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 Post subject: New aquisition. Aerophone record.
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 11:42 am 
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Victor O
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Really pleased to share this newest acquisition of mine (still yet to arrive, but I will post further pictures when it does). This is a rather rare French Aerophone 78 record, manufactured around 1911/1912 or thereabouts. I really love the primitive aeroplane on the label, which shows just how primitive aircraft technology was, and very cool how it appears on this label. It's a shame that the tax stamps obscure some of the design, but is still really interesting.


A couple quick questions. Does anybody have any specific information on this company? I haven't found much, and the dates I have provided are quite rough. Also, does anybody know if this is a lateral or vertical cut record. Would like to know so I know whether it's safe to play on my gramophone (plays lateral records).

Many Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: New aquisition. Aerophone record.
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 2:29 pm 
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Aerophone records are scarce, and as you have already discovered, so is any information about them.

All I can tell you is that the company was based in Paris and exported records to Britain prior to WW1. It seems that both lateral and vertical cut records were made, so close examination of the grooves should establish which type you have.


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 Post subject: Re: New aquisition. Aerophone record.
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 10:47 pm 
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I have an Aerophone; it's an etched label vertical cut like an early Pathé and takes the Pathé sapphire ball. Off the top of my head, I don't remember if it's inside or outside start. Looking at the photos in the original post, what I can see of the grooves looks like vertical sapphire ball cut.


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 Post subject: Re: New aquisition. Aerophone record.
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 11:01 pm 
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^ That's what I said. Those records have that flush look where the grooves come up to the label.


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 Post subject: Re: New aquisition. Aerophone record.
PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 3:18 am 
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The French Aerophone machine is the one depicted on the label of the record above. It is quite recognizable with its unique horn. They also sold internal horn table tops. Apart from the horn, the rest is pretty much like the other machines of the period.


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 Post subject: Re: New aquisition. Aerophone record.
PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 5:33 am 
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Interesting information guys. Thanks for that. Very much appreciated. It's curious how such a scarce and, evidently, short-lived company managed to be so diverse. And by that I mean they managed to have both lateral and vertical records, records with and without paper labels, and paper labels of two different colours. Pretty interesting.


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 Post subject: Re: New aquisition. Aerophone record.
PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 5:39 am 
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Also, if it helps, this record was purchased from a seller based in France. So does that mean that some were exported to Britain while other were simply sold locally in France?


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