John Sleep

Author: John Sleep

“Perophone” Horned Gramophone

The name “Perophone” is probably best known for the small quirky gramophones that appeared in the 1920s. These include the “Grippa” and the popular “PIxie Grippa”. The gramophones were made in the UK and marketed by the Vernon Lockwood Company.This gramophone has been virtually rebuilt and re-motored, but most of the component parts are original […]

Regal Horned Gramophone

Here is a very nice example of a small “Regal” horned gramophone from about 1910. I note that the motor used is Marked “Edison-Bell” so I assume that the Regal name was used by that company, The gramophone is of simple design with a single spring motor, 10″ turntable and a hinged lid. There is […]

Columbia 109A Portable Gramophone.

This another popular small portable from the late 1920s. The model 109A.it has a 10″ turntable, manual brake and the very good Columbia No.9 sound-box.There is a storage shelf in the lid to hold a few records (Not too many!)7 The condition is fair with some signs of wear and the carry handle has been […]

HMV Model 101 Portable

This is a nice example of a classic portable gramophone from the mid 1920s. The HMV 101 was the most popular portable during the dance craze period and remains a popular amongst collectors today.It has a simple basic design with a single spring motor, 10″ turntable and manual brake. The sound quality is very good […]

Gramohone Sound-Boxes

There are many different types of sound-boxes. Ideally the one for your gramophone should be the original one with the same logo as the gramophone itself, however it is often necessary to find a replacement sound-box or to upgrade the one you have. There are two main types of sound-box, the standard one as found […]

“Davey” Bamboo Needle Cutter

One of the “Fibre” needle types favoured amongst collectors is made from bamboo wood, hardened and dried. These needles have a triangular cross section and can be re-sharpened several times before they get too short to use. This cutter, shaped like a pair of scissors, was produced for use with EMG gramophones and were made […]

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 […]

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 […]