Created by John Sleep on Thursday 27th of September 2018 09:22:39 AM

I usually avoid buying cabinet gramophones as most people don’t have room for large pieces of furniture. However for the true 78rpm record enthusiast the one cabinet machine they might consider is the Model 163

In the 1930s HMV made a series of very good cabinet gramophones: the smallest was the 145, then the 157, the 163, 193 and finally the massive¬† 203. All used very good 5A or 5B soundboxes, but HMV developed the special “Re-entrant” horn system which gave excellent quality amplification by allowing the sound-waves to recycle through a series of chambers before emerging to the listener. The smallest model with a genuine re-entrant horn is the model 163. The larger models can give excellent results but I don’t think the extra size and cost give proportionally better results.

This gramophone is in very good condition and plays well with a No.5A soundbox. The excellent double spring No.32 motor has been fully serviced.

Price £575

This is a heavy gramophone and would have to be collected in person from TR8 5SE or a special courier could be arranged.