My collection

 
The most gramophones in my collection are poratables, case (table top) or cabinet.
My second gramophone (the first one was the horn gramophone which I decribe in introduction - About me) in my small collection. It is the czechoslovakian portable gramophone from 1953 - SUPRALION KP06 made by Supraphon. It has storage for needles on his left side, automatic stop/start brake operate by tone arm and aluminium sound box ZV-02. Small number of records you can carry on the turntable. From the top side hold them the special spring clamp.
Size: 30 x 40 x 15 cm  
 
 
SUPRAPHON KP06 - 1953 
 
 
The Columbia model 162 Viva-tonal portable. Luxury model among portables from 1928-29 (originally price was $50!). It plays very nice, clear and loud. Note the prominent offset of the tone arm. The technological improvement in portable gramophones by the late 1920s was evident in this model.
Size: 34 x 45 x 20 cm
 
 

Singin´ in the Rain

 
 
Briton model B
German Briton Model B 1930. Front side crank is typical for early portable machines. This model has a single spring motor but also made with double spring. It has storage for needles and can carry several records in its lid. Case was fully restored with new rexine.
 Size: 29 x 40 x 15 cm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Small table top gramophone Favrola which was typical for the twenties  of last century.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Leophon
Small portable gramophone Leophon from Germany. Internal horn is on the left side. It is covering by a small door and can volume control. Gramophone is from twenties period in good working condition. Only turntable is the new one.
Size: 29 x 25 x 13 cm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Black HMV 101
Famous portable HMV model 101 in black from 1929-30. This model has the automatic brake operate by tone arm. Model 101 was made during 1925-1931 and it was (and still is) very favourite model among portables. It has very good and quite single spring motor. Sounbox no. 4 with mica diaphragm provide very good, clear and loud sound. It has a storage in the lid for several records.
If you decide to buy any good portable model machine that´s the right choice. Recommend!
 
Taste the orginal music from the roaring twenties on this machine (Savoy Havan Band - Whistling).
 

HMV 101

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                      
Coloured HMV 101
The De Luxe 101 Models in green, light blue and red leather. The De Luxe (coloured) models were first appeared in 1927 and more rare than black model due to its smaller production and higher price. Coloured HMV 101 models were more expensive by about half pound. It seems a little? But the average salary was 2-3 pounds per week! How would you decide wether you know that the colour hasn´t any effect to quality of sound?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HMV 145
Smaller cabinet gramophone from HMV company model 145 ´Bijou´ Grand (1929-33). It was for a customer having no spare table space to put it on. Originally price was £15 (oak) and £17 (mahogany).
It has motor no. 32 double spring, 30 cm turntable, soundbox No. 5a and self-releasing automatic brake no.3. This machine was adapted with coin opearted mechnism by local dealer in  the past. Origin it was operated for 50 halers. Now operate for 50 cents coin.
This one I obtained in poor condition see Restoration.
Size: 87 cm high, 46 cm wide and 43 cm deep.
HMV 145 inside
HMV 145 open
 
 
 
 
Cabinet gramophone from about 1925. This machine is probably also from Germany but is very similar to HMV model 160. It has good soundbox with mica diaphragm, 30 cm turntable, double spring motor and the large storage for records. Top pair of doors covering the internal horn and can operate volume by them. Bottom pair of doors covering the storage place for discs. Nice and well-preserved machine ith good clear reproduction.
Let me comfort you by nice song from the twenties Cover Me Up  with Sunshine by Alfredo´s Band.
Size: 110 cm high, 52 cm wide and deep also.
 
 

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Cabinet like HMV 160

 

Mikiphone
Swiss Mikiphone is probably one of the smallest mechanical gramophone made in all over the world. It can by assembly to case with diameter only 11,5 cm and high less than 5 cm. The weight is slightly more than 1 kg. It is able to play the standard record (25 cm) with the suprisingly reproduction. Due to small diameter of turntable (only 10 cm) the record holds on it by a special clamp. Resonator is made from plastic and is connect direct to sound box. Every parts (soundbox with arm, resonator and turntable as you can see on picture) you can assembly to small case.
Several words from history: It was in November 1924 as the "Mikiphone" was patented by the Vadász brothers from Geneva. Later, there was signed contracts with the Paillard company from Ste-Croix (Switzerland) to produce this machine. After some initial problems, the production runs at full speed. But the Vadász brothers was in troubles with this arrangement, to distribute 10000 pieces per month. Paillard reduces the production at 3000 pieces each month but also this quantity was to high. So in 1927 the production was cancelled. Total there was produced some 180000 "Mikiphone", from all of them a few in a luxury version with golden or silver case for a pretentious clients.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Portable from Germany ODEON Carlet 1928-32 has a deflector type of horn in lid. This type of machine are rare due to short number and time of  production.
 
ODEON CARLET
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Two POLYPHON gramophones (both from ca. 1923-24). Portable with horn in lid and the cabinet with internal "saxophone" horn type. The Polyphon company was well known by its mechanical music instruments production.
 
 
Polyphon gramophones
Cabinet Polyphon open
           
 
 One of the many types of internal horn Pathéphones manufactured during the 1912-14 period. It has saphir stylus and can plays only Pathé records due to another type of recording. Normally has shellac records horizontal recording but Pathé used vertical type of recording (and also Edison used vertical recording on his diamond discs). Record on the picture has center start.

Hornless Pathé

 
 
Hornless Pathé open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
A very little top table machine from the 1920s period. It has been offered as a good machine for learnig languages with very simply and clever construction. Turntable has in diameter 15 cm only. The gramophone is capable to play standard record (25 cm) without any restrictions.
Size: 34 cm x 24 cm x 12 cm in high 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Small Swiss picnic gramophone Phonophonette from about 1926. Also known as Maestrophone.
                                                                                                                                                                          
 
Phonophonette 1926
 
    

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Phonophonette 1926_01
 
 
Good table top machine with internal horn HMV 108 from 1924 - 1930. Sounbox No. 2, hand-set automatic brake and 25 cm turntable.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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