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Value of Vintage Portable Record Players

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Portable record players with an internal speaker were available in the 60's and handy for teens to play their own music. This is about determining the value of vintage portable record players.
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August 24, 2018

I've looked just about everywhere and I can't seem to find this record player. The closest thing I could find was given about a million different names. Maybe I'm just not looking under the right names.

The case is a plastic off green maybe a pea green. It plays 16s, 331/3s, 45s, and 78s. It has an automatic start and stop

The only things I can seem to find on it is obviously Zenith solid state. All the stuff needed to run it. The needle type. And that it had come with a genuine diamond tip which was kinda common on most back then.
Please help!

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August 25, 20180 found this helpful
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Here is something similar on eBay. The asking price is $77.

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Check eBay often for a good idea of what the selling price for these items are. m.ebay.com/.../352436019195?hash=item520ed2dffb...

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August 25, 20180 found this helpful
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Hello! I love the old Zenith turntables. Can you please post a photo of the whole thing and maybe I can tell you more about it.

Some of the ones that are suitcase style (esp. those that were designed for kids or teens) are still quite valuable.

Sadly, some of the old just plain turntables have very little value. It would be helpful to me to see the whole item, so I don't steer you in the wrong direction! Thanks bunches!!

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August 26, 20180 found this helpful
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This appears to be just the deck or at least that is all we can see. Do you have a cabinet that it fits in? Do you have speakers? Have you tested it in any way other than just turning it on?

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  • If this is your complete unit then it may be one of the units that fit inside one of the vintage console cabinets.
  • I'm not sure you will find anything similar if this is all of the unit you have but if you can verify that it works you may be able to sell it without speakers.
  • Probably the value would be somewhere in the vicinity of $35-$45 but only if you can verify that it is in working order.
  • Here is what units are presently listed on eBay but you will usually not find one that is not in a cabinet of some sort and generally always has speakers attached.
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313...
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=Zenith+Solid...
  • If there is more to your unit than we see then let us know and maybe someone can give you more accurate information.
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By 0 found this helpful
January 17, 2019

What would my childhood record player be worth? It is still in excellent working order.

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January 17, 20190 found this helpful
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This is a UK version and if yours is an exact match, it sold recently on eBay for 43.00 US (and some change). That would be today's market value:

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www.ebay.com/.../253970593782?hash=item3b21d3b7f6...

If you find others online that have sold, you can average them together to get the value.

Thanks for sharing! Seeing this was a nice memory!

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January 18, 20190 found this helpful
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I have found sites where similar and exact models have been listed on different auction/sales sites over the years but not all were sold. The ones that did sell sold for under $60 and most sold for under $45.

Kingsley is not a well known or sought after brand; their main product was radios and parts for radios and they only produced record players for a few years.

Condition of these record players is of the most importance as the speakers are not that good so these are mostly for "once in a while" use and as a conversation piece.

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Your player looks to be in good condition but I do see some flaws.
Is the outside of the case in very good condition?
Do you have the piece for playing 45 records?
Have you tested it lately to be sure it is in good working condition?
Do you have a good needle?
These are the kind of things that a potential buyer would want to know.

These players are still heavy and will not be easy to ship so you may want to list it on a local site like Craigslist, USA4Sale or Nextdoor so it can be seen and picked up with no shipping involved.
On these sites you can list at whatever price you wish and just lower the price if no one shows an interest.

Here is like or similar player with information.

www.radiomuseum.org/.../kingsley_kp_200.html#a

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