The best record player you could ever get could be one that’s handmade. Making record players is an incredibly fun science activity that could give students and professors alike the joy of creating a musical instrument. Featured here are the reasons why handmade vinyl record players are a musical treat, and there are also instructions on how to make one.
How Do I Make My Own Record Player?
Vinyl record players don’t always have to be super expensive. You can make your own record player for next to nothing with household and classroom materials! You’ll need the following materials:
- Piece of paper
- Thin, long sewing pin
- Vinyl records
- An assistant!
Form the piece of paper into a cone shape and tape in that position. Poke the sewing pin through the thin, pointed end all the way through to the other side and tape the top of the pin in place. Once you’ve done that, insert the pencil through the hole in the record with the pointed end facing down and pressed into a flat surface like a table. This will create a spinning top with the vinyl record.
Now you’re ready to listen to music. Have your assistant spin the record while you hold the pin (sharp end pointed downwards) onto the grooves in the top of the record. As it spins, you’ll hear sound coming from the paper cone. Admittedly, the quality isn’t at par with what you’ll hear from the best vinyl record players. Nonetheless, it’s fun to actually get to play music by just using everyday stuff.
If you can’t find someone to spin vinyls with you, below is another way of making a player that doesn’t require you to have a sidekick. But of course, it would still be more fun to jam with someone!
A quality vinyl record player can cost upwards of $100-$200 or more, but a homemade record player is a mere fraction of that cost. If you already have the materials laying around your house, it’s completely free to make! All it takes is a little time and effort.
Spend a fun day with fellow students or your teacher with a simple but satisfying science project. Yours truly admits to messing up quite a few science experiments in school (mostly those involving calculations), so it’s refreshing to see a science activity that involves artsy stuff like music.
Learning how sound works is an amazing experience. When you look at the materials used to make the project, it’s hard to imagine hearing your favorite band coming from a cone-shaped piece of paper, but it does work! It’s a project that will certainly keep science enthusiasts eager to learn.