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 Post subject: Re: Soundboxes/reproducers to identify and discuss
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:10 am 
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Victor IV
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F. Depero, "Grammofono", 1923.
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Definitely not "obscure", this is the standard soundbox that should go on Decca Salon 130 portables and similar models. I remember the late Graham Barber (whose terrific website seems unfortunately definitively gone, despite his family's early intention to keep it alive, so I can't check there any longer) once told me that these were made by Paillard. While not exactly exciting in appearance, their sound is truly excellent when coupled to an impedance-matched orthophonic horn.

To the best of my knowledge, they weren't factory-fitted to Columbia Viva Tonals, and I wonder how it comes that yours have one fitted to it, but perhaps there's something that I ignore about late units produced etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Soundboxes/reproducers to identify and discuss
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:08 am 
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Thank you, Marco.
I don't think it ever was fitted to the Columbia 112A, it was taped to the tone arm to fit.


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 Post subject: Re: Soundboxes/reproducers to identify and discuss
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:46 am 
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F. Depero, "Grammofono", 1923.
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Ah, OK... That makes sense.


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 Post subject: Re: Soundboxes/reproducers to identify and discuss
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:23 am 
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Decca's pre-war soundboxes, and some of their earlier motors, were indeed made by Paillard.
After WW2 Decca acquired the rights to the Meltrope III soundbox, which with a Decca front mask was used on many of their later portables.


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 Post subject: Re: Soundboxes/reproducers to identify and discuss
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:27 pm 
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The regent looks very similar to the big Juwell Electro, an enhanced German version of the hmv no4, with a larger diaphragm. The back plate and connector also look the same. It could be a client of that brand. They were fitted to many gramophones in Europe...
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