John Sleep

Author: John Sleep

Rare Australian Record.

This is a rare 78 produced by the Australian Travel Association. Side one and the cover sleeve refer to the song of the Kookaburra or “The bird that laughs” and is narrated by Edith Appleton and Terence Crisp. Side two is “Australia’s amazing fauna” by Dr. E Nicholls. For the collector of unusual early records […]

Broadcast “Super” Portable Gramophone.

Here is a very nice, slightly smaller, portable gramophone called the “Broadcast”. An advert in the 1928 edition of“The Sound-Wave” gives the dimensions as approximately 13 x 9 x 6 ins.and indicates that the gramophone was made by “Vocalion Gramophone Co. ” Hayes Middlesex Despite its small size, it plays a 10″ 78 record with […]

Replacement back-plates for the HMV No.5A sound-box

An engineer colleague has managed to produce a few more of the backplates that fit the HMV No.5A or 5B sound-boxes. More and more of the originals are suffering from pot-metal decay and develop cracks , especially around the locating pin but also more generally. The pot-metal alloy swells with age and this means that […]

British Music Hall on Record

Here is an opportunity to acquire a rare and unique book by Brian Rust. Brian Rust is probably bet known for his comprehensive reference book “Jazz Records 1897-1942” but here the same detailed work concentrates on Music Hall recordings on discs and cylinders. This hard backed example is in excellent condition and is a must […]

Apollo Portable Gramophone

Here is another small portable gramophone with the name “Apollo”., Collector’s will know that Apollo gramophones were made by the Swiss Copmany, Palliard and this portable is from the early 1920s. Christopher Proudfoot in an article in “For the record” referred to this particular model as the “Phoebus”. Apollo gramophones experimented with the “Reflex” sound-system […]

HMV Model 102 Portable Gramophone

Here is another example of the very popular HMV Model 102 portable gramophone. from about 1933. This example plays well. but has been completely re-built and fitted with a new motor-board.. It has the much approved No.5A sound-box which is in good condition and free from “pot-metal” damage. A replacement 5A sound-box will now fetch […]

Early Horned Gramophone

Here is a horned ghramophone from about 1910. On the front of the case, rather faded, is the name “Mastertone”. The gramophone has been fully serviced and restored and plays well, but like most of these basic machines of this age should be used sparingly. The continental style steel embossed horn has been re-painted in […]

Decca Model 44 Portable Gramophone

RESERVED Decca 44 Portable Gramophone The Decca Company produced interesting gramophones from the time of the First WW, when they made their name by producing portable gramophones that could be sent off to the front to entertain the troops. Although not actually the first portable gramophones, they gained that reputation. Early models had the “Bowl […]

Gramophone and Phonograph reference books.

Gramophone and Phonograph References I am frequently asked about the origins and history of the talking machines that turn up in attics, barns and occasionally on waste tips, or that have been passed down through the family. Many are over 100 years old now and trying to find out about where they came from is […]