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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 10:45:08 AM on 25 April 2013.
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 Location: Cameron Park, NSW
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The recent thread on a long playing mechanical gramophone prompted me to go out to the shed and have another listen to my Edison Diamond Disc phonograph, arguably the first long playing record player.

With "hill and dale" (vertical cutting), they achieved 150 grooves per inch, resulting in a 5 minute playing time on a 10 inch record. Later in the 1920's a format using some 450 grooves per inch was developed, however it was not a commercial success.

I continue to be amazed at both the volume and sound quality that the Diamond Disc could produce. My Edison is the model BC-34, "Baby Console".

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 Location: Canberra, ACT
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Yes, with a well-engineered horn, the best mechanical gramophones could fill a church hall with dance music, and even get complaints from the neighbours!


 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 10:38:48 PM on 9 May 2013.
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 Location: Frenchs Forest, NSW
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HMV RE-Entrant was the Rolls Royce of Gramophones like this.

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