Album recording device?

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Hb823
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Album recording device?

Post by Hb823 » 08 Feb 2020 16:47

Any help identifying this would be appreciated.
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Alec124c41
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Re: Album recording device?

Post by Alec124c41 » 09 Feb 2020 03:58

This could be a record player combined with a PA system, with separate volume controls for the microphone and the record player.
This might be from the '30s or '40s. I see a setscrew in the front of the arm, that would be used to change the steel needles. Tracking forces were in ounces, not grams.
No album on this, only 78 rpm records. Albums in those days were albums, with several "pages" that would each hold a 78 RPM record.

Cheers,
Alec

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Re: Album recording device?

Post by Bob Dillon » 11 Feb 2020 02:36

Doesn't resemble a Presto recorder. Wilcox-Gay maybe ? There's got to be some manufacturer info somewhere inside or outside of it.

Yes, it would be 78 rpm only.

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Re: Album recording device?

Post by howardpgh » 14 Feb 2020 22:02

Not a recorder-playback only. One volume control for the microphone and one volume control for the record player.
I wonder if that was used for square dances for calls and music.

Roberto C2H3
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Re: Album recording device?

Post by Roberto C2H3 » 15 Feb 2020 00:50

Alec124c41 wrote:
09 Feb 2020 03:58
This could be a record player combined with a PA system, with separate volume controls for the microphone and the record player.
This might be from the '30s or '40s. I see a setscrew in the front of the arm, that would be used to change the steel needles. Tracking forces were in ounces, not grams.
No album on this, only 78 rpm records. Albums in those days were albums, with several "pages" that would each hold a 78 RPM record.

Cheers,
Alec
Wow ! So that is where the term "album" comes from ! Awesome... 8)

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