Since I've moved to a new state and old stuff is really cheap here, I bought an old Edison phonograph - Diamond Series from the 1920s. The cool part is that it is crank wind-up motor powered, so no electricity!
However, you can also change
the speed of the turntable, adjust the volume, and so forth, so the thing is more flexible in function than I had suspected at first. The motor still works, the turntable spins quietly and on the level, and all of the controls operate, too.
I tried playing one of the old records, but the old needle is completely shot, but I want to try to experiment using alternatives to the needle to produce sound. The old Edison records reproduced sound by up and down vibration movement, but if I somehow put a modern stylus on there, I think I could have a lot of fun. Or, who knows what else I could slap on there to make music.
I've been really intrigued by the whole steampunk style, and wondering what steampunk music might be like. Maybe this is a step towards figuring that out.
Peace and adventure,