The Third Man Records Edition is a Crosley RSD3 mini turntable for 3” records produced in a Third Man Records special branded colorway for release exclusively at the Third Man Records storefronts in Detroit and Nashville for Record Store Day 2019.
It was sold alongside a series of six new 3” records from the White Stripes.
From the Third Man press release:
3-inch records were originally released and marketed for a short time in Japan in the early 2000s, just before the worldwide re-birth of vinyl began to take hold. The White Stripes produced eight singles on 3" record in 2005 alongside an Inchophone turntable. The highly coveted vinyl records —only available on the Get Behind Me Satan tour (with the exception of "Denial Twist" which was and remains only attainable as a personal gift from Jack White) — go for top dollar in the secondary market.
Fast forward to 2019, the idea of resurrecting the format stemmed from a trip to Japan when representatives of Record Store Day met the only factory that used to make these "8ban" records and as such the RSD3 Mini Turntable by Crosley was born with its special edition Third Man Records Triple Inchophone, available at Third Man Records Nashville and Detroit storefronts on Record Store Day. Third Man Records is happy to use the rebirth of this format as a welcomed excuse to release an exclusive box set of six 3" records containing selections from the White Stripes singles back catalog that have not been previously available on 3" record (only available at Third Man Records storefronts), as well as 4 additional label selections, available in mystery sleeves only at RSD participating record stores around the world.
And they made a snazzy promo video too (oddly claiming fast recharging via USB even though the player doesn’t have a rechargeable battery):
All specs of the Crosley RSD3, except:
- Black and yellow colorway, branded with Third Man Records
- Model #: CR6037A-YE (yellow)
- Sold alongside six new White Stripes 3” releases
- Limited edition of 1,000 units.
- Price: $79 USD, or $150 for both the player and six 3” records
Comparison to Standard Edition
Aside from the color, the Third Man variant also has no Crosley logo on top of the player (and of course, a large Third Man Records logo on the front face of the player). The words “Triple Inchophone” do not appear anywhere on the turntable itself.
Aside from aesthetics, the fit and finish of the Third Man version is much nicer than the standard version (at least the one we have on hand), possibly due to luck of the draw with manufacturing standards, or maybe because fewer of this colorway were produced their quality control was higher, but either way, the warble and inconsistent speed we saw with the standard Crosley player is not evidenced in this version. Even the speaker sounds clearer and doesn’t distort until higher volumes than the standard edition.
It is possible that our specific standard unit is a lemon, but when comparing the two the Third Man Triple Inchophone sounds vastly superior to the standard silver model.
There are no markings on most sides of the box, aside from the top and a Crosley logo on the right hand side.
- The Vinyl Factory has a brief announcement of the player and records.