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 Post subject: Interesting items
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:35 am 
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This ebay company seems to have come across many unusual items - maybe belonged to an ex HMV employee ?

Maybe worth a look at what else they have ?

I wonder who RCW Edwards was ?


https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/38042-Old-Antique-Tin-Gramophone-Needle-Record-Player-Spare-Voice-Box-Recorder/254250714850?hash=item3b328606e2:g:VQwAAOSwLW5c8s6U

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/38062-Old-Antique-Tin-Gramophone-Record-HMV-Badge-Nipper-Dog-Siver-award/362666770992?hash=item54709fc230:g:JHoAAOSwq9Fc8s~N


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 Post subject: Re: Interesting items
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:03 am 
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The soundbox is an "Automatic" which sought to simplify changing needles by using a pre-loaded magazine. Pressing a plunger ejected the used needle and brought the next one into operation, but on the eBay example the plunger is broken and the magazine is missing. Here is mine, in it's original box with instructions :


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 Post subject: Re: Interesting items
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:08 am 
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epigramophone wrote:
The soundbox is an "Automatic" which sought to simplify changing needles by using a pre-loaded magazine. Pressing a plunger ejected the used needle and brought the next one into operation, but on the eBay example the plunger is broken and the magazine is missing. Here is mine, in it's original box with instructions :



Very interesting indeed.

I would never have guessed there was such a design.

Thanks epigramophone.
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 Post subject: Re: Interesting items
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Very cool epigramophone. Would you happen to have a video of it in action? Does it work well? I would imagine there would be lots of "jams" or "failure to feeds" like in a rifle.


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 Post subject: Re: Interesting items
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The shield has been remounted on an oval ebonised board but the finish has rubbed off. Shields were presented in 1937 to dealers so RC Edwards was a dealer.

I have a shield presented to a dealer local to me. I bought it from the Lost Street Museum sale in 1997. It is correctly mounted on an ebonised shield shaped back board.


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 Post subject: Re: Interesting items
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:12 am 
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travisgreyfox wrote:
Very cool epigramophone. Would you happen to have a video of it in action? Does it work well? I would imagine there would be lots of "jams" or "failure to feeds" like in a rifle.


Incredibly the long thin plunger is made of pot metal, and I have never seen one which has survived intact.
Mine is held together with Super Glue, which penetrates the granular structure of pot metal, but is so fragile that any attempt at use would break it.

I do not think it would be kind to records. It is a classic example of an invention which did what few people wanted done.


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epigramophone wrote:
travisgreyfox wrote:
Very cool epigramophone. Would you happen to have a video of it in action? Does it work well? I would imagine there would be lots of "jams" or "failure to feeds" like in a rifle.


I do not think it would be kind to records. It is a classic example of an invention which did what few people wanted done.


It bit similar to most ideas pitched today on BBC Dragon's Den.


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The shield has been remounted on an oval ebonised board but the finish has rubbed off. Shields were presented in 1937 to dealers so RC Edwards was a dealer.

I have a shield presented to a dealer local to me. I bought it from the Lost Street Museum sale in 1997. It is correctly mounted on an ebonised shield shaped back board.



Oh I see. I think the shield is made from silver (not pot metal) - so it must have been really nice to receive one. Perhaps Harrods received a gold one !
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