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HMV Model 102 Portable in Black
Originally part of the Ian Calderbank Collection of Gramophones.
This Gramophone has been Sold, but the details might be of interest to fellow Collectors.
Advert from the 1936 HMV Catalogue
"THE WORLD'S FINEST PORTABLE"
(HMV's description of this Gramophone - Possibly No Advertising Standards Agency in the 1930's?).
When the HMV model 102 portable Gramophone was introduced in July 1931 it represented and has remained until finally phased out in 1960 the pinnacle of portable Gramophone excellence. During its long history improvements took place. The part that holds the needle and produces the sound is called the Soundbox, this Gramophone has the excellent Model 5B Soundbox. The Gramophone also benefits from the powerful 270D motor.
At the List price in March 1953 of £11-2-11 (£11-15)it was quite expensive compared to cheap electric Record Players. With its high cost, this late Wind-up Gramophone must be quite rare.
On the motor deck under the turntable is the serial number 102H b/18 90674.
The model "H" was introduced in March 1953. This Gramophone can be dated to 1954 because in 1936 HMV introduced a date system for all their products, "B" was 1936 and "B/1" 1937 - hence b/18 is 1954.
The Gramophone is in very good physical and mechanical condition and has just been serviced by a specialist Gramophone engineer who has removed, cleaned and repacked the mainspring in modern grease ready for many more decades of use.
Please take into account this Gramophones age and it was a domestic item for general entertainment in the home (and picnics) hence there will be minor imperfections.
HMV Model 102 Black Portable Gramophone
(A facsimile copy of the original owners Operating and Servicing Instructions accompanies the Gramophone)
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