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Reader's Exchange: They'd love to take their records for a spin

Contrary to popular belief, people do still listen to vinyl records. Two REX readers this week need your help to let the music play. Laurie DeCiucies of Port Richey has two friends who still have their record players, but they are looking for the needles. They are hard to find, so if anyone can tell Laurie where her friends can purchase them, they would all appreciate it. Her phone number is (727) 869-0804.

Raymond Weaver of Clearwater would like to convert his vinyl 33 records onto a CD. He is looking for the IonLP CD turntable with direct to CD recording. If anyone has one, Raymond would be interested in talking to you. Please contact him by phone at (727) 441-8011, or via e-mail at

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Ruth Wilson of St. Petersburg has a couple of items up for grabs. First, she has a Precision Optics by Tasco Microscope Kit 1200 power. Any budding scientists, or anyone who just wants to see things really closely, might be interested in that. She also has a Gray Magic Royal portable standard typewriter. She says it needs a new ribbon, and was purchased in 1949, and that it does work well. If you would like to take either or both of those off Ruth's hands, please call her at (727) 522-3642.

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Perhaps this reader would be interested in that Royal typewriter that is being offered. M. Peterson's young granddaughter would love a manual typewriter. If anyone can help, please call (727) 585-8632, or e-mail

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Along those same lines, REXer Betty is looking to get rid of her Brother Word Processor WP65. It includes an instruction book and two extra nylon black ribbons. Anyone interested may call (727) 345-8201.

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Mrs. Rose Jester of Tarpon Springs is in her 90s and needs urgent help with her meals, yet doesn't want to sacrifice good flavor. She hopes to locate a gourmet caterer who delivers food so that she may keep eating well. She also has an interest in old coins and is looking for a coin-club member to give her some tips. If you can help her, please call (727) 934-6513 after 10 a.m.

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It seems it's the week for music equipment of the past here in REX land. Bruce Giffen of Clearwater is looking for a portable dual cassette recorder/player with AM/FM radio. He wants it for the exercise class at his mobile home park. If you have a player that's not being used, please call Bruce at (727) 791-6681.

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Mrs. J. Holton of Palm Harbor has a Sears Kenmore portable sewing machine that she no longer needs. She says it needs repair. If you are handy at repairs, or don't mind having it fixed, contact her at (727) 785-9703.

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No installment of Reader's Exchange would be complete without a knitting entry. Marilyn Field of Gulfport has 6 large spools of Yeoman Cashmilon 4-ply yarn, in various colors, for use with a knitting machine, that she doesn't need. If you would like it, please call her at (727) 321-4035.

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Reader's Exchange: They'd love to take their records for a spin 02/13/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 13, 2009 3:30am]
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