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 Post subject: Found a Parlophon - Anyone know much about these?
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 5:41 pm 
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Victor V
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I found a Parlophon a few months back - at least I believe it’s a Parlophon, but the only maker’s marking is on the reproducer. I also wasn’t sure about the finish, but it seems original, it’s uniform throughout. Anyone know much about these? Thanks.

Brian


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 Post subject: Re: Found a Parlophon - Anyone know much about these?
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 5:54 pm 
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Nice machine.
I know absolutely nothing about Parlophon machines, but that tonearm looks very Pathé to me


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 Post subject: Re: Found a Parlophon - Anyone know much about these?
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 6:12 pm 
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I would have looked at the motor, to see what it tells. As we know it often can be very difficult to differ the table tops when looking only from the outside, when also the trademark is absent.


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 Post subject: Re: Found a Parlophon - Anyone know much about these?
PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 1:09 pm 
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A couple shots of the motor.


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 Post subject: Re: Found a Parlophon - Anyone know much about these?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:49 pm 
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Victor III
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Stepping a bit into a minefield here, since I absolutely not am an expert on German tabletops, I think there is a Polyphon motor inside your machine. When I saw your uploaded motor photos they reminded me much of the motor inside my Polyphon table top, that I finished restoring last week. I bought it back in September last year, and at that time I was new to the forum, and forum member "Sidewinder", helped me identify my machine.
Your motor has the same PW mark on it, Polyphon Werke.
I reupload a few photos in this post, but you can also see the original thread here: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=41945&p=247453&hilit=polyphon#p247453


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 Post subject: Re: Found a Parlophon - Anyone know much about these?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:04 pm 
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Isn't that an unusual winding arrangement to have a female winding handle? I thought that it would mostly the other way around by this date?
I am interested in all forms of audio media including: gramophones, phonographs, wire recorders, the tefifon, reel to reel tapes, radiograms and radios.


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 Post subject: Re: Found a Parlophon - Anyone know much about these?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:40 pm 
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Looks like a Parlophon 640. They were made by Carl Lindstrom AG. Relatively common over here. I would post in the British and European section of the forum or at https://grammophon-platten.de/ if you want more info.

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Garret


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 Post subject: Re: Found a Parlophon - Anyone know much about these?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:21 am 
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Victor V
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Thanks for the help, the photos of the other machine and that link. It’s odd that this machine appears to retain its original finish but has no identifying plate or decal other than the reproducer, which is nice by the way. It’s designed to swivel to play both lateral as well as vertical cut discs.


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 Post subject: Re: Found a Parlophon - Anyone know much about these?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:27 pm 
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There were a ton of companies making machines like that that all looked similar. This is the Polyphon


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 Post subject: Re: Found a Parlophon - Anyone know much about these?
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Here's my Parlophon with decals present. It's been refinished and the reproducer has been rebuilt. I also repainted the motor board a nice glossy black.


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