Category: Gramophone

Four Minute “Amberols”

Not to be confused with “Blue Amberols”, these early four minute cylinders were produced in the period around 1910 and were developed for customers who wanted more than the very short two minute cylinder recordings then available. Two minute recordings, which must have seemed magical at the time, were so short that music had to […]

Blue Amberol Phonograph Cylinders

I have a large number of Blue Amberol phonograph cylinders in stock, mostly in their original boxes and in good condition. These records are from the early part of the 20th century and were a great improvement on the original wax cylinders that played for only two minutes. The Blue Amberols played for four minutes […]

Apollo Portable Gramophone

Apollo is the name used by the firm Craies & Stavridi for gramophones 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 s a very well made portable gramophone in the standard form of most […]

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. […]