Wow!! What a freaking amazing place!! What an amazing awesome place. Tucked away in the old Bellerive post office in Bellerive (Tasmania Australia to all you overseas peeps) it is the most awesome little secret. A total goggle-eyed slice of retro-tech-porn. If you love old gramophones, old radios, old turntables, old wax cylinders then you'll find something to love in every square foot of the place.
In 1985 SPAT was formed and through a combination of donated equipment and the aquiring of private collections had, by February of 1986, collected over hundreds of old radios and sound equipment. It now boasts a collection of some of the oldest and rarest pieces of vintage audio and over 70,000 records (12"s and 45's). Thats right..... OVER 70,000 LPs and 45's!!
|The Amazing Sound Library|
|Nicolas Dewey -SPAT's social media maverick and fellow vinyl geek-o-naut on the day.|
|Some of the best finds in the archive. All 4 KISS-The Solo Albums Not the most rarest find but always impressive to see a full set|
|also the rarer Best of the Solo Albums|
For the most part it has been run by a devoted group of senior citizens but has recently had a boost of young enthusiasm as Hobart's young freaks and geeks have discovered its hidden cache of vintage marvels. With the help of young DJ Nicolas Dewey and Sebrina Brennan, SPAT president Lindsay McCarthy was able to set up a facebook page and the growth of the page has exceeded over 100 "likes" in its first month. Check it out here.
|Beautiful Edison Cylinder Player|
|Studer Reel To Reel|
|Portable Vinyl Cutter|
|Rondex Vinyl Cutter|
|His Master's Voice Gramophones|
|Broadcast turntable donated from the ABC. Note the second tone arm fitted with "Dust Bug" which cleans the groove before it passes under the stylus|
They have a website here with more information about how to contact and how to donate. If you're from the mainland or visiting from overseas The Sound Preservation Association of Tasmania is a must see for lovers of Vintage Technology and Retro sounds. I can't recommend it enough.