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HMV 203 GRAMOPHONE
THE TOP OF THE RANGE
UPRIGHT GRAND GRAMOPHONE IN MAHOGANY
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 1930 HMV Catalogue
The HMV 203 Gramophone was the most advanced top of the range Acoustic Gramophone that HMV ever produced.
The HMV 203 was introduced in February 1928 and production ceased in 1932. By February 1931 UK Sales totaled just 166; only the wealthy could afford this Gramophone?
The Gramophone contains the Re-entrant 4 Tone-Chamber Horn in zinc. It is a complicated design which mathematically folds a seven foot long horn into a cabinet. The reason is the longer the distance from the needle to the mouth of the horn the better the sound reproduction. This Gramophone represents the zenith of HMV's acoustic Gramophone development and design.
The serial number can be found under the used needle container "Model 203 Serial 2030000096". Unlike the non-sequential serial numbers of HMV Portables this is probably the 96th HMV 203 to be produced.
The automatic speed indicator has a moving arrow to indicate the speed of the 12" turntable.
The internal fittings are enameled gold plate.
The original retailer as identified at the rear of the lid was "James Smith & Son (Music sellers) Ltd., 76 / 72 Lord Street Liverpool".
The Gramophone has the HMV Model 52 Oil-bath trigger-actuated lubrication motor, this superseded the 4-spring motor found in earlier models to produce silent running.
There are two lid stays (introduced late 1928).
Dimensions 49.75" High, 29" Wide, 23.25" Deep
The Model 52 is a daunting motor beyond that of many Gramophone Engineers without experience. Mike Child is an excellent Gramophone Engineer who has much experience of this type of motor. He has replaced the mainsprings in this motor.
Another specialist Gramophone Engineer has replaced the 5A Soundbox diaphragm and gaskets.
Thanks to these experts the Gramophone Motor runs silently with excellent sound quality.
This Gramophone is in very good original condition, probably one of the best original examples of an HMV 203 in the World.
I have tried to describe the Gramophone accurately. Please take into account the Gramophones age, hence there will be minor imperfections commensurate with age.
I generally point out Gramophones were subject to family use / misuse in the home, but this Gramophone would not be in any ordinary home, the family would have told the Butler to operate the Gramophone.
HMV 203 UPRIGHT GRAND GRAMOPHONE
A facsimile copy of the original Owners Operating and Care Instructions will accompany the Gramophone.
This Gramophone measures 126cm X 74cm X 59cm.
Because of its size and weight, Collection must be arranged from South Devon
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