Record Store Day is working hard to revive a niche vinyl format with new releases for the RSD3 Mini Turntable.
With news that they’ve been since 1986, the 3″ vinyl format may be making a come back. The format was first popularized by The White Stripes frontman, Jack White. White’s label — Third Man Records — imported the format from Japan for limited edition singles.
The original 3″ vinyl player was a cheap toy from Japanese toymaker Bandai. The format never caught on beyond White Stripes fans, but Record Store Day is hoping to change that.
In 2019, Record Store Day teamed up with Crosley to release a new 3″ vinyl player. Dubbed the RSD3 Mini Turntable, the record player launched on Record Store Day — April 13. Four collectible singles from Third Man and Epitaph Records highlighted that initial release.
Now Record Store Day has announced a classic rock 3″ vinyl single series.
Record Store Day teamed up with four of the most iconic names in the Sun Record Company catalog. Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Roy Orbison outline the new series. Vinyl specialist label ORG Music collaborated with Sun to remaster the original audio.
The four new records will go on sale in record stores on October 18. That set will include the following classic rock singles:
- Johnny Cash – “Cry! Cry! Cry!”
- Jerry Lee Lewis – “Great Balls of Fire”
- Carl Perkins – “Honey, Don’t!”
- Roy Orbison – “Devil Doll”
Each release contains a record, artist bio, and a fold-out collectible poster of the artist.
is doing its part to keep this obscure vinyl format alive. The RSD3 uses the same moving-magnet cartridge and stylus found on Audio Technica’s LP60 turntables. The styling also resembles the classic Technics 1200 DJ turntables, but it only retails for $70. It’s hard to tell whether this niche format will catch on a second time around — perhaps vinyl fans are more eager for obscure formats in 2019.