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 Post subject: Phonocone
PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:19 pm 
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Victor III
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Interesting childs(?) phonograph called a Phonocone. On EBay = 230722984697


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 Post subject: Re: Phonocone
PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:26 pm 
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Hi Brian:

Not a child's phonograph, but one of the later attempts to re-design the acoustic phonograph, for the budget market. There's a short mention of it here -- http://www.capsnews.org/apn2007-6.htm

As noted, there was both a spring and an electric motor version.

They actually don't sound half bad --


(Double-click the video above or click this link to go to the video on YouTube.)



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 Post subject: Re: Phonocone
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:46 pm 
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I like these and currently have the (apparently) less common spring wound version. I believe they date from 1941-48. The cabinet is made from pressed fibres. It looks cheap at the price although it is missing its removable base board onto which the original model identification paper was glued. THese were sold exclusively through the Montgomery Ward chain.

Although my example is in very smart nick it did cost me around $300.


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 Post subject: Re: Phonocone
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:29 pm 
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There's a nice-looking Jerry Mahoney in the youtube video background!
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