Each week Tom Whitwell of Music Thing highlights the best of the new music gear that's coming out, as well as noteworthy vintage equipment:
Even after decades of home taping on cassettes, burning CDs and recording 48 digital tracks on a $300 PC, there's something magic about the idea of making your own vinyl. If we could all press 12-inch singles in our bedrooms, wouldn't that be cool? That's why it's such a shame that the Tomy Voice-Corder falls into the 'noteworthy vintage equipment' department. Of course, it's also a toy, not a serious piece of kit. Launched in 1972, but still looking hot today, the Voice-Corder allowed spoilt Japanese kids to record minature plastic disks. The blue arm records, while the red arm plays back. The Voice-Corder was, inevitably, a financial disaster, and is now so rare that it's only recently been rediscovered by Miniorgan.com, the fantastic online library of kitsch sound boxes from the last century.