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HMV Model 163 Upright Grand in Mahogany
Circa 1928

Originally part of the Ian Calderbank Collection of Gramophones.
This Gramophone has been Sold, but the details might be of interest to fellow Collectors.
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Advert from the 1930 HMV Catalogue

Gramophones for sale HMV Model 163 Advert

Notes about this Gramophone


The 163 introduced in October 1927 was available until circa 1931. Dimensions:- 39.75" high, 22" wide, 21.5" Deep

Unlike many Gramophones, there is no record storage compartment on the 163. The space below the playing deck is completely taken up with a very special type of Gramophone Horn. This is the "Re-entrant" Horn, being a complicated design, it represented the most successful attempt to fold a mathematically calculated exponential horn so as to fit within a cabinet. This Horn design and the use of the superb 5A Soundbox (where the needle goes in) represented the pinnacle of quality sound reproduction obtainable from the acoustic Gramophone. This was HMV's finest and last design for wind-up acoustic Gramophones.
The Gramophone has an automatic pointer which moves to show the record playing speed. It has a brown 12" turntable with powerful two spring motor. There is an original Retailers label, but it is somewhat unclear. George F Smithd??, 129-131 Newington Butts, S?? ?03 Wallworth Road, S??.
The Gramophone comes with a facsimile copy of the owners original Operating Instructions. In addition there is one quite a rare item attached to the Tonearm - a record cleaning brush which dusts the record grooves during playing.

Condition:- As with all mahogany furniture there are a few minor marks and blemishes on the case, but it is in very good condition as is the nickel plate. The gold silk cloth in front of the horn that is found replaced on so many Gramophones is original and in excellent condition.

I have tried to describe the Gramophone accurately. However, it must be born in mind unlike many "Antiques" that have been safely stored against the ravages of time in a display cabinet; the Gramophone was a Domestic Appliance which was a main source of home entertainment.
Realistically the only Gramophones that won't show signs of age are over restored examples, or the reproduction models imported from the Far East.

HMV Model 163 Upright Grand in Mahogany

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