Strip a Record Player Down to the Bare Essentials

We don't need your 1200s any more, Technics—some twisted metal and plastic is all we want for a bare-bones record player. Inventor RD Silva identified the must-have components and threw away the rest, resulting in this minimal design.

As you can see, you're not left with much. A motor to turn the platter, an arm and stylus connected to the tiny amp and speakers, plus the controls end up giving you your no-frills sound system. You simply swing the arm on its counterweight to put the needle on the record to hear the beats. [Yanko Design]