Yes, that’s a line from a Madonna song that rings very true.
From turntables to cassette players, CDs and now digital music, no matter what you use to listen to music, it has the power to move. But perhaps we appreciated a piece of music more when we had to make that little bit more effort to hear it – to slip in a record and position the needle precisely to the desired track, or rewind to hear our favourite song again on a cassette.
Sadly many vintage radios don’t receive FM and turntables and cassette players no longer work, but we can still appreciate their design, and wonder who it brought so much enjoyment to when it was brand-new. New in store are these retro music players.
Telesonic 4-band radio (German-made)
Saba cassette recorder (German-made)
Bigston 4-band radicorder
Koyo Phono-radio (made in Japan)
Open the back to reveal…. a turntable!
An amazing two-in-one!
Just your ordinary, everyday briefcase?
No it isn’t!
It's a cool music centre (from Sanyo)
Turntable in a box
As promised we have two really cool portable turntables for your purview. One’s like the mini hi-fi system of yesteryear, turntable, speakers and cassette player (remember those?) all neatly housed in one swanky briefcase, and the other is a sweet thing indeed – a plastic cyan model in a wooden carrying case. This one has built-in speakers but can also be plugged into an external speaker.
to this! The brand is Sanyo.
Toys today have gone all high-tech, but there’s just something so intrinsically charming about tin toys that you can’t help but smile when you see them. Not just for kids, adults are collecting them too. Wind them up and see them go! Each toy is hand-assembled and requires many different parts – each one is truly a labour of love and a work of art, but remember to play with them too! =)
We have limited pieces of these toys designed by graphic designer and toy collector Marvin Chan, who used to run the Shanghai Museum of Toys at Rowell Road (which has sadly closed). Marvin is also an authority on vintage China-made toys and his book Chinese Toys Vol.1 is also available at the shop. I’ll just like to add that the packaging for the toys are just as lovely as the items inside.
Planet Robot- also comes in red
the gift-worthy packaging
Acrobatic Bear Plane- with moving propeller!
Tusic- Toy+Music! Wind it up and it plays a tune.