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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An American Astor Combination Radio Gramophone C. 1930-40, with unusual front loading turntable. Radio with short wave, walnut case. Dimensions 35 cm x 5 cm x 0 cm

An oak 'Acousola' sideboard Gramophone, Jacobean furniture style with twin internal horns, speakers and lift top centre. Dimensions 86 cm x 37 cm x 8 cm.

Part of a French Pathe internal horn vintage Gramophone, oak case with motor and turntable. Missing stylus, handle and fretted grill. Base width 35 cm.

A German vintage 'Selectaphon' Gramophone, no.2472. Circular table model with band decoration of raised fruit and cornucopia. Dimensions 30 cm x 0 cm.

A rare standing upright gramophone by Chapman Taylor, the Garrard Super turntable with Beltona Peridulce reproducer. Wooden horn and sound box below with four column legs. (turntable deficient), height 1,20 cm

A vintage French Pathe Elf Gramophone, in light coloured oak case. Dimensions 29 cm x 4 cm.

A rare German Klingsor miniature bureau cased gramophone, the oak case with leadlight doors above that open to reveal a cast iron harp frame with strings. Original motor. Height to top on pediment 96 cm.

Large French Pathe Gramophone with external horn, cast nickel plated brass fittings and stylus. 'Pathephone No10' on brass plaque. Horn width 58 cm

The Brooklyn 78RPM cabinet gramophone 52 cm wide, 120 cm high, working when tested, records included, reproducer and winder in office

A 1930s gramaphone horn converted to ceiling light, brass, fully rewired, 52 cm high, 41 cm deep

Gilbert gramophone in string inlaid walnut case, circa 1920s. 79 cm high, 61 cm wide, 52 cm deep

The Trutone oak cased table model gramophone, early 20th century. 31 cm high, 43 cm wide, 53 cm deep

Polydor table model gramophone, early 20th century. 40 cm high, 41 cm wide, 41 cm deep

Brunswick table model gramophone, early 20th century. 39 cm high, 50 cm wide, 51 cm deep

Cuckoo '. Junior'. American made portable gramophone in red leatherette case, early 20th century. 16 cm high, 35 cm wide, 28 cm deep

His Master's Voice gramophone (replica) with records, needles and winder

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.

Perfectone, table gramophone circa 1927 (built in Geelong)

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.

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