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This is an example of a Mark IX £MG gramophone from about 1932. These gramophones were the brainchild of Ellis Michael Ginn and the strong a selling point was that they were “Hand-Made” rather than mass produced. This meant that production was always a struggle for the company which split into two separate enterprises in 1930. EMG gramophones continued to be made, but Ginn started up a rival company making “Expert” hand- made gramophones and radios. The history of the competing enterprises is explained in detail in Francis James’s book “The EMG Story”.
After much experimentation with different materials, the hall-mark if the EMG machines was the choice of Papier Mache to construct the oversized horns. These horns, in combination with excellent sound-boxes give really excellent sound reproduction. the sound-box in this case is a modified “Meltrope” type of box.