When RCA decided to bring out their 45 rpm records in 1949 (because the 33 1/3 rpm records were coming out), they made this first model changer to play them. This is just a changer to be plugged into a radio, or other amp, to be heard. I believe this model was the fastest changer made. The whole change cycle was completed in one revolution of the turntable. This model was only made for 2 years, then the second model came out.

This is the second model 45 rpm changer RCA came out with in late 1951. It’s a totally different mechanism from the first model. This is basically the same changer that went until the end of the 45 rpm player production. There were minor changes, but they looked the same.

This is the first model of self contained 45 rpm record player, with amplifier and speaker. It used the same changer as the stand alone changer.

And this is the model type that came out in late 1951. Same changer as the stand alone player above.

On the left is an RCA model EY3 from the early to mid 1050’s. I believe it has a bakelite case. It has one knob for on/off and volume control. These are very stylish players.

On the right is an RCA from the mid 1950’s. I believe this one has a bakelite case as well. It’s a better sounding unit than the one on the left because it has a better speaker and a tone control.

This 45 rpm player to the left is a Capital model 721. I’ve had this one a long time. Used to take it with us when we went to dog shows and play it in the evening when we camped. So, I did make good use of this one.

The player on the right is an RCA model 8-EY-31 suitcase style. This one is in great condition. Even has the owners manual.

On the right:

A couple of years ago, a friend spent the winter with us. He wanted something to do, like restore a record player. So, I gave him this 45 rpm player cabinet and told him to have at it. He stripped it down and painted it with a sand finish. I restored the changer and it got painted. I had no amp for it, so I used a solid state amp out of a schoolhouse player and put a 5 x 7” speaker in it. It sounds better than new and looks unique.

This RCA player is their Orthophonic model. They had a full size all speed Orthophonic as well. This was the premium model with about a 6” woofer and a tweeter for HiFi sound. This was made toward the end of the 45 rpm player run.

This is an A.R.C. 2500 45 rpm car underdash record player. The case is all chrome. The player mechanism is upside down, so it uses a spring loaded tonearm for stylus pressure. The whole record changer is mounted to 3 springs to absorb road shock and prevent skipping. It can hold up to 14 records. Fully loaded, it will skip some on a coarse or rough roads because of all the weight of the records. After it drops a few of the records and the load lightens up, it plays great without skipping, even on hard corning. I tried it on the floor of my MGB. It has no underdash to mount it.

On the left: Who would’ve thought this Ristaucrat jukebox would show up at an auction in Cleveland, TN. Well, it did, and I won it. Darn thing works good too. The wood case has a couple of minor veneer issues, but nothing bad, and the plastic lid has a small crack near the cabinet where it’s pretty much not noticed. I can’t believe the original cartridge is good all the way.  Overall, it’s in very good original condition.