Probably the most sought after small gramophone for collectors is the Swiss made “Mikiphone”, not to be confused with the Japanese “Mikkyphone”, another interesting miniature.
The Mikiphone was designed and built by the Vadasz brothers and marketed in 1924. It looks like a large pocket watch about 4″ in diameter and all the components, including a two piece bakelite resonator, fit inside. Although the design is ingenious, there are a couple of problems with the machine as a workable gramophone. Firstly the small mainspring, even when fully wound, is not quite strong enough to play through a 10″ record reliably and secondly, the delicate bakelite resonator is made from a material that shrinks over time and it is difficult to squeeze it into place inside the case without risking splitting it. Once squeezed in and the lid closed, it is a real challenge to prize the components apart!
However! This example. although showing signs of its age actually works as it should and is a real collector’s item in wholly original condition. An added bonus is that the original round needle tins carrying the “Mikiphone” name is present. A rare
Price £425 including p&p within the UK