Category: Gramophone

Selecta Portable Gramophone

This is a good example of one of the many smaller makes of gramophone from the 1920s. “Selecta” gramophones are well made and from standard components that were found on most of the gramophones at the time. There is a reliable Garrard 20 motor, a 10″ turntable, an auto-brake system, triggered by the tone-arm as […]

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 […]

Apollo Portable Gramophone

Apollo is the name used by the firm Craies & Stavridi for gramophone they imported and sold in the UK from about 1916 to 1930. Apollo gramophones appear in many types and the workings are from the Paillard Company in Switzerland. This portable gramophone takes the standard form for portables of the 1920s. It plays […]

Decca Portable Gramophone

Decca gramophones were made in the UK by Barnett Samuel Company. The company started production in 1914. Many of the early designs used the “Bowl in the lid” method to amplify the sound where, instead of using a horn, the sound was bounced off a metal bowl and outwards toward the listener. This was a […]

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


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. […]