A Talking Machine was an expensive investment back before 1910, but the manufacturers knew that this is the time of year when people treat themselves...
...or maybe a Victrola?
Victrola commissioned several of these charming paintings where a crowd of miniature Victor artistes surround the gramophone and bring their music 'into your home' at Christmas.
...or perhaps some nice Edison Records for the Festive Season?
Somewhere I have an Edison Christmas advertisement, but I can't find it, so this will have to do for the moment!
The year here was 1903
Welcome, (I'm back!).
I never expected to leave the site untouched for almost four months, but that is what happened. Although I am still involved in other projects, at least I have edited these pages to save you thinking that I had died! It is still true that I am selling a good deal of what I am finding without a need to put them up on the internet, but I thank you for continuing to offer me interesting machines to buy. I still need decent stock all the time.
However; Please I don't want any cabinet gramophones unless they are made by HMV and in good condition.
A good Model 'A' (1900-1905) Edison 'Triumph' phonograph
with an original 14" horn. The Triumph was the most expensive
machine in the Edison range and at ten guineas (£10/10/00)
represented an outlay equivalent to over five weeks' income
for a man earning the average of around £2 a week at the time.
See it on the 'Phonographs for Sale' page .
A very smart Gramophone Company late Style number 3
with good plating and a quiet motor. Made after the turn of
the twentieth century, it carries a very bright (but original)
'Concert' soundbox. The horn has the 'high, sharp' seam that
identifies it as 'The Real Thing'. See more detailed images on
the 'Gramophones for Sale' page.
If you are looking to buy or sell a genuine gramophone or phonograph then you have come to the right place! I have been collecting them since 1972 and trading for only a little less time; forty years of knowledge and experience. Over this period I have handled just about everything that the subject covers from humble portables to 'tinfoil' Edisons from the beginning of recorded sound history.
If you are becoming interested in the subject of early machines and records, you might like to join a club or society dedicated to their study. Groups exist all over the world, and links to a number of them may be found on a page here.