Tourne le disque

Tourneledisque dreht sich um alte Dinger die Musik machen.

Die Idee ist ganz simpel: In Brockenhaeusern, auf Ebay und Ricardo, bei Hausraeumungen und ehemaligen Audiofachgeschaeften stoebern, suchen und grossartige Plattenspieler des vergangenen Jahrhunderts zusammentragen. Der zweite Teil meiner Aufgabe ist ungleich schwieriger: das Gefundene an die richtigen Leute zu bringen, die genauso wie ich das Kratzen der Nadel und den Staub aus alten Tagen lieben.

Platten sind da, um gehoert zu werden und dafuer braucht man wohl oder uebel auch das richtige Geraet. Um euch diese Huerde zu nehmen ... und dies auf moeglichst geschmackvolle Art ... finde ich die Spieler, die ihr sonst nur schwierig kriegt. Zwar sind diese Fundstuecke meist schon mehrere Jahrzehnte, wenn nicht gar mehr als ein halbes Jahrhundert alt und haben die eine oder andere Delle, jedoch gehoert das mit zum Spiel, wenn man sich auf die Vergangenheit einlaesst.

Ihr duerft mir Wunschlisten schicken, Defektes zusenden oder auch einfach auf einen Kaffee vorbeikommen und euch selbst ein Bild machen. Ich kann zwar weder alles flicken noch jedes Modell beschaffen, aber ich kenne Leute, die Leute kennen ... und irgendeiner wird dann schon Bescheid wissen.


Chicken salad and some patience

Who does not know this guy? I have seen Ozanii many times in St. Gallen before we «officially» introduced each other in my living room. Already his visual appearance is remarkable, not to speak of all his project and weird ideas. Whenever there is a great party going on, when local artists sell their stuff at the «Cash for Trash» market in St. Gallen, or even in Zürich at the legendary «Zitrone» or just around the corner - this guy seems to be everywhere.

Anyway, before Ozanii entered the front door of my apartment I could not have told you much about the guy with an impressive amount of hair and a very particular style of clothing, even though we are studying at the same University. All I would have told you, would just have been superficial things I heard here and there - rumors, or what I read somewhere on Facebook or on a blog.

Nevertheless, a couple of days before our meeting, he revealed me the reason for his wish to purchase a record player. After a few words Ozanii came straight to the point «Now that I’m the proud owner of a Testpress of Sankt Göran’s newest EP it’s getting serious. I am in urgent need of a record player». In order to be sure of what he should buy, Ozanii brought his records along. Mainly electronic music. And that’s how it works: you should always profoundly test what you buy, especially when it is a vintage item. The following lines are proof of this!

Throughout the afternoon we tried a few players until we once again ended up in the dual section. This time the lucky one was a white lacquered«H52». To give you more than numbers, we are talking about a late 1960s tube-amplified portable record player out of german production. Compared to its bigger brother the P55 looks much more extravagant.

However, half a year before I sold the same record player to a mom and her daughter. They wanted it as a christmas gift for daddy. So far so good. Daddy was damn happy about his gift but nevertheless brought it back a few days later as there was a gentle noise coming out of the drive. What a pity I thought. Now in July Ozanii immediately fell in love with the same H52. So we put all kind of records on it, in order to give Ozanii a good feeling about what he was going to buy. As in my record collection electronic music is not the main section I had to dig deep before choosing a few adequate test objects. Then I took out two records in order to convince Ozanii: number one was by the Californian band «Rhye« and number two was the actual LP of «Austra». And they did their job well. Both records blew Ozanii’s mind like they had blown mine before. Rhye’s music feels deeply intimate. Beats, basslines, and singer Milosh’s voice are at the center of nearly all of their tracks. Their debut album «Woman» is just wonderful.

Then suddenly we were disturbed in our euphoria. Out of nothing the same noise that appeared half a year before could suddenly be heard again. A few seconds we wondered about it, then I took my screwdriver and opened the record player. Together we were thinking about where the noise could come from. We applied some oil, checked some mechanic parts and then found the source of the problem. A few parts needed to be cleaned with alcohol and that was it. Glad of having resolved the problem and proud of my technical skills I took a deep breath enjoying the moment. But in the moment when all the screws were in again and we were eager for some more great tunes the record player didn’t work anymore. What a debacle! I did not feel well at all and started to open the record player again. Four, five times I tried to fix it without success. Ozanii was waiting next to me and after some time of useless efforts calmed me down.

Instead of getting nervous or just leaving he offered me to cook something while I tried to get the job done. So our rendez-vous did not end before four hours passed by. In the meanwhile I was able to fix the record player after minutes of trying and guessing. Together we enjoyed a great spicy chicken salad before Ozanii left with his new baby.
You cannot imagine how glad I was that in the end everything worked well. And now I know for sure - Ozanii is a great dude. If you want to get to know him check out his homepage But just one last thing: I cannot promise that he will cook for you!

The right thing for a record junkie

Julius definitively is a record geek! Each time he comes to St.Gallen for a visit you can be sure he asks for special opening hours at the local record store … especially on sundays. But also beyond his record-passion music seems to be of particular importance to that young fellow from Lucern: One day he is killing ears with the garage punk band «Shady and The Vamp», the next one he goes for the Power Pop lane with «King Gin Club» or hits the road with the country devils from «Ophelia’s Iron Vest». I am not sure what Julius is doing besides all that music stuff, but I am sure he is on the right track.

(photo courtesy of Photörhead;

Until today I have never seen Julius’ record collection, but I heard that he is treating his 45’s and LPs like holy treasures. Moreover he often times even knows the musicians of very obscure and unknown bands, something I probably will never manage to do. I partially owe my love for rare records of the Italian 60s to the blonde guy from central Switzerland. Whenever you have time and money you should check out the great music of bands like «I Ribelli», «I Nomadi», «Little Tony» and their fellow-musicians.

Before we found the right record player for Julius we had to make several appointments. Somehow he always wanted those players that were meant for my personal use. Hence I had to find him an equivalent playing device like mine. As for Julius the sound quality and the safety of his records (he does not want to destroy them with broken needles) were the major determining factors of his buying choice, we did not primarily focus on visual aspects. It was clear to me from the beginning on that we needed a record player with a strong amplifier and the possibility to modify lows and highs in order to get the best possible sound.

The choice fell on a late 1970s record player by the well-known german company «Dual» in St. Georgen/Schwarzwald. It’s the first time I ever sold the model «P80». In fact it is the continuation of the bestselling »P50s« series from the beat era. Like its antecessors the P80 is quite a massive and heavy record player that requires some space to be installed. Compared to older models it has more plastic parts what reflects the period when it came on the market. However, the best thing about the P80 is that one can install it in a few seconds, take it everywhere without relying on a car and that the sound it produces is loud and good enough to even do some DJ-ing. With two of these machines you could do an allnighter at your flat and get famous for the best parties in town.

From the 1960s on Dual was the domestic market leader in the production of record players. That is probably a main reason why you find dual record players in all kind of stereo systems of that time (by companies such as «Grundig», «Saba» or «Wega»). The P80 was introduced in a period when the market environment was characterized by strong pressure from asian companies. A few years later in the early 1980s the decline of the german hifi-giant peaked in its insolvency. In the decades to come the brand «Dual« was sold from one company to another. Despite these years of wandering today it still exists and there is even about a dozen of record players being produced today in the digital age.

Trust «Lucio Battisti»

I know Philipp for quite some time already. One afternoon when he visited me to have a coffee, he had something special on his mind. In fact he was searching a gift for a girl. So far nothing new… he is not the first one passing by for that reason. But first a few words about Philipp: In the area of St.Gallen he is known for his capabilities as a bartender. You should really have a look on his homepage ( Philipp’s very spontaneous way of being and his positive nature made it a very pleasant afternoon when we were looking for «the right gift» for a girl.

And, what could be a better gift than a stylish record player. Right: A stylish record player and the right music to play on it. Imagine the moment when your beloved one unpacks her birthday present, starts to smile after she has spotted whats inside and then her facial expression changing to disappointment when she realizes that you have nothing else around than a couple of snotty Punk records. I am sure you don’t want to find yourself in such a situation. Hence a major task of that afternoon’s undertaking focused on the selection of music that should later on accompany the record player.

But first the player: We set the focus on a small device not taking too much space in a flat, possessing a simple but chic design and having a decent sound quality. The small «Phonoboy» manufactured by the legendary Swiss hifi-company »Lenco« soon turned out to be the accurate choice for Philipp’s purpose. A simple and minimalistic design give it a very modern look. At the heart of it’s visual appearance is the particularly sober swiss-style typography. Moreover, the «Phonoboy’s» heavily worn surface shows off a great Patina and reflects the records player warm and gentle sound. The 1960s tube amplifier results in a specific tone quality you cannot achieve with a 2010s I-Pod. Such a record player has a history to tell visually as well as sound wise. The Phonoboy fits in a large variety of surroundings; be it an apartment equipped with vintage classics or a very sparingly furnished modern living room. That’s because it does not compete with other pieces of furniture like a 70s plastic record player probably would. Rather it has a very sober aesthetic character. It’s simple grey color results in a low-key appearance that is compatible with many different styles of interior design.

The choice of gear was made fast. Hence we could go over to the crucial task: sound selection. In a short conversation Philipp gave me all the facts I needed to know. You can ask yourself. Which music would you chose for such a situation? I mean, if it is too pathetic you might find yourself in a moment of embarrassing silence. And if its too massive or too »clubby« you probably destroy the magic atmosphere you invested so much energy to achieve. For me it was kind of logical reasoning. In fact there is only one particular name that crossed my mind that afternoon: «Lucio Battisti», the one and only Italian singer you absolutely need to make part of your record collection. I didn’t need to engage in convincing, Philipp was trapped after a handful of seconds of Battisti’s «Ancora Tu». Exhausted, now that all the important choices were made, we went over to coffee again and relaxed. No wonder: With such a great combination one can be certain!

A gift - to myself

Looch Lesa

This October a message from Looch, a friend from Bordeaux, landed in my mailbox. He wanted to know if I have a “Mangiadischi” (record eater) for sale. – Of course I had ;-) The idea was to make a gift for a little girl – combined with a couple of 45s of Looch’s band.

For those who do not know Looch: He passes by St. Gallen on a regular basis. About once a year if everything is normal. If you are attentive you might even have spotted him on the streets of St. Gallen. With his bands MAGNETIX and COMPLICATIONS he already made it about ten times to Eastern Switzerland in order to hit the stage.



On the day of his latest show in St. Gallen Looch visited us for a coffee in order to choose a “mangiadischi” that would make a good gift.  In my collection there are currently about 5 pieces that work properly. What they have in common is that they are all made of plastic and look a bit like toys.

That day all members of Looch’s band (COMPLICATIONS) were present and stood around the big wooden table on which I normally outlay the record players for my customers. To give you an idea: Complications make garage music. Rock’n’roll with lots of fuzz and tremolo. Wild and loud, very loud music. Hence it seemed a bit funny to sell a small toy-like record player to such a bunch of guys.

As testing device we took a 45 by THE WHO. Because most of you are probably not familiar with “record eaters”, I will provide a small illustration. A record eater is a record player one can only use for singles (7’). It resembles a car CD-player. There is a slit to push the record in. In most cases record eaters are battery powered. The logic is easy: You take a single (Important: only those with big holes work with mangiadischis) and push it into the slit on the frontside of the mangiadischi. If you are lucky and if everything is ok the record player then will start to play automatically. That’s it. Figuratively spoken you feed the mangiadischi with records.

Lesa Moody 2

When “My Generation” by The Who came out of the small loudspeakers in an unexpected loudness apparently everybody in the room was astonished. Incredible what a power and volume this little cute machines are able to release with the help of just a few batteries. Suddenly Looch’s intention seemed to change. You know – It’s easy to fall in love with a record eater if you are into collecting vinyl. In the end he bought a yellow Italian-made LESA. I do not know what happened to it – Maybe it found its new home in a child’s room. More probably – I guess – it is still on Looch’s record shelf.


The narrowness of space

Maria & Antonio

A very common problem of people who approach me is the one of space – or more specific the problem of the narrowness of space in flat shares. This time Maria and Antonio visited me.

In the flat Maria is sharing there was actually no record player available. Having only one room for her, a sophisticated and fancy stereo system with high fidelity record player was no option at all. Additionally you don’t want a cable tangle but a simple solution when you posses not much more than a dozen of square meters.

 PE Swing 1

From a large palette of possible models the choice was made fast. The PE (Perpetuum Ebner) Swing literally bristles with cuteness. It is a child of the 1970s primarily made of plastic. With its very small size and very low weight the Swing is a great companion to hit the road and go for a party. The record player possesses a transistor amplifier and can be combined with two external loudspeakers.

 PE Swing 2

Perpetum Ebner’s roots can be traced back to the German Audio giant Dual. The history of both is connected with a family called Steidinger. In the early 20th century two brothers of the Steidinger family started a business for fine mechanics. After a few years they split up and the older brother engaged in a new enterprise called “Perpetuum”. Soon the younger brother established his own brand called “Dual”. After decades of severe competition between the two companies Dual finally bought the almost bankrupt company in 1971. Nevertheless the brand PE was retained. Accordingly the PE Swing was a product of the transition period of the Dual takeover.

PE Swing 3

Here an advertisement of 1972:

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Record Release Picnic


If once summer really hits Switzerland, there are many reasons to enjoy. This year a particular one was the unique record release party the electro duo TIM & PUMA MIMI put up this week in Zürich.

TIM & PUMA MIMI ( are known for many things. However, I did not know them at all when Christian (Tim) showed up at my apartment with a friend. To introduce his band he just said, “we are the ones who get out electro sounds of cucumbers.” WTF I thought, but have a look on your own - its incredible!: Three months later after some reading and listening I realized that this explanation was far too modest. Tim & Puma Mimi have been playing liveshows around the globe for several years already using their «electrified cucumber» (also called frutilizer) and are responsible for the invention of the so-called “Skype-concert”.


As they needed a portable record player for their fabulous record release picnic Christian visited me this spring. On the “Josefswiese” in Zürich they planned to celebrate their first vinyl LP “Don’t mess around with Tim & Puma Mimi” with friends, fans and whoever would pass by under the warm sun in the grass. And so it did happen. As the photos show - it has been amazing!!!


When we tried the record player Christian chose, I took a record out of my collection without thinking too much. It was “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by the Beatles. A few seconds later it turned out that this was Christian first record ever. What a nice coincidence!

The portable “Electrophone” 270 was the follow-up of the legendary “Playboy” GF 423 and was introduced into the german market in 1978. It can be used with batteries as well as by plugging it into a power outlet. The great spacy 70s design was insofar interesting as that it was based on a folding mechanism. With the 270 you can listen to 45’s as well as to LP or singles with 33 1/3 rpm. The volume is continuously adjustable and the speakers are strong enough to start a party in every place around the globe.


The reason for the success of the entire Philips plastic portable record player sortiment probably lied in the extreme small weight of the devices in combination with their high quality and a timeless modern design. Wonderful features of the Electrophone 270 are the retractable handle and its folding mechanism.

"Tim & Puma Mimi" proved the outdoor suitability of tourneledisque’s turntables. May they have fun with their newest analogue device for many years!






Tourneledisque goes Reel-to-Reel


There was a time when some of the best hifi-products came out of Switzerland. Brands like Thorens, Lenco and especially Studer/Revox stand for decades where there was no need for importation from abroad. Today the flagships of these enterprises from the 1960s and 1970s can be purchased for relatively little money. And what you can get out of these devices can be surprisingly crazy.


Lukas contacted me because somehow he found out that I had a few Revox Reel-to-Reel recorders at home. After several months of waiting – I was quite busy and the machines needed to be fixed – we finally met. Such Reel-to-Reel machines can be used in manifold ways. Lukas mainly wanted it in order to give a certain warmer quality to the already digitally recorded songs of his band. To test the machine we directly plugged in an electric guitar, played some chords, listened to them and both were surprised by the fullness of the sound. …and the machine was sold. In fact before digital recording took hold, magnetic tape was the popular choice for recording audio.


I myself did my first analogue recordings a few weeks ago with the British garage band THEE MVP’s. As they where in my hometown for a show we used the time for bringing a few songs onto tape. Without much experience and only two hours time I started this endeavour. I sloppily connected the Revox A77 tape machine to a mixing desk an installed some microphones - done. The result blew my mind. Far from being perfect it was ways better than anything I had recorded before. It stroke me that without any reworking the quality of sound of the recordings was already great.


The A77 indeed is a spectacular sounding piece of recording history. Known for being hand-made in Switzerland and thereby associated with high-quality the Revox tape machines are precision audiophile units engineered to the highest specifications in the industry at that time.

The company Studer/Revox was founded in 1948 by Willi Studer in Herisau, a rather rural smalltown in eastern Switzerland. Honestly said, I can hardly believe that this town – or shall I say village - in the 1940s was the origin of something so innovative like Revox. However, first Studer/Revox produced and distributed tape recorders under the name Dynavox. In fact the company was among the first that engaged in the development of tape recorders. Soon after starting Studer/Revox from the 1960s on had been dominating the sector of professional music recording. For instance the path-breaking Sergeant Pepper Beatles album was recorded in Abbey Road  Studios on a Studer machine.


The model purchased by Lukas – the A77  - was the most successful serie of devices ever produced by Studer/Revox. It was introduced in 1967 with a list price of around $500. Being one of the most often buyed reel-to-reel machine ever the A77 is conceptualized for the use at home. From its introduction on, the A77 had been sold as part of an integrated stereo system made of a FM-Tuner, a stereo amplifier and the tape machine itself. The A77 was built to such exacting standards and with so many options, however, that it crossed over from home-users to pros and was embraced by broadcast and recording engineers soon. One can say that the A77 set the standard of the late 1960s in the home/semi-professional recording sector. This explains why it was produced until the late 1970s with only small modifications. At times, Studer was hardly capable to keep up with orders and even had to reduce marketing efforts in order to control demand. Over the years many different models of the A77 were sold in dozens of configurations. It exists as two track and as four track version. Four track models let you record two tracks, flip the reel over, and record two more. Half-track models recorded two tracks in one direction only and were popular as mixdown decks. Lukas version is a two track A77. Another great characteristic of the A77 is its solidity. Built like a tank it is nearly undestroyable. Not surprisingly, thousands are still in good operating order and available for sale online.


With the A77 Studer/Revox created a myth around its brands that still resonates today. It can be regarded as the global breakthrough of the enterprise. In the 1960s/1970s many recording studios and radio stations around the world were equipped with Studer/Revox tape machines. Furthermore it was used by the army, in parliaments, by police and also at home to record child birthdays.


Where is the start button?

As you probably already have noted I normally sell my record players at home: You pass by, get a coffee, try out the record players you want, have another coffee, leave again with a mess behind and maybe  - in the best case - call the morning after telling me that you would love to buy exactly the one player I am not willing to sell.

However, a few times you also have the opportunity to buy a record player without having to pass by at my place and waste your precious time. For instance some weeks ago a record store asked me if it could use my vintage players for their shop window. I said yes without any doubts and problems followed. Two days later the first record player was already gone. So far so good. However, the same day the shop assistant called me and told me that the record player would not work – the lady (Simone) who had bought it made a complaint and brought it back to the store - L - shit. Nothing but slight noise would come out of the loudspeaker and the turntable would not turn at all.


So I had to jump in to fix the problem and rescue my reputation. I had a bad feeling about the whole situation. Never again I would sell a record player without explaining it personally. Fortunately a few seconds after arriving I realized that there was no problem at all with the record player. Relieved I took a deep breath and calmed down. The buyers just did not find out that in order to start the machine they need to put the tone-arm to the right side. Later they told me that they just did not find the button to start that damn machine.  Some times easy things can be difficult when you are not used to them. And what adds up to the problem is that some record-player of the era in question start turning when you move the tone-arm to the left and others do so when you move it to the right.


So the tale concludes with a happy-end. I passed by the Simone’s hairdresser studio and met with her and her boyfriend Mario. In fact, it was Mario who wanted the record player but Simone took care of the problem. Everybody was laughing when I explained what the matter really was about. It was just that in 1970 you made things start not with a push on a touchscreen but by physically moving them.

The reason for Mario’s buying decision was his old record collection he did not listen to for years. Without wasting too much space in his flat and spending too much money of his pockets he wanted to re-enter the world of the black flat gold again in 2013. And the German Telefunken Partyline 208 is the right fellow to do so.

It’s elegant industrial design suits perfectly the ambiance of a loft. The cool-metal surface gives the Partyline 208 a quality that makes one forget that it’s only a portable record player. Elegantly the loudspeaker is integrated into the plastic cover so that it does not attract attention at first sight. In its simplistic overall look the Telefunken Partyline 208 resembles to a certain degree Dieter Rams legendary Braun record players. However, when sold in the early 1970s the Telefunken did cost much less than the high-fidelity models by Braun.


Record Store Day: Cookies and Trash


Actually every day is a good day to buy a record player. In fact, there is no excuse to dismiss this particular achievement of human progress. However, there is one particular day standing out in this context – Record Store Day. It brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores across the world for the purpose of celebrating the art of music (

Tourneledisque in association with Klang und Kleid organized its own small Record Party in a beautiful record store located in an ancient petrol station in St. Gallen ( Friends baked Record-Cookies, our mates from SHADY AND THE VAMP smashed ears with heavy Garage Punk trash, cans of beer circulated and many friends passed by – indeed, we had quite some fun.



The same morning Flo had the luck that his girlfriend listened to the radio. Probably it was and also will be the only time that Tourneledisque appears in such media. However, his girlfriend heard that somewhere around our lazy town there is the possibility to get one of these old fashioned playing devices that are even able to get music out of black discs. So Flo and his girlfriend showed up at the record store in order to purchase one of my beloved record players. As you can think Record Store Day is extraordinarily convenient to dive into the world of records for the first time.

imageFlo’s choice was a late 1950’s portable Record Player by the famous Swiss brand Lenco. The heavily used gray surface gives it a warm and lively vintage appearance. In contrast to its look the sound it produces is fantastic. The original tube amplifiers result in a warm tone you cannot achieve with your I-pod. Additionally the switchable audio-head allows to chose between a needle made for 33’s/45s and another one that can play 78’s. Indeed a fantastic starter-gear.


A few years ago I experienced the same initial moment when I went to a record store together with a friend in order to break down the magic barrier and let the wax spin for the first time. We wasted quite some time before really trying out how the record player worked. This was due to the presence of some guys that seemed pretty professional in getting the records out of the sleeves opening the plastic films with their jeans, who were digging records like maniacs. It was all about attitude. Although we already made our selection after a few minutes, we still pretended searching for particular records in order to prevent that the other customers could find out that we had no idea about how this machines worked. Finally, once we were alone after half an hour the first attempts to put the pick-up arm on the spinning record followed – uuaaaaah – shaking hands – probably we seemed like retards. Then the confusing fact that there are two different velocities. Awwwww. Looking backwards I can only smile.

(Thanks to PHOTÖRHEAD for the wonderful black & white photos:

Alva and the difficulty of taking a decision

A precondition for going out shopping is to know what you are looking for. The more precise your ideas are the less time you will spend.

At times people show up at our place because they want a record player. And in some cases before passing by here - a record player for those persons is not much more than any other one – a simple item to use. Just like a stone is a stone to non-geologists.

All this is not exactly the case for Alva as she already had a vinyl-playing device before showing up. Several times friends had brought her records from London and elsewhere as a gift. However, without a working needle LPs and 45s are pretty worthless. That’s why she wanted to have a look at what is lying around in our apartment.

Already being used to record players and vinyl it was not a purely new experience for Alva to try all these portable music machines. But still to a certain degree the notion at the beginning holds true for her. She came open-minded and did not have a clear picture in mind of what she wanted to take home that Sunday. Alva told me that she is not the kind of person who easily choses what she will buy. After some talking and listening to records at least it became clear what she did not like. Alva did not really cotton up to the more recent plastic stuff and was rather into the older – more fifties and early sixties suitcase-like record players. But despite this step forward, still time was needed in order to reach a well-funded buying decision. And it did not help that several attempts to run record players did not work as they had some deficits due to their age and due to the fact of simply being stocked for a long time without being used. But this is what one has to take into account when dealing with vintage items.


In the end this smooth looking cream-colored record player made it easy for Alva to take a decision. It’s warm sounding tube amplifier gives to an already cozy living room an even more distinctive quality. A visual highlight is the fine-spun pattern in the textile surface that covers the loud speaker. The old technique gets noticed when one plugs in the record player. Before sound comes out the tubes need to warm up. Before you can start you have to wait. And before you take a decision you better try them all.

That is when you find a treasure

imageThis time I won’t write about a special item. Rather the issue of finding old objects as such is the topic of this article. I am sure that you all know the type of house this text is about. Each day I pass by this squat-like place in my hometown. At times I go there for a drink, to listen to a band or to just soak up the weird atmosphere in there. It is a grey tumble down building in rather bad conditions. Probably in a few years bulldozers will break it down anyway. However, there you pay the lowest price for beer and laws are not taken too serious. I am sure that now you know which kind of house I talk about. The kind of house you don’t expect too much of when passing by.


However, a few weeks ago I came across an ad on a real estate homepage. It said that close to my place a cellar is free for rent. I checked the address and it turned out to be exactly inside that house. As my band currently practices in the outskirts of town and we all hate it to spend 20 minutes in the bus before even reaching our rehearsal room I called there.  It turned out that the room had belonged for many years to a guy who ran a stove fitter business. Some months ago he died of cancer and now his sister is in charge of handling with this cellars. So on a Thursday evening after work I met her and we went into that cellar. I did not expect too much and was mainly interested in the room as such.


In contrast to my belief, in there I found something that reminded my fairly of my grandpa’s collecting manners. Shelves full of old tile ovens that had been dismounted out of old apartments. Then I saw a pile of paper-boxes with numbers on them. I realized that these boxes were full of records – 45s in fact. In total there were stocked about 2’000 vinyl singles. All meticulously documented on a slice of paper. Already a bit nervous from this discovery I glanced at the other side of the cellar.  In a corner I descried an old Wurlitzer Jukebox. Not the most beautiful one I’ve ever seen – but hey man, it’s a jukebox. Probably I was pretty starry-eyed at that moment, so that the woman immediately noticed my interest. She told me that her father once ran a jukebox business and had repaired these machines over years. She hates jukeboxes she told me. Then she – a delicate woman in her sixties wearing a business-suit – took a pry bar and „tschak“ opened the jukebox. One saw the ravages of time on that item but it worked great.  That’s how all this stuff came into my property. Checking all the 2’000 singles was hard work. especially as there was a lot of crap among that collection. But it was worth that!



This morning, a few months later, when I passed by the building – my band is not in yet – a big skip filled with all the stuff that before was in the cellar stood outside. What if someone else would have passed by and asked for renting the place? Probably all the 2’000 singles and the jukebox would have gone down the drain. All around us there are apartments of old fellows, forgotten cellars and shut down businesses with tons of treasures that wait to be discovered. If no one looks for them they land in the garbage. So ask your grandmas and grandpas – who knows what they hide in their cellar?


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Kurt und der Plattenfresser

Mangiadischi – ein Schlitz, viel Plastik. Ende der 50er Jahre kamen diese Geräte insbesondere in Italien auf. Anfangs in Filmen oder im italienischen Fernsehen präsent waren die Plattenfresser noch relativ teuer. Wenig später, Ende der 60er Anfang der 70er Jahre, traf man nahezu in jedem Kinderzimmer ein solches Modell an. Billig und playmobil-like aufgebaut, war es auch nicht so schlimm, wenn klein-Fritz seinen Plattenspieler nach dem kleinen Bruder warf. Der Versuch Plattenfresser in Autos einzubauen wurde bereits in den 50er Jahren wieder aufgegeben.

Dank ihrem geringen Gewicht -  meist wiegen die knallig farbigen Mangiadischi lediglich einige hundert Gramm – dem Batteriebetrieb und der praktischen Grösse, sind Plattenfresser das ideale Abspielgerät für unterwegs. Ob am Flohmarkt beim Plattenstöbern oder am Strand beim Baden - sie sind einfach legendär. Quasi der Vorgänger des Ghettoblasters, wenn man so will. Der „Bigsaund 2000“ ist seinerseits ein no-name unter den Plattenspieler Marken. Das hier aufgeführte Stück ist nahezu jungfräulich und bis heute praktisch noch nie bespielt worden.

Die Schreibweise „Bigsaund“ lässt darauf schliessen, dass hier tatsächlich Italiener am Werk waren. Kurt sammelt seit über 15 Jahren Lampen, Vasen, Kinderwagen und Möbel aus den 50er, 60er und 70er Jahren. In der Region verteilt verfügt er über mehrere, bis zur Decke voll gefüllter, Lager. Einen Mangiadischi hatte er aber bis heute nicht gefunden. Tourneledisque schaffte Abhilfe!

Der gelbe Triangel

Philipps AF180

Nach mehreren Runden um die Verkaufsstände, langem Erklären, Ausprobieren und einem SMS an den Freund fiel Rahel’s Entscheid zugunsten genialen Designs aus den 70ern.

Den Philips AF 180 gab es ab 1978 zu kaufen. Beworben wurde der Plastik-triangel-förmige Kofferplattenspieler damals als „poppige Hit-Maschine Playsound AF 180“.  Und auch heute besticht er noch durch seine Einfachheit und Funktionalität: Zack – Deckel öffnen – Kabel rein – Platte drauf und ab. Völlig in Plastik gehalten ist der Plattenspieler federleicht. Lediglich 2 Kilogramm und 45 Gramm bringt das Gerät auf die Waage. So viel wiegt gerade Mal ein Sack Äpfel in der Migros. Im entsprechenden Jahresprospekt von Philips heisst es unter anderem: „Ob in der eigenen Bude oder im Partykeller“ oder „Der AF180 ist genauso mobil wie die junge Generation. Und genauso unkompliziert.“


Zielpublikum des AF 180 war und ist eindeutig das junge Volk.  Als preiswertes Abspielgerät sowohl für Singles als auch für Langspielplatten vermarktet, ohne Schnick-Schnack, ohne Höhen-Tiefenregler oder Pitch-schalter - ganz nach der Devise: “Spielen sollte er, gut ausschauen muss er und günstig hat er zu sein.” Grundsätzlich wurde der AF 180 in orange/rot und gelb verkauft, jedoch gab es ihn in bestimmten Ländern auch in schwarz zu kaufen.


Rosario’s bestes Stueck


Rosario war unser Nachbar am Cash for Trash Markt und kam vorbei, als dieser noch nicht mal geöffnet hatte. Kaum haben wir unseren Ausstellertisch fertig eingerichtet – mit dem Dual P50 prominent in der Mitte - kam er auch schon daher gelaufen und begutachtete das Gerät eingehend. Zack - klebte eine „verkauft“-Etikette am Phonokoffer.

Nota bene: Gerne hätte Rosario - in Anlehnung an Hans-Ruedi, der schon früher im Blog aufgeführt ist und auch denselben Plattenspieler kaufte - ebenfalls ein Foto in der Badewanne gemacht. Jedoch hat er zuhause nur eine Dusche. Wie auch immer… wir nähmen selbst Fotos mit dir auf dem Kochherd.

Der Dual P50, kleiner Bruder des P55, wurde zwischen 1968 und 1970 im Schwarzwald hergestellt. Dort nahm die Firma Dual der Gebrüder Steidinger einst ihren Anfang.

In den 60ern wurden diese Phonokoffer oftmals für den Unterricht verwendet. Da sassen die Kleinen im Kindergarten um den schwarzen Koffer und lauschten dem Kasperli oder der Biolehrer eilte mit dem P50 in der Hand über den Pausenhof.


Die schwarzen eckigen Kompaktgeräte der Typen P50 bis P55 kamen Ende der 60er Jahre in vielen Schulen zum Einsatz. Ihre Stärke ist die robuste und qualitativ hochwertige Verarbeitung in Verbindung mit einem ziemlich leistungsfähigen Verstärker, der mächtig „Wums“ hat.

Vom Design her sind die Dual Geräte der 50er Serie (alle sehr ähnlich) technisch und geometrisch streng und sehr nüchtern gehalten. Gerade darin besteht auch ihr Reiz. Bis auf wenige Ausnahmen galten Komponenten aus der Schwarzwälder Herstellung als schlicht und sachlich.

PS: Ein cooler Vorteil des P50 besteht darin, dass man ihn mit einer Plattenwechsler-achse bedienen kann (Wenn man denn so eine hat ;-)). Ohne Hand anzulegen, lassen sich so bis zu 5 Schallplatten nacheinander hören. Fast schon wie beim Ipod! 

Leon - bald Profi

Leon Liftomat Telefunken

Leon hat sich den Liftomat V geangelt. Ein Gerät der Marke Telefunken. Streng geometrisch, technisch designt und mit grosser, glänzenden Metalloberfläche – klar ein Männerfavorit. Das Tischgerät aus deutscher Manufaktur wurde anfangs der 70er gefertigt. Der Lautsprecher ist elegant im Deckel versteckt, so dass er den meisten Betrachtern gar nicht erst auffällt. Interessant an diesem Gerät ist vor allem auch die Wahlmechanik für die Grösse der abzuspielenden Schallplatte, die gleichzeitig auch den Start-Schalter beinhaltet

 Telefunken Logo

Die Firma Telefunken geht zurück in die erste Dekade des 20. Jahrhunderts. Zunächst wurde hauptsächlich für den Staat und das Militär gewerkelt. Von Sendegeräten über Fernseher und Radios bis hin zu Plattenspieler stellte Telefunken alles Mögliche her. Nach vielen erfolgreichen Jahrzehnten erging es dem früheren Unterhaltungstechnikriesen jedoch ähnlich wie vielen anderen auch. 1985 durch den Auto-multi Daimler-Benz aufgekauft, wurde die Unternehmung Telefunken 1995 aufgelöst. Und trotzdem, die Marke Telefunken besteht heute noch - nur gibt es keine Plattenspieler mehr zu kaufen.