Information about the name “Tournaphone” is hard to find and often confused. In Christopher Proudfoot’s reference book “Collecting Phonographs and Gramophones” he mentions that the gramophones were introduced to the UK by Murdoch and Company and made by the German Symphonion Company in Leipzig from about 1906. Other references mention that the gramophones were produced in co-operation with the French company Pathe. Certainly in the case of this small gramophone some of the features are Pathe-like especially the start/stop mechanism and speed control. The Tournaphone sound-box is designed to play standard 78s with a needle although with a modified reproducer and using a sapphire stylus, “Hill-and-Dale” records could be played as might have been the case originally.
This nice little gramophone has an 8″ turntable and a pale purple embossed horn in its original colours. The case is interestingly figured and the gramophone was originally sold by Samuel Beaton in Sherbourne ,Dorset.
The gramophone comes with 100 needles and a small selection of 78s if required. The gramophone works well but, as with all of the early gramophones, should be used with care and sparingly. This model is quite a rarity!
This gramophone would have to be collected in person from TR8 5SE as I would be reluctant to use a courier.