Do gramophones exist that would play a modern 33 1/3 RPM records without damaging it? If not, would it be possible to build one yourself? What are the limitations of a purely analogue gramophone (one with a crank handle and a spring)?

  • This is not the site for your question. We talk about recording records, not so much listening to them. I'm not sure if there is a stack for your question. – Todd Wilcox Jun 22 '18 at 19:28
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not about music practice or theory as outlined in the help center. – Todd Wilcox Jun 22 '18 at 19:28
  • @ToddWilcox Since there isn't a stack for this, are there any other sites? Maybe a subreddit? – Beta Decay Jun 22 '18 at 19:53
  • I wouldn't know. I've never searched the internet for how to build a hand crank gramophone. – Todd Wilcox Jun 22 '18 at 20:02
  • @ToddWilcox Googling "vinyl record player" answers the "buy" part of the OP's question - and note that more than 14 million new vinyl records were sold in the USA in 2017, so this isn't an esoteric market for nerds only. The "make" part is obviously off-topic here, of course. Every "gramophone" that plays vinyl records uses a mechanical transducer. – user19146 Jun 22 '18 at 20:40

If you mean a purely acoustic gramophone, with a needle and a soundbox and a horn, then no. Vinyl records are softer than shellac 78-rpm records and would be damaged by playing with a steel needle and acoustic soundbox.

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