45 RPM Adapter

Do you know what this is called?

categories: 45 RPM Adapter, Blog, Neckties

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Or more importantly, do you know what this is?

If you didn’t grow up in the 70’s or don’t currently have a record collecting habit, you may not know that these little pieces of plastic are pressed into the space in the centre of 45 RPM vinyl records.  I never knew what they were actually CALLED – many people just call them “little plastic thingy” and then get on with the more important business of drinking beer and playing records.

When I started showing this screenprinted necktie at craft fairs I noticed the symbol definitely IDed a subgroup of vinyl afficionados.   I started asking people what they called it, but most people didn’t have a clue!

At an Ottawa area craft fair, I  met an artist who creates under the name Funky Vinyl Art who, (surprise!) makes things like wine bottle racks, coasters and clocks from vinyl records. I was told by FVA that these little beasts were called Spiders, which I later looked up and found to be true, although I have never heard anyone call it a spider before this – I had always called them 45 RPM Adapters.

When I got back to Kingston and asked Gary at Zap Records,   he brought out a bag of what he calls “Centrepieces” (he’ll sell you one for $1) and from the same little plastic bag pulled out an adapter cone which he said he prefers.

It is available in glow in the dark models (fun AND practical!) and retails for around $12.

Spiders, Adapters, Ads, Centrepieces, Pucks, Middles. Oh well, guess not everything needs a “real” name.  It seems that the beloved adapter from the past will be now replaced by the adapter cone.  And who knows what kind of nicknames will be thought up for it?  If you want to see the most epic of adapters, check this out.  Seriously.

Trivia bonus from an article about 45s and the adapters that are used in them:

“… the longest rock and roll song on a 45 was the Beatles “Hey Jude” which was more than 7 minutes, while the shortest was Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs “Stay” which was about 2-and-a-half minutes.