Playing With Knobs
Not those knobs…What are you thirteen!
I’m talking about Knobs on the TV, knobs on the radio, and knobs and those slidey things on your stereo…remember them?
Today TV’s all seem to come with a perfect picture. We used to have to play with the knobs.
“More contrast…make it brighter… too much red… now back it up…now it’s out of focus…there, perfect!” Of course you usually ended with the same picture you started with, but there was such a feeling of control.
Remember the horizontal and vertical controls? Just as you got it right the picture would slowly start to do that flipping thing, or you could twist the picture like a fun house mirror. We only had five channels to choose from, but we could always play with the knobs.
The radio was interesting, especially in the car. How there were not more accidents I’ll never know. Tuning in a station took a delicate touch, and if you were traveling you had to find and tune in a new station often.
Today’s electronics are so boring. On/off, channel up, channel down, volume, last station…that is it and nothing to experiment with. Radio stations either come in, or are out of range, there is no tuning. Stereos are…what the heck is a stereo?
Modern electronics are great. There is no fiddling with switches, knobs or slidey things. Turn on and enjoy. The picture or sound is what it is; you can’t make it any better. What a convenience.
Still, I do miss playing with the knobs.