I thought I was the coolest kid with the Fisher Price plastic record player. Now, I can be cool again, along with everyone else who used to practice being mini-djs.
First introduced in 1971, how could Fischer Price go wrong with this invention? Of course mom and dad’s record player was way cooler to play with, but this made kids feel important and grown up. Each one came with five records with 2 songs each that babies couldn’t get enough of: Humpty Dumpty, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Farmer in the Dell, etc.
On the market, there’s a newer version of these classic record players but of course they’re not as cool and don’t work as well. They play the music digitally. I can’t wait for the auto-tune version as well. Give me some Jay-Z singing nursery rhymes…
Thanks to Fred Murphy, a brilliant UK dude, we have a new way of looking at these records. He used a CNC mill to create new records with songs for adults: Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven (heard in the video) followed by the Star Wars theme song.
He reverse engineered the records and created instructions for creating your own using a CNC mill and a 3D printer. He’s amazing.
If you really really want these records but don’t have access to any of the tools, he designed a file and it’s sitting at Shapeways waiting to be bought for $43. Where else will you find a double sided record with Led Zeppelin and Star Wars. For some, it’s a dream come true.
Murphy says on the Instructables website, “If you create the music and share it, I’ll make it real for you. Download the music editor and send me the fpr file. wow.