We hope you enjoy your visit to our Playground Website
Playground Studios originally built and completed in 1969 by Finley Duncan is located in the heart of Old downtown Valparaiso, Florida.
It was the home of Minaret Records, Turrett Records, Choctaw and Circle Records. During the years from 1969 to 1989 some very obscure but now sought after recordings were made at Playground.
Some of the artists that recorded here were Big John Hamilton, David Allan Coe, Doris Allen, Tiny Watkins, Freddy Hart, Len Wade, Jay Chevalier, Ed Bruce, Billie Jo Spears, Larry Shell, Leroy Lloyd, Jimmy Gresham, Reuben Howell, Chuck Cooper, Big Al Downing and Jimmy "Orion" Ellis to name a few.
Kinda the best of both worlds
The facility sat empty between 1989 and 2005 when Jim and Jill Lancaster purchased and renovated the facility. Keeping the Playground name, we have updated the studio to an analog/digital facility. While we have maintained the decor as much as possible we offer digital recording on ProTools as well as Digital Performer in addition to analog recording on a 24 track analog machine through a Neve console.
In 2007 after renovations we began restoring the many thousands of masters left here as well as recording new groups and issuing new product. Please visit the other pages of our site to get an idea of what goes on here and Welcome to Playground.