This image is also available in avatar format (currently in the ‘machines’ category, although when we have enough images to make it worth doing, I plan on adding a ‘print’ category.
— MordEthP.S. If anyone has any Edison print adverts that they would like to scan (particularly at 600 DPI), I would love to get more non-Victor content in here.
George responded:MordEth wrote:I assume that’s a painted metal horn? In the photo, it looks so glossy that it could almost be plastic, but I know that they did not make plastic horns.
From what I can tell (and as you all probably know, I am by no means an expert), he did a very good job with the color and finish on the horn, and certainly a better one than I would have done.phonogfp wrote: No, it's not plastic! Someone had used bright red Testor's or some other undesirable paint on this horn, so I had to repaint it the correct shade of Chinese Red. The bell section is aluminum.
And in avatar size:
To quote his information about it:
Napoleon wrote:A 1909 "Pigmy Grand" from The Gramophone Company and the first ever table model of any description from this company, providing customers with both the "Hornless" option and an easily transportable machine to boot!
The follow-up to this machine was a range of "Hornless" gramophones intro'd in 1910 with model No.s 1, 3 & 6. These would be of the more familiar pattern we see today with the plywood horn immediately behind a wooden slatted grille behind a pair of doors. HMV would not venture into the realms of a compact portable machine with integrated carrying case until 1920.
By turning a knurled screw on the back-bracket, the tone-arm is quickly released from the assembly thus making it a compact unit and easily transported in a leather carrying case (sadly this is missing from my collection )
These were produced in oak, mahogany and satinwood. There was also a double-spring motor variant which is easily identifiable by the serpentine base and overhanging motor board arrangement. To date I have only ever seen 3 double-spring versions and they all appeared on Ebay within weeks of each other (all had some condition issues)!
This single spring example has replacement turntable felt and curiously a G & T Exhibition soundbox (most extant examples have a Gramophone Co. Exhibition s/box). The winder is a modern replacement.
The rest of the machine is untouched and in remarkable original condition.
I will let her tell you about it, as she is far more knowledgeable than I am. It can also be found in our slowly expanding ‘machines’ category of the stock avatar gallery, and I will be adding a transparency of it while open in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future.
And here is the cut version (although I opted to keep the signature):
I spent a bit of time attempting to wicker-tone it, but I did not come up with any images that was I tremendously pleased with, particularly at avatar-size on this background color.