the side....But she gave it to me.... Helen Ragglyn (smilin, eyes far away, probably in Helen's room circa 1963) ...........
Man, I love givin people's memories new life. That's gotta be why vintage is so heart warming.
I have spent many hours out in the garage sittin in a chair in front of this friend just listenin to the radio. It makes me feel like I'm in the garage with my dad and he's workin on some project while I am just happy it's the weekend and don't have to go to school :)
Headin out to the Hill country today to spend Thanksgiving with my granny. We have our Wednesday night Pie Supper to get to. Me and granny started it up about 11 years ago and we're still the only ones who really do it. Doesn't matter, I like havin a tradition with my granny :)