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Down the rabbit-hole of Pocket Records and the mystery of a golden disc

A journey through the twists and turns of 1960s pocket records that ends with a mystery.
00:00 Hip Pocket Records
04:25 The downfall of HPs
06:13 8Ban comparison
07:28 Barclaytophone
09:14 Getting it working
12:42 Research
14:40 Enter Pocket Disc
18:18 Facts, Speculation and Questions.
Q) Hey, the HiFi Vintage website you showed states the Barclaytophone was made by Clarville in France.
A) That’s an advert from a HiFi retailer trying to sell something they know little about. They’ve got their information wrong. The Barclaytophone was made in Japan by Toshiba. Japan is printed on the back of the device and all articles from the time state this particular machine was commissioned from Toshiba, as the OEM. In the US it was sold as the Music Swinger and branded as ABC and for France it was intended to be branded as Barclay. I didn’t mention the misinformation shown in that advert to avoid confusion. Clarville don’t factor into this one at all.
Q) Could the French language have something to do with Canada?
A) Nope. Barclay were responsible for launching the Pocket Disc in France. Americom were responsible for the US - but they only got as far as Seattle & Detroit before the business closed. Toshiba were responsible for Japan. A Canada launch would likely have followed at some point - but this hadn’t been planned for at the time the operation collapsed. Canadian residents also tell me that Japanese made electronics sold in Canada traditionally have English language labelling, the same as in the US.
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  1. Andy Ftd

    Andy Ftd

    17 minuten geleden

    Another great find from Technowhinge ;-)

  2. ozorg


    39 minuten geleden

    great stuff! ;)

  3. AkosJaccik


    Uur geleden

    "Okay, so you don't want to buy smaller records for listening, but how about wearing them in your ears?" I don't know why, but I just _love_ this desperation.

  4. Ian Dunbar

    Ian Dunbar

    Uur geleden

    I had one of these bad boys. The one where the lid is closed to play the mini record, the needle was fixed to the roof of the lid. It's sound was comparable to putting a transistor radio inside a cookie tin. Only had 3 records, with one song, on one side each. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass was my 'go-to' jam. Life was so simple when you're 5 years old.

  5. R W

    R W

    3 uur geleden

    Great info on a format I should have seen before but never have until today! I did have a flexi disc Monkees 45 disc from a cereal box and I listened to it as a kid in the 60s!

  6. LordVarkson


    12 uur geleden

    19:36 The Dans La Meme Collection looks dank

  7. First Name Last Name

    First Name Last Name

    14 uur geleden

    Batteries getting stuck inside something what is this in Xbox 360?

  8. First Name Last Name

    First Name Last Name

    14 uur geleden

    In 2020 do record labels ever actually label a record?

  9. Galloe


    15 uur geleden

    They have a cool logo!

  10. LJ Scott

    LJ Scott

    15 uur geleden

    Long time viewer, first comment. The french language labeling could have been targeted to affluent Vietnamese. Further the disc durability and cost would have appealed to U.S. soldiers stationed there... Sorry, more questions than answers, I'm afraid.

  11. Emmet Yeencoon

    Emmet Yeencoon

    16 uur geleden

    A french connection? You sneaky sneak!

  12. dadautube


    17 uur geleden

    and as always, another truly fine video by Techmoan! and what an interesting product btw! would it be safe to say that by making something like this, the audio and music industry wanted to actually compete with the newly invented mini cassette players that this thing so closely resembles in looks, shape, size and portability? there had been many portable record players of all sizes and looks to play all record formats of for ages by then but this one looks very much like one of those Philips cassette recorder/players that came out in the early to mid 1960s, doesn't it?

  13. Ap Mic

    Ap Mic

    20 uur geleden

    Barclay stands for Eddy Barclay which was one of the greatest music producers

  14. 70monkey


    21 uur geleden

    Brilliant mate, ace video

  15. Andy Gilbert

    Andy Gilbert

    22 uur geleden

    As soon as I saw the logo for Barclay I immediately thought of the record label as my mum had a Charles Aznavour album that she used to listen to!

  16. CaptainDangeax


    23 uur geleden

    Thanx Matt to make me discover another audio format I've never heard about. Being french, I recognised the Barclay logo at first glance.

  17. James Anderson

    James Anderson

    Dag geleden

    I got a bunch of them they are fun.

  18. Kenneth Rogers

    Kenneth Rogers

    Dag geleden

    That's some rather fascinating bit of oddware.

  19. Michael Persico

    Michael Persico

    Dag geleden

    IDK if Mat will ever see this but i don't want to inappropriately use his business email for something pertain to a video thats 2 years old. I found an ebay listing for new Calcupen refills that are compatible with both versions. If you do see this here is the link to it. www.ebay.com/itm/2x-New-BLUE-ballpoint-Refill-to-fit-vintage-1970s-Satolex-Calcu-pen-Calcupen2/333754108603?hash=item4db54b8abb:g:H3oAAOSwlYNcww~X

    • Techmoan


      10 uur geleden

      I bought some of those a while ago from that same seller - thanks for looking out.

  20. greenaum


    Dag geleden

    Were it me, I might have tried deducing the polarity of the power jack by looking which ends of the battery compartment they were wired to. Prob with a switch-over contact there too, so 3 pins on the socket. Also looks like a standard jack socket rather than the DC barrel plug. Very annoying but common back then. The Sinclair ZX81 had a 3.5mm jack for power, the Spectrum had a barrel plug. Similarly the Atari 2600 and lots of Pong clones had a jack. Any idea why that was, anyone? The jack plug has the obvious disadvantage as a power supply of briefly shorting out the contacts as you insert the plug into the socket. Were DC barrel plugs not invented til 1982? I've never heard of alkaline batteries being wider than carbon ones. Surely they could make them literally any size they wanted? So why just-too-big? Anyway interesting so far. Dunno why they went with flexi though, those later became famous on the indie and punk scene for not even lasting as long as the bands did. And now you've got daft hipster twats today trying to re-launch cassette tape! T'ch! What's wrong with people? Bloody kids! We used them cos they were the best we could do, there's nothing better about them than tiny memory cards are, or just Bluetooth zapping a song across to a friend.

  21. Elias Astrom

    Elias Astrom

    Dag geleden

    Sam the sham looks like Caddicarus..

  22. Marijn L.

    Marijn L.

    Dag geleden

    This is just SO great. You are an investigative journalist Documentary writer. This is A class work. (except the question at the end, I never heard of PocketDiscs, but now I need answers :-))

  23. Rik Mannix

    Rik Mannix

    Dag geleden

    You seen the GAKKEN TOY RECORD MAKER yet - cuts records exactly this size and affordable....

  24. Alasdair


    Dag geleden

    My father worked in a radio station when I was a kid, and used to occasionally bring me home some radio commercials that were recorded on a similar flexible film but they were simply cut square with the recorded track well within the square edges. They were similarly almost indestructible and although regular 45 single size, seemed to have good sound quality, probably using the platter surface as a solid backing helped. They were obviously made to play a few hundred times then go in the bin, and they would have been easy for producers to mail out being like a sheet of paper. Cheers, and thanks for another great one..

  25. Meowww Shaanji

    Meowww Shaanji

    Dag geleden

    69 cents ... nice

  26. John Chapman

    John Chapman

    Dag geleden

    Fascinating. Thanks.

  27. killerbee256


    Dag geleden

    Gotta love the slightly questionable art on one side of that Beatles pocket disk. Is that the seed area of a apple... or something else...

  28. Otaku_GameFan


    Dag geleden

    Very interesting.

  29. BiG Al

    BiG Al

    Dag geleden

    So when does a selection become a collection?

  30. Adam Steele

    Adam Steele

    Dag geleden

    whats the name of the electric tools you used to clean the battery componants as im after 1

  31. ergosteur


    Dag geleden

    That was a heck of a rabbit hole, took some unexpected twists and turns.

  32. Core E

    Core E

    2 dagen geleden

    Looks like you discovered a one-off build. Eddie was an Elon of his day and it didn't stick. My grandfather used to say that being special isn't unique, and being unique isn't always special. LoL

  33. Richard Golden-DeWitt

    Richard Golden-DeWitt

    2 dagen geleden

    I don't ever remember seeing one

  34. Snark Marks

    Snark Marks

    2 dagen geleden


  35. 19 day

    19 day

    2 dagen geleden

    nice price

  36. enthusiasticGeek


    2 dagen geleden

    19:10 these are not the pocket disks you are looking for

  37. Haweater


    2 dagen geleden

    Wearing records as earrings seems the most bizzare promotional idea ever.

  38. Croix Tucker

    Croix Tucker

    2 dagen geleden

    19:00 MEME

  39. Schimnesthai


    2 dagen geleden

    69 cents?? nice

  40. mrmimeisfunny


    2 dagen geleden

    Techmoan: "How about a simple short video on this failed American record format from the 60s. Sure hope I don't discover something like 2 other obscure intercompatible formats. With all 3 formats having a complicated rabbit hole of a relationship involving corporate espionage, a french record label and toshiba. Speaking of, I need to find a dedicated player for those... *quick google search* Barclaytophone?"

  41. David Fuller

    David Fuller

    2 dagen geleden

    The original minidisc

  42. Andis Cernoks

    Andis Cernoks

    2 dagen geleden

    Googling "Barclay record player" got you a Linn Sondek? Silly Google!

  43. Marvin Berry

    Marvin Berry

    2 dagen geleden

    What a rabbit hole! You fell hard haha! Is that the same Quincy Jones that worked with Michael Jackson etc when we see the Barclay record?

  44. Robert Doherty

    Robert Doherty

    2 dagen geleden

    I picked up the Lesley Gore one on a whim. Rather lousy sound and quite a bit of ‘rumble’ because of the thin vinyl. A novelty; intended for kids with cheap phonographs.

  45. andrew1977au


    2 dagen geleden

    You don't need to see our barklay, move along, move along...lol I saw what you did there

  46. Jonathan Ives

    Jonathan Ives

    2 dagen geleden

    On the subject of Philco, would love to see a Techmoan on the Philco "Beam of Light" phonograph from 1941, which used a light sensor to read the groove and also featured a wireless remote control, the "Mystery Control remote ". hard to locate outside the USA I'd imagine but highly innovative.

  47. 8Bit.Jay


    2 dagen geleden

    You sound like Ringo Star, reminds me of Thomas the tank engine :)

  48. omegapork64 !

    omegapork64 !

    2 dagen geleden

    Oh no. I'm not getting notifications again.

  49. Still Reading Books

    Still Reading Books

    2 dagen geleden

    you sound like the guy who talks about Skyrim, this is so strange. somehow you're also a tech expert, i just thought you talked about video games.

  50. Neil Mansfield

    Neil Mansfield

    2 dagen geleden

    These lookgood

  51. picklerick-therichwoodkid


    2 dagen geleden

    So basically it’s like hit clips in the 60s... interesting See kids even your parents have something hit with... now the playing field is set

  52. Lee Bartholomew

    Lee Bartholomew

    2 dagen geleden

    I must say. I'd forgotten that song of Tiffany's was a cover. Weird Al wasn't around for the original version. Eh think it sounds better with a lady sings I think were alone now

  53. Kairu Hakubi

    Kairu Hakubi

    2 dagen geleden

    surely 'barclaymophone' would have been better in every way

  54. trucker 9000

    trucker 9000

    2 dagen geleden

    you my friend are a true custodian of media formats. thank you for your many hours of research, video shoots, and editing!

  55. mahergustavo


    2 dagen geleden

    There´s no better tech researcher than YOU!!! Greetings from Argentina!!!

  56. Dayzed Gaming

    Dayzed Gaming

    2 dagen geleden

    Bad Religion? Nice!!!

  57. The Basement Labs

    The Basement Labs

    2 dagen geleden

    add it to discogs!!

  58. Peyton


    2 dagen geleden

    19:36 "La Meme Collection"

  59. fuckjoya


    2 dagen geleden

    4:17 what does “stacking singles” mean???

  60. UKDavid


    2 dagen geleden

    Brilliant research as always. Thanks.

  61. alexanderalexandrou


    2 dagen geleden

    This was like solving a murder mystery. Fantastic work!

  62. Lurking_Finch


    2 dagen geleden

    0:55 Nice

  63. Auxilium


    2 dagen geleden

    I never knew this existed! Thank you very much for the thorough research.

  64. Timico1000


    3 dagen geleden

    2:50 I didn´t know there was an original to this song: nlcameras.info/wiki/sKnOZGt_n3a61no/video

  65. Nik Gnashers

    Nik Gnashers

    3 dagen geleden


  66. Adrian Luca

    Adrian Luca

    3 dagen geleden

    69 cents? Niiice.

  67. Rob Bruce

    Rob Bruce

    3 dagen geleden

    Philco-Ford offers 4 recordings by Wilson Pickett, none of which is "Mustang Sally?"

  68. Rob Bruce

    Rob Bruce

    3 dagen geleden

    So the stick-on labels on the sides are in French, but why are the markings molded into the base in English? F/S on the speed adjustment instead of say V/R? And "Japan" instead of "Japon?"

  69. moviemagic


    3 dagen geleden

    I would love to hear a playlist of these songs.

  70. Kathleen


    3 dagen geleden

    French on things today is because they are destined for French speaking Canada.

  71. Markusewitz


    3 dagen geleden

    I bought the Cosley player and the Beastie Boys record last year! 😁

  72. N.Sputnik


    3 dagen geleden

    When the lockdown is over you should DJ an all Pocket Records set somewhere.

  73. Moon Moon

    Moon Moon

    3 dagen geleden

    Just as a tip, techmoan, if you aren't sure of the polarity of as DC jack, use your multimeter set to continuity or resistance, and probe between the ground on the battery terminal, and the barrel jack. Further, do invest in a lab power supply, even a cheapie. If you'd like some recommendations (either you or anyone else reading this), I'll be happy for my fingers to do the walking for you, and spit out a few recommendations. Just let me know!

  74. TheGuyWhoIsSitting


    3 dagen geleden

    nlcameras.info/wiki/iqPVoJuqmoG2x3Y/video if you're interested, that's the song on the golden record.

  75. ilikedakine


    3 dagen geleden

    Very cool thank you for all the research...

  76. bazoo513


    3 dagen geleden

    I remember finding single side 33 1/3 RPM flexy disks in my copies of "Jukebox", a local music magazine I read in my youth (in Croatia, probably in late '60s or early '70s).

  77. Fernando Melendez

    Fernando Melendez

    3 dagen geleden

    I doesn't cease to amaze me all the different ways people tried to store (and sell) music in the age of physical formats. And yet, in this digital era, MP3 still stubbornly peaks as the most popular format even though there have been better formats out there for a while.

    • Grimmy Grim Grim

      Grimmy Grim Grim

      Dag geleden

      Its so much better using flac or ape or wav etc. I dont know who these people are that cant distinguish 320kbps mp3 from almost 1mbps FLAC. My hearing is crap and i can tell the difference

  78. shittel


    3 dagen geleden

    0:35 Austin Powers, what are you doing here?

  79. Keir Hardie

    Keir Hardie

    3 dagen geleden

    I recognised the Barclay logo straight away. The Fontaine logo on the golden disc, however, has me stumped!

  80. MarcusTDM


    3 dagen geleden

    A guy called Mat would buy one, even though it only has one record! Perhaps they were looking to the future!

  81. Hawyer Cruz

    Hawyer Cruz

    3 dagen geleden

    Damn those are some hits

  82. imark7777777


    3 dagen geleden

    0:58 What a weird way to listen to music?

  83. Didier Dubos

    Didier Dubos

    3 dagen geleden

    Obiwan Kenobi : " This not the pocket disk you're looking for"

  84. Алексей Иванов

    Алексей Иванов

    3 dagen geleden

    Хороший и интересный аппарат. Спасибо за Вашу работу. Когда появятся субтитры на русском?

  85. Keith Mockett

    Keith Mockett

    3 dagen geleden

    Another engrossing video trip down a byway of audio history! The video mentioned the brand "Americom" and I think they also released Super 8mm movies with flexidiscs containing the soundtrack? Despite the start of the disc containing the stentorian command to "start projector on tone" of course the possibility of a movie projector and a separate record player keeping any kind of sync was not possible! Thoroughly enjoy your videos and once I clamber out of this Bankruptcy I hope to support you on Patreon! Best regards Keith

    • Keith Mockett

      Keith Mockett

      3 dagen geleden


  86. Gerry K

    Gerry K

    3 dagen geleden

    Great informative video. Thank you

  87. Ing. Max Koschuh

    Ing. Max Koschuh

    3 dagen geleden

    this was wonderful !!!!!!!!

  88. IMNO 1

    IMNO 1

    3 dagen geleden

    I had a few pocket disc but they were stolen..

  89. MrButtonpresser


    3 dagen geleden

    Who'd buy a player with only one record? Radio Goodies, and now; A walk in the Black Forrest...

  90. greggv8


    3 dagen geleden

    Yet another audio format that could have been something, if not for incompetence at raising capital to manufacture in large enough quantities, and in poor marketing - or simply not realizing they were trying to sell to the wrong market.

  91. Nick Maki

    Nick Maki

    3 dagen geleden

    Techmoan, you are one of the few that I wish I could "like" repeatedly. Thanks.

  92. Marc Jourdain

    Marc Jourdain

    3 dagen geleden

    Celine Dion had twins some years ago and one of them is named Eddie in honor of Eddie Barclay. She was a close friend of him when she began her career in France.

  93. Spencer Welch

    Spencer Welch

    3 dagen geleden

    I thoroughly enjoy your videos. Any chance of a video about the 1966 Italian RR 126 Modular Music Centre: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_centre#/media/File:Brionvega_RR126,_Pier_Giacomo_Castiglioni_-_MNAM.jpg

  94. Mariano Ramis

    Mariano Ramis

    3 dagen geleden

    Techmoan meets James Burke :)

  95. John Thimakis

    John Thimakis

    3 dagen geleden

    Very interesting format. I had no idea it existed. Thanks so much for sharing. 😉👌🏼

  96. Jerrel D

    Jerrel D

    3 dagen geleden

    So cool.

  97. Chris Elzinga

    Chris Elzinga

    3 dagen geleden

    Rabbit hole indeed!

  98. Matt Elder

    Matt Elder

    3 dagen geleden

    While you had the player open to clean the contacts, it should have been trivial to work out the wiring of the DC input jack. It appears to be a simple TRS connector (more specifically, a TS connector).

  99. LuciferStarr


    3 dagen geleden

    15:00 Especially as £500 was the minimum starting price - obvious because it got one and only one bid.

  100. William P

    William P

    3 dagen geleden

    Pocket Records: HitClips for Boomers