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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A vintage Edison 'Gem' cylinder phonograph, with oak dome cover, complete with a black painted horn and two phonographic cylinders.

A vintage Edison Amberola 30 Phonograph C. 1915, oak case with internal horn, needs attention for borer. In running order. Dimensions 35 cm x 8 cm.

An early Edison console model diamond disc Gramophone, with two reproducers long play and standard. Date c. 1928, oak case with turned stretcher. Dimensions 89 cm x 0 cm.

An Edison home model Phonograph C. 1900, oak case (needs restoration). Part of the large external horn is missing. Case length 41 cm.

A brown Vulcanite suitcase containing Edison cylindrical Records, thirty one blue Amberol phonograph records, mostly in original cardboard tubes.

Thomas A. Edison home Phonograph in an oak case with a metal horn, winder & twenty cylinders, the metal plate reading 'Edison home Phonograph manufactured under the Patents of Thomas A. Edison, et al, at Orange, N.J., U.S.A. Oct. 27, 1896. May, 31,

Edison cylinder Amberola phonograph. Provenance: Bryan Jackson collection of music boxes and toys

Edison diamond disc phonograph, early 20th century. 112 cm high, 45 cm wide, 51 cm deep

Edison Home Phonograph with large brass and black painted horn on stand. Horn 126 cm

Edison Standard phonograph in oak case with blue horn and stand. Horn 73 cm

Edison table top cylinder phonograph in oak case. 34 cm high, 32 cm wide, 40 cm deep

Edison Model D cylinder phonograph with impressive polygonal horn and stand. 92 cm high

An Edison Standard Phonograph model H in oak case serial number 660140, 35 x 34 x 25 cm

An Edison diamond disc cabinet phonograph, Chippendale model, Circa 1920. 130 cm high, 56 cm wide, 60 cm deep. Together with a collection of phonograph discs (18 items)

A Thomas Edison 'Gem' table model cylinder phonograph in an oak case with 5 cylinders, Circa 1905 with later horn

An Edison standard phonograph c.1900 complete with reproducer, horn, crank and in working condition 30 cm high, 34 cm wide x 25 cm deep

Edison phonograph, home model (with lid)

Edison Phonograph, home model. Complete with crank, lid and reproducer

Antique oak cased 'Edison' cylinder player by Columbia, New York and London in estate condition, approx 31 cm high, 37 cm wide, 23 cm deep

Edison home Phonograph cylinder record player with original horn & approximately 27 records

A floor mode 'Edison' gramophone and records 44 x 51 x 120 cm

Thomas A. Edison fireside Phonograph in an oak case with a metal horn & winder, the metal plate reading 'Edison fireside Phonograph Combination type manufactured under the Patents of Thomas A. Edison, et al, at Orange, N.J., U.S.A. Oct. 27, 1896. May, 31,

Antique Edison home phonograph cylinder with painted horn, serial number 241959

Edison standard phonograph with a box of Amberol cylinders. In working order.

Edison diamond record player, with wind up movement, numerous records included

An Edison standard cylinder Phonograph. Together with original wooden boxes of Edison cylinders.

Edison, phonograph cylinders; mixed group. (75 items)

Edison, phonograph cylinders; mixed group. (75 items)

Edison, Upright grand disk gramophone with seventy eight disks

37 Edison diamond disc records, including one gold label 24 minute disc

Edison diamond disc player console and discs. Sideboard style on stretcher base. Functioning. Two heads/reproducers. Tip missing to back leg. Height 89 cm. Width 91 cm. Diameter 53 cm

Edison standard phonograph and horn. Lidded oak case. Type C Reproducer. Functional

Edison Amberola table top phonograph. Walnut case with metal fret. Complete but A/F. Height 38 cm. Width 37 cm. Diameter 49 cm

An early 20th century Edison standard cylindrical phonograph with oak case and two part external horn. Numbered 420052, circa 1910. Later horn. Height 105 cm