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Welcome to the Edison Phonology Website - A Place dating edison phonographs Learn About Edison Cylinder and Disc Phonographs as well as cylinder records and Diamond Discs. The purpose of this website is to educate the public about Edison phonographs, cylinder records, and Diamond Discs. My name is Phil O'Keefe. I have been collecting Edison phonographs and records over the last thirty years.
The phonographs and records in my collection date back to sdison first three decades of the 20th Century, in phonograhps was known as the "Acoustical Era" of sound recording. Records from the Acoustical Era were recorded and played edisonn any form of electronic amplification. Sound was recorded on the record surface purely through mechanical means and entirely by the energy contained within sound waves eminating from musical instruments and peoples' voices.
On the phonograph, sound was reproduced purely by the mechanical action of a jewel-tipped stylus bouncing in the record groove. The stylus vibrated a diaphragm, thus creating sound waves, which were in turn amplified by a horn to increase volume. Click on the links below to learn more about my Edison phonographs and and my record collection Edison Standard Phonograph Edison Amberola Phonograph Edison Diamond Disc Phonograph Edison Records Hear My Records on the Radio.
WFMU-FM is a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station broadcasting at WFMU is home to the Antique Phonograph Music Program, hosted by MAC, a fellow record and phonograph collector. The bi-monthly, one-hour show gives listeners the opportunity dating edison phonographs hear a wide variety of antique records dating edison phonographs live on antique wind-up acoustic phonographs.
In December,MAC was kind dating edison phonographs to allow me to dating edison phonographs guest host his radio show. I did an all-Edison Diamond Disc program with many hot dance numbers from the s as played on my Edison C Diamond Disc phonograph. Dahing on the hyperlink dating edison phonographs to access the show's play list and hear the show via RealAudio, MP3, and Pop-up player: Click here to hear my December 2, Radio Show on WFMU. If you are interested in learning more about Edison cylinder phonographs and records, then I recommend the following reference books: Edison Cylinder Phonograph Companion, by George Frow, Mullholland Press, Inc,ISBN This book includes detailed information about the development of the Edison cylinder phonograph from early datinh tinfoil machines to advanced celluloid record players for home entertainment.
This book has dating edison phonographs illustrations, photographs, and detailed information about all models of Edison cylinder phonographs and accessories. It also includes includes information about Edison coin-operated phonographs and dictating machines. This essential reading for anyone interested in collecting Edison phonographs. Read this book before you buy. Although this book is now out of print, you may be able to find copies at your local public library, used book sellers, phonograph collector sites, or on-line auctions.
The Edison Diamond Disc Phonographs and the Diamond Discsby George Frow, Mullholland Press, Inc. A great reference for identifying your Edison disc phonograph and understanding how it works. Edison basically got into the dating edison phonographs phonograph manufacturing business too late, and phonogrzphs the thrifty type, had to come up with a totally new design based on his cylinder phonograph technology to avoid paying patent licensing fees to his competitors.
What resulted was a line disc phonographs and discs that were far ahead of their time and the competition with regard to recording length and clarity of reproduction. This book also contains interesting information about the Edison disc phonographss manufacturing process, marketing strategies, and some of the artists who recorded on the Edison label.
Edison Blue Amberol Recordings,by Ron Dethlefson2nd ed, Mullholland Press, Inc. Since celluloid Blue Amberol cylinders are the most commonly found records, I recommend purchasing this volume and the following volume. Both volumes contain copies of record slips, catalog cuts, photographs, and vintage advertisements. This book is invaluable if you know the title and number of a cylinder record and you want to know what the recording is like before you buy it. The two volumes also contain interesting information about the performers on the records, how the records were recorded, and how the records were manufactured.
Edison Blue Amberol Recordings,by Ron DethlefsonMullholland Press, Inc. This is the companion volume to the one above. This book is great if you want to learn about restoring, repairing, and maintaining your phonograph. It also phknographs a price listing and rarity rating for various phonograph models. It is a great general reference book. The Talking Machine, an Illustrated Compendium,by Timothy C. Fabrizio and George F.
At first glance, this book appears to be a coffee table picture book with little or no historical information. This book is chocked full of detailed historical information documenting the Acoustical Era of phonograph and record manufacturing. Edison Cylinder Records,With an Illustrated History of the Phonographby Allen Koenigsberg.
This book covers over 10, 2-minute and 4-minute wax cylinders, including brown wax 2-minute cylinders. The book even covers the variations between 2-minute phonogrphs cylinder box labels. If you want to learn about early wax dating edison phonographs, then this is a great book to have. Phonograph Concerts Dating edison phonographs the end of the 19th Century, the improved phonograph was considered to be revolutionary and exciting technology, much like the personal computer and Internet are today.
However, as late as years ago, many people in rural, far-flung areas of the United States never saw a phonograph. Even if phonographs and records were available in a particular town, they were unaffordable to the average person. Enterprising daging bought phonographs and cylinder records and they took them on the road to put on public phonograph concerts for profit. Some concerts were put on for free by agents of the phonograph manufacturers for the benefit of a local dealer to generate interest in the machines and spur sales.