Jimi Hendrix's Bang & Olufsen Record Player

The records on show gives a unique insight into the tastes and influences of one of the greatest guitarists of all time and they cover blues, jazz, folk, rock, psychedelia and even a handful of classical LPs.

We also know that Jimi would listen to this on top-notch equipment: a Bang & Olufsen turntable connected to a Leak-70 amplifier and two 30-Watt Lowther speakers. This was a very expensive and powerful set-up for the time. Because Hendrix liked to listen to records very loud, he had to stick a coin with sellotape onto the turntable arm… Otherwise it would jump up and down the louder it got. The fact that even these capable speakers, specially reinforced by the manufacturers, occasionally blew during parties and had to be taken for repair shows how high the volume would get!