Thomas Edison, who is usually credited with the invention of the gramophone, actually put his faith in cylinder music machines (phonographs) for self-recording and playback. It was Emile Berliner who invented the disc record and found that this format could be manufactured in large numbers whereas cylinders were always difficult to make. Disc records, and the machines to play them, became the popular form of entertainment and cylinder machines and the cylinders themselves gradually lost ground.
Late in the day, Edison produced the Diamond disc player, based to a large extent on the phonograph, still using a diamond stylus and playing "Hill-and-Dale". His discs were of his own design and were almost a quarter of an inch thick to reduce warping! The Diamond disc players were wonderful pieces of kit, and sold reasonably well in America but did not catch on well in the UK partly because they were expensive. The quality of sound reproduction was excellent however.
If you are lucky enough to have a Diamond Disc player, you will know that it is quite difficult to find these elusive records. I have recently been fortunate enough to get hold of a number of these records and am now offering them for sale
Unfortunately the discs are very heavy and postage will not be cheap. A list of titles can be supplied of required.
Price:£10 each plus postage