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HOW TO MAKE A Phonograph & Blank & Record handbook onCD

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This Ebay listing is for the sale of a CD ROM edition of  a circa 1904 publication on Phonograph

CD ROM title : Phonograph

A handbook illustrated with examples of different types of instruments with full instructions for making a simple phonograph and the production of blanks and records.



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Originally published in 1904 by S Bottone

Presented in easy to view PDF file format.

Allows Zoom-in up to 300% to enlarge sections of the pages for easy reading.

Allows Printing of pages on your own printer.

Allows Copy and paste page image to other applications like a word processor or image editors.

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 Contains 88 pages.

The phonograph and gramophone are now so well known as not to call for any detailed description of their appearance. But as many are not so conversant with the moe in which they act, either with regard to their power of recording or that of afterwards reproducing sound, we give in the following pages sufficient information to enable anyone to form an intelligent conception of the acoustic principles which govern the phenomena, and which enable the taling machine to make a memorandum or “record” of any sound, be it noise or music, speech or howl, emitted within its range and then from this record to reproduce, at the will of the operator, the sounds thereon originally impressed. We follow this up by a brief historical outline of the work of different experimenters, which has culminated in the Phonograph as we now know it, with its perfected mechanical devices. We also give direactions for making a simple but efficient form, giving due prominence to the different types of recorders, records, and reproducers, as well as to the more delicate and noiseless forms of mechanism adapted to imparting the necessary motion to the records.

List of illustrations
1. Rendering sound vibrations visible
2. Leon Scott’s Phonautograph
3. Tracings produced by sound
4. Kratzenstein’s Reeds
5. Kempelen’s talking machine
6. Kempelen’s improved machine
7. Edison’s first phonograph
8. Edison’s bidwell’s modification
9. Bidwell’s sectional view
10. Bidwell’s speaking point
11. Electro-motor for phonographs
12. Barrel spring motor
13. Open spring motor
14. Gearing of motor
15. Three-ball governor
16. Guide-bar arrangement
17. Recorder, section and elevation
18. Recorder in perspective
19. Box of reproducer
20. Tube of reproducer
21. Section of reproducer
22. Drawing glass threads
23. Making glass bead
24. Magnified glass bead
25. Star support for bead
26. a and b, Bettini Reproducer, c, d, and e, various reproducers
27. Horn, suspended
28. Balanced reproducer
29. Pattern for horn
30. Coning horn
31. Making records
32. Blanks
33. Gold coating
34. Record cast
35. Moulding in wax
36. Pantographic duplicator
37. attachment of balanced reproducer
38. Phonograph and gramophone tracks
39. Gramophone sound-box
40. Gramophone complete.

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As a previous owner and collector having inherited a wonderful machine and some old fashioned Bakelite rolls from my Grandfather and his friends.

I fell in love with the sound of these old machines.

There was a personal quality to the voices, burps , chirps, rumble and all … it gave a sense of being connected to the creator of the story or tune or music in a way that none of the fancy digital recordings today give.

This was the era of hearing it exactly as it was … no filters, digital cleanup, no processing, it went in the diaphragm and onto the recording … a direct analog of the original voice …

A lovely personal voice, speaking to you … out a wonderful bell suspended from its own support tripod …

From the original direct diaphragm units to later electronic amplifier units, the goal was always, simplicity and durability and fidelity … a direct and accurate representation of the original voice and sounds.

So … whether you are a collector, a restorer, a technology historian, or just plain old fashioned nostalgic for yesteryear … there is something for you here …

Everything you never knew you never knew … about gramophones and phonographs and related “talking machines” of the early eras.

Some technical, some general history … a great amalgam of the evolution of this technology.

My kids think CD ROMs are ancient technology … but I long for the scratch and screech of yesteryear …

Perhaps you do also … for a simpler time when there were simpler messages in the music and chats … when soul and hope and innocence abounded … with delight in the moments one listened to these beautiful old machines and their music …

Great little tome … enjoy it … and don’t forget to put on some old time audio as you rummage its pages … a moment of joy and innocence is always good for the soul.




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