There are three types of drive mechanisms that are standard in the industry. (There are also plenty of specialized systems out there for the niche market). The most common are: Idler (sometimes also referred to as a rim drive), belt drive and direct drive.
I remember being 12 years old, on my bedroom floor watching the record spin under the needle. I would wonder to myself “How in the world is this even possible?” There is still an almost magical quality to those tiny grooves that hold all that sound.
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