This video is rather lengthy, but included are the basic nuggets one needs to know before spending cash on a record player. I’m making the assumption that the prospective buyer a) loves music enough to want to investigate vinyl, the highest quality music reproduction media currently in existence and b) is not a gadget freak and therefore doesn’t currently own a setup. I’m wary that someone who is thinking of buying a Crosley probably doesn’t have a huge budget. So although I could say, “You don’t want a Crosley mate, you want an SME-Model 10!” I won’t because I don’t want to put people off buying something that will play records to a fair enough standard to be able to appreciate their quality. Similarly with my amp and speaker recommendations, they are of the “good enough to do the job” without heading into true audio Nirvana. The good news though, is that having bought the basic set-up any component can be upgraded at any time and the sound quality improvement will be immense. For example, the most immediate upgrade would be the cartridge/stylus on any of the decks I show here. The tiny Tannoy speakers I recommend for 70 quid would also be a prime candidate for upgrades. But in terms of “doing the job nicely for not much money”, you can’t go wrong with what I suggest. To put the Rega RP1 Performance Pack into perspective, it’s the price of a Beatles or Queen vinyl box-set. As such, it represents the bare minimum standard for playing records. By contrast, the Crosley Cruiser was best summed up in a What Hi-Fi Review, which said that although they really wanted to like it because it looks quite cool, it’s best kept as far away from your records as possible. Make no mistake, it will cause irreparable damage to records, and also damage the equipment of second hand vinyl enthusiasts, because I suspect that Crosley owners will be so disillusioned with vinyl that they will give their damaged vinyl away to charity shops!