September 2018

Replacement backs for HMV 5A/5B/ No.4 sound-boxes

Created by Andrew Gasiorowski on Wednesday 12th of September 2018 09:00:29 PM : Gramophone

Increasingly HMV gramophones from the 1930s are turning up with 5A or 5B sound-boxes that have suffered damage due to the alloys used in their construction. These alloys , known as “Mazac” or “Potmetal” tend to swell with age and damage occurs, especially around the locating pin where the sound-box is attached to the tone-arm. […]

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Jazz and Swing Records

Louis Armstrong

I have (probably) the largest collection of Jazz, Swing and Dance recordings on 78s available for sale in the South West. With names like Louis Armstrong, Bunk Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw and lesser known, but excellent, recording artists like Wingy Manone, Mezz Mezzrow, Sydney Bechet, Eddie Lang and Joe […]

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Telescopic Horn


This is a very well made replica of the telescopic aliuminium horn as found on some models of “Peter Pan” “Cameraphone” type miniature gramophones. These horns are often missing and finding a good replica might be very welcome! The picture shows the horn fitted to a typical “Cameraphone” type gramophone. Further examples of this item […]

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HMV Model 101 Portable Gramophone

HMV 101 Black

Good quality vintage wind-up gramophones are getting hard to find and as more and more enthusiasts are discovering these early music machines the supply is dwindling. One of the classic portables of the 1920s was the HMV model 101. It has a reliable motor and a very good No.4 sound-box and a large mica diaphragm […]

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“Sarona” Portable Gramophone

Sarona Gramophone

Here is a French portable gramophone from the 1920s. Rather more elaborate in design than most of the UK models from the same period, this portable is intended to play standard 78s. The condition is fair, showing some signs of wear There is a shelf for storing a few records in the lid rather like […]

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Decca Model 110 Portable Gramophone

Decca 110 Gramophone

Here is a good Decca portable gramophone from the late 1920s Moving away from the reflex style “bowl-in-the-lid” design for Decca machines, this portable gramophone is similar in appearance to most of the models available in the 1920s This example is in very good condition and actually has the Decca record book in the lid, […]

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