I gave Spousal Unit a record player for Christmas (which actually means I bought a record player for us). I'll tell you the brand and share a review once we've given it a proper run-through - we haven't tried the MP3-converter yet. But it does have decent little speakers, considering they're built-in. (We shall, of course, attach our own shortly.)
In the meantime, here are some of the records we've squirrelled away for this moment, which we will enjoy heartily in the coming years.
The Beatles were, of course, the first thing we heard.
Gypsy Camp Fires was delightful on a first listen: a big orchestra and a very Russian sound.
Big Bands Revisited will be fun to hear. This set has seven records, and if you've never heard big band or jazz on a record, give it a shot. That's the way such music is meant to be enjoyed.
Music from the Penguin Cafe has been one of my favorite albums for years already. I picked it up for 25 cents at a thrift store in college. I guess you'd call the Penguin Cafe an experimental orchestra - they're particularly known for a song that features a rubber band. This album has some especially beautiful songs - including The Sound of Someone You Love Who's Going Away and It Doesn't Matter. (That's one title.)
Keep an eye out for my review of the new record player - and you'll see more records in our collection soon, too.