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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 11:07:07 AM on 23 April 2019.
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 Location: Kempsey, NSW
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Hi everyone,

Acquired a 78s record player at an auction not long ago which interested me as it was the first 78s record player I have seen on its own. Usually I see them as part of a radiogram.

What caught my interest was that the cabinet design was the exact same as the AGE M546B radio I have. Photos will be included once I send them to Brad. If Brad finds the photos not good enough, let me know and I will get better ones made.

What I would like to know if anybody can provide some knowledge on the record player of it history i.e. where it was made etc. Since the cabinet design is identical to the radio, it would be easy to conclude the player was made around 1936. There are no brand markings on the cabinet which seems unusual, however the markings on the turntable says, "BT-H". It uses needles and not cartridges. You can see a red one sitting in a round well on the turntable.

I have not heard of that brand with the exception of Collaro and Garrard.

Apart from plugging the player to AC supply (I have yet to do so and will not until I ascertain it is safe to do so), the record player has two separate pins to connect to a unit such as a console radio, that would play the sounds from the records. Interestingly, the pins look not unlike the ones that would connect a speaker to radios of late 1920s vintage. Only one pin still remains on the cable. Would that type of connection be typical of the period for this record player?

Your help would be appreciated in expanding my knowledge of vintage gear that I collect.



 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 3:08:33 PM on 23 April 2019.
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 Location: Melbourne, VIC
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BT-H: British Thomson-Houston?

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 4:02:08 PM on 25 April 2019.
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 Location: Greenwich, NSW
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Photos uploaded.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 4:19:18 PM on 25 April 2019.
GTC's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Re the audio connection plug, unfortunately your photos don't show that detail.

Is there any brand or other markings on the motor?

BTW: Those needles were designed to be used once only and tossed away. However, despite that notice on the tin, most people continued to use one needle until it "went blunt" thereby progressively destroying the grooves in their records.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 8:05:29 AM on 27 April 2019.
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 Location: Kempsey, NSW
 Member since 6 December 2016
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Apologies for the delay in responding, work commitments got in the way.

Thanks Brad for including the photos.

MonochromeTV, that is an interesting suggestion to find the history of the brand. Never heard of the brand. Thanks.

GTC, sorry the audio pin was not included in the photo. Will send another photo to assist. Another way to describe the pin is that it looks like the pins that I have seen on 1920s high impedance headphones advertised on Ebay.

Will open the cabinet to have a look at this weekend and take photos if needed of the motor. Didn't know the needles were of the single use kind however I should have noted that with the records spinning at the speed it is designed for, the needles will no doubt wear out sooner. Something new to learn.


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 Location: Albury, NSW
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Nice old unit!
A Star fell from Heaven......old old song that one!

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