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by Oedipus
Wed May 12, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: Re-motored "Die Stimme seines Herrn" Cabinet
Replies: 16
Views: 728

Re: Re-motored "Die Stimme seines Herrn" Cabinet

Further to my last post, I have found a German catalogue of 1913/14 which shows the GAM as 'Gramola No. 111', with a three-spring motor. GAO in the same catalogue had two springs. I looked up the GAO that was sold in the Roger Thorne sale in 2011, and that had a 'small' two-spring motor (i.e. with 1...
by Oedipus
Wed May 12, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: Re-motored "Die Stimme seines Herrn" Cabinet
Replies: 16
Views: 728

Re: Re-motored "Die Stimme seines Herrn" Cabinet

Firstly, a simple one to answer: The motor you have is the double spring version of the 1 1/4-inch spring motor shown in HMG (figs 9.47 and 9.48). As the layout is exactly the same, there did not seem any point in showing the double-spring version as well! The winder hole would be in the same positi...
by Oedipus
Wed May 12, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: Cliftophone portable autobrake
Replies: 5
Views: 97

Re: Cliftophone portable autobrake

I agree that the celluloid diaphragm is the Achilles heel of the Cliftophone sound box, probably because it has hardened with age. But the weird stylus-bar suspension also has a lot to answer for; it appears designed to be as rigid as possible without actually being screwed together! These sound box...
by Oedipus
Sat May 08, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: Columbia portables..the endless enigma?
Replies: 51
Views: 4914

Re: Columbia portables..the endless enigma?

What I meant by 'some 9000s' in the blocks quoted was that others were in different blocks, as I went on to show. All machines with numbers in those blocks were Columbia 9000s. It would be possible, though laborious because of the way the blocks are laid out, to add up all the numbers in all the blo...
by Oedipus
Tue May 04, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: eBay & Craigslist Alerts
Topic: Two EMG's etc
Replies: 14
Views: 794

Re: Two EMG's etc

Yes, the Mark X has obviously been fitted with an HMV motor (so obviously, I wonder why the auctioneers seem to doubt it?), and I'd say the motor board is original EMG. But what a shame that the original (and rare) horn has been replaced. Dr Roland obviously already had a XB -- why would he want ano...
by Oedipus
Tue May 04, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: Columbia portables..the endless enigma?
Replies: 51
Views: 4914

Re: Columbia portables..the endless enigma?

The EMI serial number system from 1936 onwards is pretty well meaningless from the historical point of view; numbers were allocated each year in blocks to each model, and the blocks are not necessarily consecutive. Taking B14 (1950) as an example, some Columbia 9000s were in a block from 15191 - 159...
by Oedipus
Sun May 02, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: Another table grand, is this HMV model 125?
Replies: 8
Views: 254

Re: Another table grand, is this HMV model 125?

If by 'wide fork' you mean the brake with a little knob on the right-hand 'prong' of the fork, that is No 1 Autobrake. It has to be set by hand for each record (hence the little knob), although once set for records with a fast run out it would work for most of them. However, although such records we...
by Oedipus
Fri Apr 30, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: Another table grand, is this HMV model 125?
Replies: 8
Views: 254

Re: Another table grand, is this HMV model 125?

The 126 and 127 have different cases - not immediately obvious, but it's clear if you put them side by side. 127 has thinner sides, a slightly squatter lid moulding, and different doors - they are pivoted within the jambs, as on 109 etc, not hinged at the corners as on the 126. The bead round the to...
by Oedipus
Fri Apr 30, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: Gramophone Co Ltd Monarch ?
Replies: 6
Views: 301

Re: Gramophone Co Ltd Monarch ?

With that transfer, both these machines can be tied down to 1908-9.
The horn on the Monarch is later -- pre-WW1 Morning Glory horns have a circular tapered section between the panels and the elbow, with a less pronounced bead at the joint with the elbow.
by Oedipus
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: Gramophone table
Replies: 18
Views: 602

Re: Gramophone table

I have seen advertisements for this table, or a similar one with that cylindrical record box, in early literature, though I cannot remember exactly where, so it would take some finding. Interesting that the eBay one is at Hayes -- assuming that is Hayes Middlesex, not Hayes, Kent or any other Hayes ...