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Discovering antique phonographs
Fabrizio, Timothy C.
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Atglen, PA : Schiffer Pub., [2000]

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234 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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TS2301.P3 F299 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Out of attics and barns, out from under the dust of a century, out of collections far and wide come these spectacular survivors of the phonograph's early years. In 1996, the authors began writing a history of recorded sound. After two successful books, they have continued traveling, researching and documenting these wonderful machines. Few could have imagined how much remained to be discovered! Out of these further explorations, this gorgeous new book has come to life-illustrating entirely different talking machines. Through over 400 beautiful color illustrations, follow the progress of the acoustic talking machine from its crude beginnings in the 1870s to its most splendid and sophisticated heights in the early 20th century. An unparalleled archive of rare, fascinating, and previously undocumented objects has been assembled. The story behind the beautiful, bright machinery is told through clear and insightful descriptions, revealing many previously unpublished facts. A value guide will further enlighten the collector on the modern marketplace. Be ready to embark on an astounding journey. Prepare to discover the incredible variety and endearing charm of the antique phonograph.unding journey. Prepare to discover the incredible variety and endearing charm of the antique phonograph.

Author Notes

Timothy C. Fabrizio and George F. Paul are accomplished authorities on talking machines and are both residents of New York State. Tim is currently restoring and dealing these machines. George's "Phonograph Forum" column has been a feature of the New Amberola Graphic since 1983.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 6
Introductionp. 7
Chapter 1 1877-1893p. 8
Edison's Phonograph is Bornp. 9
Augustus Stroh, Scientist of Soundp. 11
Other Innovators in the Fieldp. 13
Edison's Enthusiasm Reawakensp. 18
Spite Marriagep. 21
Berliner Achieves the Disc Recordp. 33
Chapter 2 1894-1903p. 35
The Genius Behind Columbia's Successp. 39
The Cylinder Talking Machine Businessp. 45
The Disc Talking Machine Businessp. 49
Chapter 3 1904-1911p. 83
Small Enterprise Booms and Then Busts in the United Statesp. 83
Elements of the European Marketp. 88
Chapter 4 1912-1919p. 151
A Brief History of the Theory Behind C.B. Repp's Vitaphonep. 151
The Visceral Vitaphonep. 153
The "Vertical" 'Teens and the Realignment of the Market Following the First World Warp. 168
Chapter 5 1920-1929p. 192
The Cabinet is Kingp. 192
A Menace in the Airp. 202
The Spark of Innovationp. 211
Technology and Artp. 218
Edison: "The First Shall be Last"p. 218
Value Code Keyp. 235
Bibliographyp. 236
Glossaryp. 237
Indexp. 238