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Zonophone (HMV) Horn Gramophone in Oak
Originally part of the Ian Calderbank Collection of Gramophones.
This Gramophone has been Sold, but the details might be of interest to fellow Collectors.
Notes about this Gramophone
HMV produced top quality Gramophones that incorporated the latest technical achievements, but they commanded a high price. The HMV Gramophone Factory in Hayes, Middlesex England was capable of greater production than HMV could utilize. HMV wanted to tap into the large market for more affordable Gramophones, still keep production going when HMV’s were not selling well and utilize any components that had been superseded, but importantly all this was to be achieved without damage to HMV’s reputation and peoples willingness to pay high prices for HMV Gramophones. The answer was Zonophone. The Zonophone Company had been bought by HMV in 1903 and they had not advertised any links with the Company. The way was clear for HMV models to appear under the Zonophone label as well as new Zonophone models with “re-badged” HMV components, all to be sold at a lower price than HMV. HMV’s reputation remained intact as well as their profits. It could be said that a Zonophone is simply a high quality HMV Gramophone sold under a different name.
Dimensions Height 7", Width 14", Depth 14". A 10" green turntable, 1.25" single spring worm drive motor with governor at 30 degrees to worm drive. Zonophone identification on front of case. Zonophone Exhibition Soundbox. 24” diameter Morning Glory Horn.
The Case is in good condition. The nickel plate is good with minor pitting on brake lever. The Winding handle wooden knob has been replaced. Turntable felt also renewed. Soundbox (where the needle goes in) gives excellent sound due in part to the diaphragm and the rubber gaskets which harden over the years having been replaced. Morning Glory horn paint has faded over the years.
In very good condition bearing in mind the Gramophone is over 90 years old.
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.
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