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Portable turntable... The "Sound Burger" by Audio-Technica

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by dogpile, Sep 3, 2007.

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  1. dogpile

    dogpile Generation X record spinner. Thread Starter

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    YYZ - Canada
    The "Sound Burger" AT-727. Call it the Walkman of turntables. Plays 33/45 rpm, belt driven, runs on 3 "C" batteries, plug & play, very neat toy!!

    Does anybody here own one?? http://www.vimeo.com/132736
     

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  2. cosmosis

    cosmosis New Member

  3. TommyTunes

    TommyTunes Senior Member

    Don't have one but I've wanted one for years.
     
  4. MikeyH

    MikeyH Stamper King

    Location:
    Berkeley, CA
    They're not uncommon, but expect to pay $200+ for a nice example. Anyone know the original retail? I'm guessing around $60.

    The unit was sold in the UK as the 'Mister Disc'.
     
  5. LeeS

    LeeS Music Fan

    Location:
    Atlanta
    Very cool. I have not seen one of these.
     
  6. jon_s

    jon_s New Member

    What I want to know is, what Guided by Voices song is that?
     
  7. Grant

    Grant Life is a rock, but the radio rolled meeeeee!

    Location:
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    They used to have these in the 70s and 80s. Nice to see them back. They would be very cool for checking out records in used record stores.
     
  8. Radiotron

    Radiotron Tube Designer

    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    Oh yes, that and the Bone Fone, two things I thought were cool back then.
     
  9. Grant

    Grant Life is a rock, but the radio rolled meeeeee!

    Location:
    United States
    Cool song, too!
     
  10. oblique_parallax

    oblique_parallax Forum Resident

    Location:
    Nashville
    "Pantherz," a bonus studio track on the live 2LP bootleg Jellyfish Reflector. It does not appear on the CD version. The record shown being played on the soundburger in the video is Nightwalker's In Shop We Build Electric Chairs and the video makes it look like the song is being played from that record for some reason.

    A demo version of "Pantherz" is on the first Suitcase boxset.
     
  11. A.G. Pennypacker

    A.G. Pennypacker Forum Resident

    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Didn't Sony make one kind of like that too?
     
  12. Claude

    Claude Senior Member

    Location:
    Luxembourg
    I don't think these are coming back. Vinyl is now a high end format that people don't want to ruin by playing outdoors with cheap equipment.

    IIRC, the "Soundburger" was introduced in 1984 (after the Walkman had become very popular) but has remained a curiosity, and is now a collectible. It is much smaller than previous portable turntables from the 70's.
     
  13. Curiosity

    Curiosity Just A Boy

    Location:
    United Kingdom
    I remember seeing them in '83. StereoStereo magazine reviewed them I think in May '83 over here. Just the thing for mining the vinyl at fairs and checking the mixes before buying!
     
  14. violarules

    violarules Forum Resident

    Location:
    Baltimore, MD
    I have never seen one of those before! Of course, I was just a kid when they were out. But am I the only one who thinks that is one of the coolest things?!!! :D
     
  15. B-Diddy

    B-Diddy Member

    Location:
    Austin. TX usa
    I like the Vinyl Killer Van. It's like a slot car for records! www.vinylkiller.net I used to have the Mighty Tiny when I was three. (see my pic to the left). I've been searching for one, but they're impossible to find.
     
  16. McLover

    McLover Senior Member

    Location:
    Athens, Tennessee
    Hi,

    The Sound Burger sold for about $200. It also has a Audio-Technica magnetic cartridge tracking between 1.0 and 1.8 grams. The cartridge is the baby brother to the AT 440 ML. Nice performer.
     
  17. sushimaster

    sushimaster Forum Resident


    All this time I thought your avatar was some sort of comic, farce retro artwork.


    - Sushimaster
     
  18. I think this is part of why they're so expensive now - I understand they're very popular for this reason among crate-diving DJs looking for new sounds.
     
  19. XMIAudioTech

    XMIAudioTech New Member

    Location:
    Petaluma, CA
    Didn't Sony or Mitsubishi have a variation on this that used linear tracking rather than a straight tonearm? I seem to remember seeing it and that it could actually play the record at almost any angle, you could literally carry it with you while it played a la the Walkman...

    -Aaron
     
  20. MikeyH

    MikeyH Stamper King

    Location:
    Berkeley, CA
    Sony certainly made the PS-F5. This was much the same shape and size as the SoundBurger/Msiter Disc and tracked parallel - no external arms, and it played horizontally or vertically.

    The soundburger is definitely a good quality item with a cartridge that doesn't chew up records. I'm not so confident about the latest Numark and A-T low end turntables; things have gotten more nasty now that 'p-mount' is no longer seen as a standard...
     
  21. Sckott

    Sckott Hand Tighten Only.

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  22. gloomrider

    gloomrider Well-Known Member

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    Hollywood, CA, USA
    Anyone remember the Sharp VZ-2500?
     

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  23. Curiosity

    Curiosity Just A Boy

    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Oh yes I do. Very popular over here in the early 80's as it gave you CD like convenience from your vinyl. My brother had one but I more in love with tubed amplifiers at the time so I passed on it.
     
  24. nin

    nin Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sweden
    I just won a new old-stock :D
     
  25. dogpile

    dogpile Generation X record spinner. Thread Starter

    Location:
    YYZ - Canada
    Congrats :righton: Let us know how it plays!!
     
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