Guiniphone

Guiniphone

Categories: Gramophone

Here is one of the more unusual and experimental gramophones made by the Vickers-Armstrong Company in 1929. The Vickers Company started in Sheffield in 1819 and was involved in the manufacture of armaments ( especially known for the Maxim machine gun) but also cars, ships torpedoes and aircraft. In 1927 Vickers became Vickers- Armstrong and it seems strange that the company should introduce this strange gramophone shortly afterwards.
Several manufacturers toyed with the idea of using a large diaphragm in place of an amplifying horn, as in the HMV “Lumiere” gramophones and the French Pathe “Diffuser” models The Guiniphone used a carboard cone that is folded together and bolted to the metal arm on the end of which is the needle attachment. ( A similar model appeared in the USA called the “Polly Portable”). Despite the odd design the gramophone plays very well and nowadays is a real collector’s item. This example has the “Vickers-Armstrong” red label inside the case. The first I have seen.
From a practical point of view it is disappointing that Vickers have made the gramophone with riveted joints which makes the machine almost unserviceable if anything goes wrong.

Price £240 plus p&p