A few months ago, I came across a General Electric portable record player. I took it home, cleaned and tried to run. Besides the loud motor, all was in good working condition. This is a very small, suitcase-like record player that has a built in phono amplifier with just one knob for volume. The needle is reversible for 78 and 33 rpm playback. The PCB has two capacitors, one IC and few resistors. I am still curious how a phono preamp, amplifier and volume control could all be achieved with so few components. Do I still have it? No. I would have kept it if the motor wasn’t louder than the playback from the single mono speaker. Maybe it needed a lubrication or a new bearings, who knows? I did not want to spend more time on it than I already did.
Posting photos here because it is a very cool record player. No hi-fi, no great cartridge, no heavy plinth, just a plastic clamshell with ability to play records on the go. Did I mention that it had a stacking ability for multi-record playback?