John Sleep

Author: John Sleep

Gasket Rubber Tubing

Gramophone sound-boxes have a mica or metal diaphragm supported around the edge. In most sound-boxes thin rubber tubing is used as the support and as rubber tends to perish and become harder with age, the gaskets need to be replaced from time to time. The tubing used nowadays tends to be made from a modern […]

HMV Model 97 Portable

In about 1931 HMV and Columbia were taken over by EMI. Several portable gramophones continued to be made, often with combinations of parts from each company. the HMV model 102 was the most popular portable gramophone on sale but its price at about £5 was too expensive for many. The model 97 was produced as […]

Gramophone needle boxes

Among the accessories available to collectors of gramophone items are very attractive wooden needle boxes. These usually had storage room for needles, sometimes a selection, and a covered in section for used needles. The boxes often carried the name of the retailing shop or a well known gramophone maker. In the selection in the picture […]

Pyramid Needle Tins

Some of the more interesting tins produced for wind-up gramophones in the 20s and 30s are the “Pyramid” tins. As with the more usual tins there are different colours for a variety of needles of different tones and uses. The picture shows a small selection of tins in good condition but also some really rare […]

Bandmaster Portable Gramophone

Here is an interesting portable gramophone from the early 1920s. Bandmaster was a name used by a German manufacturing Company and several different types of Bandmaster gramophones found their way into the UK in the early 1920s. This is an example of a simple portable machine in an oak case and with an unusual pierced […]

Dulcetto Portable Gramophone

Another of the well known names of gramophones that appeared in the 1920s was Dulcetto. The origins of the name is not wholly clear, but appears to have been used by the British Polyphon Company. Christopher Proudfoot in his book “Collecting Phonographs and Gramophones” (That I refer to all the time!) says that Dulcetto gramophones […]

HMV Table Grand Model 108

This is an example of an HMV table top gramophone from about 1924. The model 108. It is a quite rare example and collectors will be more familiar with the very similar later model 109. It has the same good quality double spring No.32 motor, but the internal horn is cast iron and the sound-box […]

HMV Model 99 Portable

This is an example of one of the last new designs produced by HMV in the early 1930s. The portable gramophone model 99 is given a new styling with an all-metal motor-board and sideways shape. It uses the No.16 sound-box, a 23B motor and 9″ turntable. There is an auto-brake that actually works! The blue […]

Columbia Bamboo Cutter

This is a scissors type of cutter for bamboo (fibre) needles, with its original box. Price £55

Columbia Model 201

Here is a very nice example of the Columbia 201 portable gramophone from about 1929. Columbia gramophones are always well made and compare well with contemporary HMV machines, but are usually much cheaper to buy. This 201 is in very good original condition with undamaged chrome plating and a quality No.9 sound-box free from the […]