Learn about Gramophone

In the evolution of mechanical music, the gramophone followed the phonograph and the graphophone, each of which was invented in the United States. For the gramophone, the music was recorded on a flat disk, unlike the phonograph and graphophone. However in modern usage, the words "gramophone" and "phonograph" are both sometimes used to describe a gramophone or a gramophone record.

The phonograph was invented by Thomas Edison in 1877, and its major disadvantage was that, as well as the reproduction being poor, each cylinder lasted for only one play.

The graphophone was an improved version of the phonograph and went into commercial production in about 1885. Invented at the Volta Laboratory established by Alexander Graham Bell, it used wax cylinders which lasted for multiple plays. However each cylinder had to be recorded separately, preventing mass reproduction, and also resulting in differences in sound between each.

In 1887, Emile Berliner, a German born American inventor working in Washington patented a successful system of sound recording on a disk, where the sound information was etched into the surface. more...
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Rexoport Gramophone. C.1929, wind up portable gramophone with 20 78rpm popular music records. Functional. Needles & cleaning pad.

Portable gramophone, has no pins & showing rust

'The Brunswick' Upright Gramophone 'The Brunswick' Upright Gramophone, with record storage to base. Missing motor mechanism and crank. 108 cm high, 48 cm wide, 53 cm deep

Homophone Upright gramophone, early 20th century. 123 cm high, 52 cm wide, 65 cm deep

Tonaphone Australian manufactured gramophone by 'Home Recreations Ld.' Sydney. 122 cm high, 48 cm wide, 63 cm deep

The Pixie Grippa Perophone portable gramophone, early 20th century.

Columbian, Tabletop gramophone in oak case circa 1927

Masterpiece grand, console gramophone in timber case circa 1927

Alba, console gramophone circa 1927 in polished walnut case

Band master, horse shoe shaped gramophone. Cylindrical inlaid timber cabinet on saber legs, circa late 1920's. Extremely rare

H.M.V hand-cranked consoled gramophone in walnut case, circa 1937. 45 x 43 x 87 cm

'Peter Pan' portable Gramophone, patent 1772/22, made in London, not in working order.

Vintage floor stand gramophone, manufactored home Recretation Ltd, Sydney and box records

Four single sided gramophone records- Melba, Caruso, McCormack & Lauder

Gramophone, with M'stoso No.2 M'strophone Reproducer, side wind handle, in home-built wooden cabinet, 50 x 59 x 121 cm, with castors on legs. in working order. Also range of records (37), mostly 78s

'Peter Pan' portable Gramophone, patent 1772/22, made in London, in working order.

His Masters Voice gramophone, with exhibition soundbox and side wind handle, rear mount brass horn of 43 cm diameter, older restoration in working order

Vintage 'Homochord' standing gramaphone with several records etc.

Thorens Excelda portable Gramophone, made in Switzerland, 78rpm disc phonograph, portable and in perfect working condition. Often referred to as the Cameraphone Gramophone due to its shape which is almost exactly the same as a Kodak camera, very rare

Mikky phone (patent and design) portable hand Crank gramaphone c1930, portable 78rpm disc phonograph. Advertised as 'Perfect for the picnic', self contained in small metal box, 12 x 14 x 9 cm, all original in working condition. A very rare machine

A late Victorian walnut music cabinet, scalloped top with brass gallery above a recessed bevelled mirror on a cabinet with glass door opening to a compartment for sheet music and a relief carved drawer for gramophone records all supported on four bracket f

A table top gramophone and horn, the pressed tin horn with original faux wood paint finish, the wooden case with geometric inlay to the front, working but requires attention

Two vintage tin gramophone needle tins with some contents

1920's Euphony Console Gramophone, dark stained veneer construction, functioning

Becker-Helier clock/gramophone with an oak case, carved columns, a speaker top and a brass dial. Only 300 of these items are known to have been made