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small children and hi-end vinyl playback? insane?

Posted on March 9, 1999 at 15:58:53

Once again I have my vinyl system packed-up and in the closet. That makes the third time this year. The only safe place in the house. I let my 1-year-old Kate play with the CD's to her heart's content. Her 2.5 year-old brother Jack lost interest in Cd's long ago. But the crates of black plastic are facinating to them, perhaps because I guard them and hide them and get so wierd when they're stalking me, waiting for an opening. I used to try and listen for a few minutes-almost a whole side-during bath time. But it's too frustrating--I want more, more, more.

Does anyone out there have small children and a vinyl habit? How do I do it? I tried using the spare bedroom but the inlaws keep comming over to visit and I have to put the bed back in and take the sonnex off the ceiling and it's such a bother to set up the 'table and tweek it in--takes weeks of work. The basement scares me with it's spiders and damp and dirt. What do I do? May I come over to your house and bring a few records?


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Fischer-Price anyone?, posted on March 9, 1999 at 17:21:50

I suggest that you consider getting the kids their own portable record player and digging up some old 45's at a garage sale to play on it. Like any other toy in the house, the kids will probably get quickly bored with it and move on to something else. I have a Mickey Mouse portable record player (no jokes about my Townshend Rock Mk III, please) and I've taken it to record shows to try out used 45's. Disney memorabilia fans always want to buy it from me, but Mickey stays with me! Saw a Michael Jackson player on EBay a few days ago...ain't gonna do it (too easy).


Re: small children and hi-end vinyl playback? insane?, posted on March 9, 1999 at 22:45:27

Let's see,... kids or vinyl, or inlaws or vinyle, or wife or vinyle. Somethings got to go. Considering this is the vinyle nut-house, guess what? Now if your the one that has to go, that too will solve your problem.


2 options (1 not too attractive), posted on March 10, 1999 at 10:43:27
Greg K.

I have been where you are now (kids are now 4 and 6, although my playback is not what you would consider true high end) and I quickly found that my options basically broke down to these:

1. Wait on vinyl until they are older. Too many tempting things to touch, taste and look at with vinyl, and

2. If listening levels are not too loud and your home is conducive to it (ie. kids won't wake up), wait until bedtime. Cuts into your listening time, but some people will view some quality vinyl time better than none. Assuming of course you can barrier your turntable out of reach of prying hands...



yes, I'll settle for less, posted on March 10, 1999 at 13:55:22

thanks Greg K for connecting. I read these posts and envy those who have hundreds of hours to do comparative shopping and listening. The spare room that I have used for LP shares a wall with Jack's bedroom and another with his mother's bedroom, both of whom go to bed before 9 PM. I suppose I can cover the walls with sonnex and rugs and stuff pillows under the door and just crack the preamp a tweek and ... you know that won't work. I might as well get (dare I say it) headphones UGH! You know, when I took Kate in for her 9-month check-up the doctor asked me if I had any questions. I said, "yes, I do. The adhesive on duct it bad for their skin?" She laughed. I think she doesn't have kids. I was reading about the guy who suspended his table from the there's an idea that never occured to me. How does he do it?


Re: yes, I'll settle for less, posted on March 10, 1999 at 15:23:36
Jeff B

It occurs to me that if you get one of those wall mounted shelf units for turntables, not only will you be isolating the table from footfalls better, but you can put it at a high enough level where most of the youngsters won't get at it (at least without a ladder or high chair). I feel your pain.


mindreader, posted on March 10, 1999 at 17:38:43

I'm sitting here eating sushi with the babies and thinking..." I need one of those shelf thingies!!!" I'll let you know what happens.....God! I might be able to move this down into the FAMILYROOM and use the SNELLs and get some BIG BOTTOMS. The spare bedroom I use for LP's is so small, 12 * 13.5 that I'm stuck with the Celestion SL600Si, which is a nice place to be stuck, if you're stuck. Can a shelf hold my 30Kg VPI Mk IV ??? You know, sometimes all you need to do is post your problem, and the answer comes to you. It's like a prayer.


Shelf Q?, posted on March 11, 1999 at 08:46:26
Greg K.


At 30 kg (66 lbs), be sure that your shelf supports are screwed into the wall studs (get a basic studfinder: they are not that expensive, save you from drilling holes to find the studs, and worth the money compared to what "could" happen to your TT if the support system fails); I would not trust wall anchors or molly bolts to hold that weight, especially if the walls are drywall and not plaster. I have not looked at wall-mount shelves for audio purposes specifically, but from mounting other things on the wall, a little overkill on support/mounting hardware goes a long way to instilling peace of mind.


P.S. Wish I could stay awake long enough after the kiddies have gone to bed to have a decent listening session...


Re: yes, I'll settle for less, posted on March 18, 1999 at 05:08:44

I mounted my turntable to the wall--- up high---about 5 feet up---so little hands do not touch. I also mounted my record shelfs to the wall, also up high. But they can still access everything if they get a chair and such. But, rules are laid down and ARE FOLLOWED. NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO TOUCH DAD'S STEREO. They have their toys, and can even play in the stereo room, but they understand that adoption is an option should they get near and damage something.


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