Today, I'm going through that box and spinng those usually forbidden records on my califone portable.
These are largely mono records, so I don't have to worry about that. The heavy cartridge tracks through the deep grooves without too much issue, even on the records that are heavilly scratched.
The end result is that, for the first time in owning these records, I am hearing them in a surprisingly high quality.
It's not HI-FI, but it's better than I ever thought these discs would sound.
So I'm listening to rare/forbidden records, and they sound better than I could have hoped.
I have a couple of spare needles for the califone kicking around just in case, but so far it hasn't even hiccuped.