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A Guide to Shopping for RCA Vintage Record Players

RCA Victor has a rich musical legacy that dates back to 1929. Their iconic treasures, such as the RCA Victor New Orthophonic High Fidelity Record Player from the 1950s, are still sought after by collectors and audiophiles. From entry-level turntables to priceless antiques, eBay is a great place to find an RCA Victor record player at a good price. Here is an overview of RCA Victor record players to help you shop effectively.

What should I consider when shopping for a vintage record player?

Vinyl records have made a comeback, and you need a turn table to play them. Since RCA Victor is an old recording label in American history, they are a natural go-to for your vinyl collection. Here are some things to think about when looking for an RCA Victor record player.

  • Age: The allure of discovering an affordable 1929 RCA Victor record player on eBay is undeniable. However, keep in mind that it may be very difficult to find parts for a retro record player.
  • Your record collection: Consider the format of your records. Can the model you're looking at accommodate 7-, 10- and 12-inch sizes, as well as the hard-to-find 8 1/3 and 16 2/3 sizes? Also, make sure the model you're looking at can play at the same speed as your record, such as 78 rpm.
  • Condition: As with any vintage item, the overall appearance and condition matter, particularly in older models such as retro record players from the 1970s. Normal wear and tear is to be expected. Still, you need to be diligent in searching for the condition you are comfortable with buying.

What are the rating conditions of vintage RCA record players for sale?

Since you have selected these vintage record players as an interest, you will want to know how conditions are defined:

  • Excellent: This means that the record player has all its relevant parts, such as the cord, player head, cover, and spindle. All levers and dials work well, and the exterior remains unmarred.
  • Fine: This means that the player shows some scratches, and the dials may require greasing for smooth operation. The loader arm, turntable, and needle assembly work as they should.
  • Good: This means that the player shows greater wear and that the turntable's velvet coating shows scratches or may be worn off to a great degree. The cover may be absent, and the needle may need replacing.
  • Fair: This means that the player may require the replacement of the needle and dials but that all electrical connections work to enable playing a record.
  • As-is: These might be in poor physical condition, or they may not work at all. You might consider buying a record player as-is if it contains great historical value or you wish to distribute its workable parts to other players of similar vintage.

Can a collector specialize in RCA record players?

Yes. The turntable's size and controls, such as the ability to accommodate a 16 2/3-inch record, provide specialized functionality. A vintage player from 1929, which is RCA's starting year, is particularly desirable. So is any with a third-party franchise logo. You could specialize in freestanding record player consoles as opposed to tabletop record players or monaural versus RCA stereo phonographs.

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