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Gramophones, Phonographs, Victrolas....

Discussion in 'Radio' started by moustache, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. Sharpsburg

    Sharpsburg One of the Regulars

    Yesteryear, Your work is really amazing - a true passion.

    I do civilian homefront reenactment at Reading each year and would love to get a small portable record player like in your last photo. do they turn up on Ebay or other place reasonably?

    Thanks, Sharpsburg
     
  2. Yesteryear

    Yesteryear One of the Regulars

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    Thank you Sharpsburg,

    They do turn up on eBay at times, prices vary. I bought mine from a fellow phonograph collector for $150.
     
  3. Testing my recently repaired Ultraphon record player from 1935
    [video=youtube;2iglNhOoyp8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iglNhOoyp8[/video]
     
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  4. CONELRAD

    CONELRAD One of the Regulars

    Several months ago, I got this beautiful 1926 Victor VV 4-4 "Granada" along with all the original storage albums full of the first owner's record collection. Though most of the records show signs of being played frequently, few have visible groove wear, a testament to the record-preserving Orthophonic reproducer.

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    And here it is in action:
    [video=youtube;-vK4NwE3jX8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vK4NwE3jX8[/video]
     
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  5. vitanola

    vitanola My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Coneelrad, the smaller Orthophonics, the Granada, the Consolette, 4-3, 4-7 and especially the 4-40 are terribly underrated machines.

    All are attractive, and when properly set up they are fine phonographs indeed.

    From the video it appears that your reproducer is a bit close to vertical. The needle point angel should be about 60 degrees to the surface of the record. It also appears that the rubber isolator bushing at the back of your reproducer is too hard.

    This would be the case if it was an original bushing, which would have perished to stony hardness over the years, or if it was one of the common replacements sold by the phonograph supply companies, for all of these are entirely too stiff. Properly soft isolator a are available on eBay.

    You would be amazed at the improvement in your machine's reproduction with an appropriately soft rubber bushing. The bass response will be extended, the treble less scratchy, and record wear will be cut even further.


    Here's another one of mine:

    [video=youtube_share;w4VkEHuJO8g]http://youtu.be/w4VkEHuJO8g[/video]
     
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  6. CONELRAD

    CONELRAD One of the Regulars

    Vitanola, thank you for your response and advice.

    Regarding the angle of the reproducer, by my measurement, the needle hits the record at about a 70 degree angle, and it's turned as far forward as it can be.

    As for the isolator bushing, I'm fairly certain it's original to the machine. If you could point me in the direction of a suitable replacement, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Also, If you happen to have any other advice for improving the machine I would love to hear it.
     
  7. Yesteryear

    Yesteryear One of the Regulars

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    Here's a good resource for antique phonographs. It's just like the Fedora Lounge, but centered around phonographs rather than vintage style/clothing.
    http://forum.talkingmachine.info/
     
  8. Ripper

    Ripper Familiar Face

    Hi, I have a Victrola VV1-5 1926 portable. Yes, i know it's not original but it's just for me and i love it! It was covered in a white, cloth type material, kind of like wallpaper. I redid it in a brown ,embossed lambskin i had laying around. Works like new ! It's amazing the craftsmanship that they had back then, not like the Chinese crap now a days.

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  9. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

    The film Crimson Peak shows off some nifty Edison and Columbia machines. The film is also very well done.
     
  10. Yesteryear

    Yesteryear One of the Regulars

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    Several new videos I uploaded recently featuring my 1945 HMV-102 portable gramophone playing some Big Band hits.





     
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  11. Ripper

    Ripper Familiar Face

    I love the way that sounds on a Victrola.

    Sent from my SM-N910P using Tapatalk
     
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  12. sarah1

    sarah1 New in Town

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    Hey yesteryear :)
    The gramophone looks nice .This reminds of the old times when they were famous.Even I used to own a gramophone and loved it.But I recently replaced it with a latest technology turntable and that also works good for me.Being a music lover I have lot of CD's with me which now I can play on my player and I could even mix different music. I read about these record players on http://www.crosleyturntablereviews.com/and I just love them.If you are also a music lover you would definitely love these players.
     
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  13. sarah1

    sarah1 New in Town

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    HEY yesteryear ..

    I will just show you the turntable that I own..
     

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  14. vitanola

    vitanola My Mail is Forwarded Here

    image.jpeg A few recent acquisitions:

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  15. vitanola

    vitanola My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    vitanola My Mail is Forwarded Here

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  17. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

    NICE!
     
  18. MisterCairo

    MisterCairo I'll Lock Up

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  19. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

  20. Best thread I could find to ask this. Does anyone happen to know, which is the better quality machine: a Webster Chicago 102-1, or a V-M Tri-o-matic? Assuming that either one is.
     

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