Why the Ron Hardy legend lives on

Following on from the exciting news that Chicago House imprint Trax is set to make a comeback, we couldn’t help digging through some classic house memories.

We stumbled across this recording of the legendary Ron Hardy playing a record backwards (it starts about 3.20 minutes in).

Legend goes he did this by mounting the turntable headshell upside down to the tone-arm, placing a cylinder on the platter, putting the record on the cylinder and removing the tone-arm weight, before pushing the now upside-down needle into the underside of the record. The platter spun like normal, but the record played backwards…

However others claim Hardy did it using a reel-to-reel, a much more straightforward method.

Any Muzic Box heads who know the truth, leave your comments below!

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  1. Hey there,

    Yeah I’ve heard about that trick a while ago on Youtube – DJ tutor:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC4JS13jTMw

    I guess the reel-to-reel method would be safer as the above method looks a bit fiddly (especially with some of the chemical assistance Mr Hardy was using most nights!).

    Cheers.