Category: Gramophone

“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 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]