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Record players are a great way to play your favorite tunes from the days of yor, knowing the differences in the types of modern record players available will help you make informed purchasing decisions. Horn record players, also known as phonographs, utilize brass horns to project the music you love. They still operate with records at their base, but the horn provides a bass sound that is very reminiscent of the early 20th century. These horn record players often require more maintenance, as the brass will age over time and needs to be cleaned - unless you like that worn, antique look!

Record turntables are a more modern way to play records. They are much smaller and slimmer, and focus more on portability and conveience than aesthetic look. They often contain built-in speakers, but may operate better with separate speakers connected. The portable turntable was introduced in the late 1950's and provided music lovers with a sense of independence, allowing them to easily cart their record player from one locale to another. The popularity of this unit was due in no small part to its portability, but also to its suitcase styled finishing touches that became a hallmark. 

Wooden record players are much larger and more ornate than their turntable cousins, and this harkens back to a time when the primary form of entertainment was the record and radio, and whole families would gather around to listen. Like the flat-screen T.V.s of today, these highly decorative wooden record players are a great way to spruce up your living room while still listening to the best of your record collection.