The Flamephone

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Re: The Flamephone

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1926CredenzaOwner wrote:...and I thought the Paillard Maestrophone with the alcohol powered Stirling engine was a bad idea!

This machine, however, really gives new meaning to the term hot jazz! :lol:

I'm afraid my "hairless" forearm agrees with you..... :cry: :lol: :lol:.

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Hi all , well at least one example of this machine survives -- no doubt there are others out there. I saw an example at the National Vintage Communications fair at Birmingham, U.K. about 15 years ago. I do not remeber what price was being asked , but it was way above my budget at the time ! I remember it quite clearly .

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I know I had seen that ad in Proudfoot's book, and later, when I subscribed to the Experimental Musical Instruments newsletter, they had a few articles on pyrophones - musical instruments that used a flame to generate sound.

http://sciencemuseumdiscovery.com/blogs ... yrophone1/

Now, I doubt the 'Flamephone' worked quite the same way - it doesn't show any sign of resonating tubes over the burners - but it's an interesting comparison....

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Re: The Flamephone

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I did quite a few experiments with flame loudspeakers.
They do work.But mine where amplifiers driving a high voltage
spark in a flame.Its really something seeing sound coming from a flame.

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Here is a diagram of an Edison Class M standard speaker fitted for use with a speaking flame. The illustration in from the book Scientific American notes and queries copyright 1899.
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Class M motor detail from S.A. F.N.Q
Class M motor detail from S.A. F.N.Q
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a drawing by Poyet from 1888 from S.A
a drawing by Poyet from 1888 from S.A
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An early plate of the perfected phonograph (Edison's New Phonograph) from S.A. 1889 from my collection.
An early plate of the perfected phonograph (Edison's New Phonograph) from S.A. 1889 from my collection.
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Standard speaker set for flame reproduction
Standard speaker set for flame reproduction
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Re: The Flamephone

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Does anyone know of any videos of actual working Flamephones ?

I couldn't find anything on You-tube, expect geeks blowing-up plasma balls... :shock:
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There is a logical reason that you don't see any of these around - the houses that they were in burned down... :)
"The phonograph† is not of any commercial value."
Thomas Alva Edison - Comment to his assistant, Samuel Insull.

"No one needs a Victrola XX, a Perfected Graphophone Type G, or whatever you call those noisy things."
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