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This review is from: Fisher Price Classics Record Player (Toy)
I loved this toy as a young child in the 70's.i wanted to get one for my young children and having read some negative reviews on this new relaunched version I began a search for a vintage original. I managed to get my hands on a couple and disappointingly, one played very slow and the other had a constant clicking sound. They both went back. I researched a bit more and discovered that it's very hard to get a second hand one that works at full speed so as to be able to enjoy the songs. Reluctantly I bought this new version and was overjoyed at how it sounds just like the original but plays at the proper speed and volume. The main differences are that it's a tad smaller, it requires batteries although I'm not sure what these are for as you still need to turn the winder in order for it to play. Also edelweiss has been replaced with the Farmer in the Dell. The record arm still needs to be placed on the grooves of the record but the stylus is different from the original and the records don't have the same or as many grooves. However these changes, whist disappointing for us 40yr olds, are unimportant for young children today as the main functionality is the same and the sound (having compared an original vintage right next to the new version) is exactly the same and will still bring the kids a lot of joy. I personally think that unless you're a collector, do your kids a favour and buy the new one so that they have a proper working toy that plays a decent tune.