I am not sure if many people know or care, but my parents have a gramophone - you know, a mechanically-based musical playback device. So I was visiting them the other week and decided to try and see if I could play a vinyl on the gramophone. Yes, the speed is different of course. But the fact that the sound quality is okay surprised me somewhat.
I really love the idea of the analog mechanical recording and what it represents to us as music technologists (how clichéd does that sound? ¬_¬ ) - it comes from a time when humans were beginning to understand the full impact of sound outside of the context of realtime, local performance.