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Feb 20, 2024 - 11:15:13 AM
1641 posts since 11/10/2022

Shot in the dark but Im using some instruction cds from Jack Hatfield that uses stereo as part of the instruction. Turn fully to left channel and hear banjo only, turn right hear backing track only.

Anyone know where to get one? The new ones seem to have forgotten that knob.


Feb 20, 2024 - 11:21:12 AM



2931 posts since 8/30/2012
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Any computer with a cd drive could do it. Or an actual home stereo receiver, rather than a boombox type system.

Feb 20, 2024 - 11:35:03 AM

1641 posts since 11/10/2022

I know, but I want a boombox or shelf type system for portability. I use my home stereo currently.  I know i can use a laptop with headphones.  Just looking for a portable cd player with blalance control. 

Appreciate the response.

Edited by - NotABanjoYoda on 02/20/2024 11:40:40

Feb 20, 2024 - 12:57:51 PM

3853 posts since 10/17/2009

They still make portable CD players?

An easier alternative might be just rip the CD into mp3 (or similar) format; play it on portable device/speaker.

Feb 20, 2024 - 1:56:03 PM

3328 posts since 5/2/2012

This is not what you asked for, but I was thinking of an inexpensive little mp3 player. Rip/copy the song onto your laptop, use Audacity to delete/close/mute the banjo only channel, save the backing track, then download into the mp3 player. Do the opposite to get the banjo only (channel). I'm thinking a CD player with balance control would be quite expensive and maybe not too portable.

Feb 20, 2024 - 2:13:16 PM

1641 posts since 11/10/2022

Ripping the channels separately is my next option. Or just stabbing a screwdriver through the unwanted

I actually took apart my current boombox cd player and it would be easy to add a switch to the speaker output.

My stereo can play either channel through both speakers so that I dont lose half the power, that is ideal. Mp3 might be the way.

FYI, China still sells 8 track playets, cassette  players, phonographs ... whatever you want brand new.  Darn things come with bluetooth, cell apps, usb control butno balance knob!

Edited by - NotABanjoYoda on 02/20/2024 14:16:00

Feb 21, 2024 - 1:10:17 PM



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You could use a splitter to split the 3.5mm jack into seperate left and right speaker cables. Then you could do a number of things to mute the channels seperately, the easiest being to add an in-line pot or switch for each channel. Or you could simply unplug one at a time depending on what you need. 

Look for "3.5mm to RCA" or "TRS to TS" splitters to seperate the channels into their own cable.

They also still make boomboxes with the detachable speakers, which have external speaker cables. You could just disconnect the speaker wires as needed. 

Edited by - KCJones on 02/21/2024 13:12:30

Feb 21, 2024 - 3:23:12 PM

1641 posts since 11/10/2022

I actually found a boombox type setup. Califone 2455AV.

Dang things are used for classroom instruction for little kids and come with 6 pairs of headphones for the classroom. Its kinda a bit more capable than I wanted but picked one up used for 45 bucks at a county auction. Ill repost if its thumbs up or down in a few days.

Feb 21, 2024 - 6:07:38 PM

3455 posts since 4/19/2008

Back in the 80s I would buy them from the thrift stores every now and then. My favorite was a beautiful black Yamaha CD player that had both balance control and speed control.

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