Electric HMV 192

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Nigel
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Electric HMV 192

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Hello! I have never seen an Electric HMV 192 before. Yet here seems to be one.

I tried looking on this website for information, and google, but there seems almost none.

Can anybody provide some information about this? How does it sound? What would be the price range on this? Is it worth getting If I can find one for the right price?

I'm still looking for an fine Machine besides My HMV 101.

Any information is greatly appriciated!

Thanks!
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Re: Electric HMV 192

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Only a tiny minority of 192's had the electric motor, a very expensive option at £25 extra, so this machine is a rare survivor.

The 192 used the so called "Saxophone" horn, which HMV introduced in 1925 to meet the demands of the new electrical recordings. It has been said that HMV were reluctant to pay for the rights to Victor's "Orthophonic" horn, but eventually they fell into line with their own "Re-Entrant" version.

The general view seems to be that the "Saxophone" horn is no match for the "Re-Entrant", and prices tend to reflect this.

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AZ*
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Re: Electric HMV 192

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The HMV 192 is an excellent performer, and does a much better job on electrical recordings than the earlier traditional pre-1925 Victrolas and HMV uprights with their Exhibition or #2 soundboxes. In fact, it is amazing that a machine equipped with a mica diaphragm soundbox sounds as good as it does. It does not have the frequency range of an Orthophonic or Re-entrant machine, so it is outperformed by the HMV 163 and its larger siblings. The HMV 192 and the other sax machines also do a stellar job on acoustic recordings, and allow you to hear things on acoustic records that you hadn't heard before if you had only played them on pre-1925 machines.

I am very fond of the HMV sax machines, and I own several. I play them often. Here is a photo showing the saxophone horn on my HMV 192.
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Re: Electric HMV 192

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Thanks for the replies! So it would definitely be worth it to purchase one of the chance arrives? I wonder what the prices would be of these machines, especially the electric one.

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Re: Electric HMV 192

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200 to 300

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