Since what we tend to focus on at TJ Anderson Homes is Nashville real estate and home design, I’ll nod toward Record Store Day from a little bit of an aesthetic perspective. Below, some of the coolest-looking record players I’ve found on the market, fit for spinning your new Record Store Day haul in the most stylish room in your Nashville home.
Every music-loving college kid you know probably has a Crosley record player in their apartment — the company's portable turntables are cheap, functional and cool-looking, so they’re understandably popular. The company also has some higher-end options like the C10 and C20, but if we’re focusing mostly on aesthetics, I can’t help but love the throwback-styled Bermuda Turntable. Still at a (relative) college-student budget, based on the design of vintage Dansette record players, definitely a statement.
U-Turn’s Orbit turntables are a done deal if you want a relatively inexpensive option that sounds good, and offers sleek design and a choice of bright colors (or black/white). From an aesthetic standpoint, the Orbit Plus is a favorite, since the clear acrylic platter leaves things extra sleek and bright. (Improves consistency and clarity too, they say.)
The folks at Nashville’s own Third Man Records have been tireless advocates for vinyl, to the point where they’ve even opened their own vinyl pressing plant in Detroit. So it seems only natural that they’d also produce TMR-branded record players too. The label’s offered several different options, from simple (and cheap) introductory record players to turntables for kids. This Limited Lightning one is their first geared toward serious listeners, and given Third Man leader Jack White’s knack for aesthetics, it’s naturally also cool-looking, with maximum simplicity in shape, maximum boldness in color.
When you really, really wanna show off that 1/500 multi-colored 180-gram record, here’s a chance to turn it up, literally. This is an in-the-box option with speakers included, so it wasn’t made for total audiophiles, but the reviews point to solid sound to go with the cool, unusual look.
If you’re as serious about function as form, there’s this Pro-Ject Audio Systems 1Xpression turntable, which gets great reviews from tech-y experts, and sure is easy on the eyes, with an olive wood base and uncluttered design. It’s not cheap, but generally, anything built to be both exceptionally functional and beautiful isn’t.
Made in Detroit with the muscular elegance of a classic car. Shinola is probably known best for watches, hand-assembled bikes and leather goods, but their addition to the turntable world, the Runwell, seems to be earning a ton of love. Not surprising — it’s well-designed, built with real materials (that’s oak and steel and such) and precision-machined with a watchmaker’s care. So, again, not cheap. This is definitely for the audiophiles with a decent budget to go with their clean-and-cool style.
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