Dr. Lirpa's products only worked 1 day per year, on April 1st, therefore the market was somewhat limited.
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I once actually saw a record player that was sort of like this. I can't remember the details--I saw it only for a minute or two fifteen years or more ago--but it was like a little toy car or truck that would "drive" around the record. I'd doubt that the sound would be audiophile quality, and I'd guess that record wear would be high. But, I sort of wish I'd bought one of these. It'd be a conversation piece.
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I had something similar once. After filming 'The Wizard of Oz' the studio sold off the costumes and effects, as was usual for Hollywood. I wanted the ruby slippers but the price was too high, so I settled for the house-spinning machine instead. The one they used to film the cyclone scene.
It was a simple DIY to lock a record in place, mount a tonearm to one side wall and set the house spinning around it. Kept rumble to a very low frequency.