From about 1890 Edison and other companies produced phonographs that played cylinders of recorded music and speech. The original cylinders were made from wax that were ( and still are) very fragile. Emile Berliner in the US invented and patented the first flat disc recordings and since they proved to be much easier to reproduce in large numbers, the disc business gradually outstripped the use of cylinders. Edison developed the much superior “Blue Amberol|” four minute cylinders to try to regain a share in the market, but by 1920, phonographs and recordings on cylinders were finished. Some very effective phonographs were produced in the latter stages including s series of “Amberolas” that played the new Blue Amberols almost exclusively. Among these was the neatest, most pleasing, Amberola 30 as seen in the picture. First offered for sale in 1915. The special reproducer was the “Diamond B”. This example is wholly original and works really well.