3E50.00 - Phonograph - Turntable

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Phonograph - Turntable
Electronic Sound Reproduction
Area of Study:
Turntable, Amplifier, and Speaker.

The turntable can be used to demonstrate a variety of different principles.

  • John W. Jewett Jr., "Bringing (Century-Old) Technology into the Classroom, Part II: Teaching Vibrations and Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, and Optics with Antiques", TPT, Vol. 54, #1, Jan. 2016, p. 24.
  • J. S. Faughn and S. W. Slade, "An Acoustics Demonstration for Students Interested in Music", TPT, Vol. 11, #3, Mar. 1973, p. 171, also A Potpourri of Physics Teaching Ideas - Sounds, p. 256.
  • Jim Allen, "This Technics Turntable Powered Hip-Hop's Early Sound", Popular Mechanics, Vol. 196, #8, Nov. 2019, p. 84.
  • Thom Leavy, "Build a Record Player Powered by Wind", Popular Science, Vol. 288, #6, Nov/Dec. 2016, p. 88.
  • Alaina G. Levine, "A Sweet Sound: Physicists Reconstruct Primitive Recordings", APS News, Vol. 24, #3, Mar. 2015, p. 3, 7.
  • Martin Gardner, "Music from Paper", Science Tricks, p. 59.
  • Eleanor Cummins, James Gilleard, "Play It Again", Popular Science, Winter 2019, p. 14.

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