Mystery Object of the week #11 Answer

Congratulations to Martyn Dowel, Rolf Christian Holth Olsen and Robert Spencer who all correctly identified this weeks mystery object  – The Auxetophone designed by the British engineer Sir Charles Parsons.    The Auxetophone was perhaps the most effective attempt, prior to the development of electrical amplification in the 1920’s, of increasing volume. Invented in 1904, it used air pressureContinue reading “Mystery Object of the week #11 Answer”

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Recording pioneers- Part 8, William Conrad Gaisberg

  “We realised how many different degrees of smells there are in the world” -William Gaisberg’s observation of Hyderabad, India Name:              William Conrad Gaisberg Born:               26th June 1877 Resident:        Born in Washington DC, USA Occupation:   Recording engineer, managing director & head of London Recording Department Loves:            Travelling, opera, pushing the boundaries of music and his brother (Fred) In 1894, Fred GaisbergContinue reading “Recording pioneers- Part 8, William Conrad Gaisberg”

Mystery Object # answer 4

Our last posting must have been a bit too easy for our regulars hound contributors, but for those still biting at the bit  here is the answer …. The Klingsor Gramophone was invented in Germany in 1907, and featured a group of strings stretched across the horn opening which resonated as the sound was emitted.Continue reading “Mystery Object # answer 4”

Mystery Object # 3 Answer

Full points to Rob, Andy and Russell who deftly identified last weeks Mystery Object of the Week as an early Tin Foil Phonograph. Object: Modified Tin Foil Phonograph Maker Archibald H.Irvine, 1877 This is a rare hand-driven modified Edison tin foil phonograph on a heavy mahogany base with mahogany trunnions and speaker/reproducer mounts (one withContinue reading “Mystery Object # 3 Answer”

Friday Mystery Object # 2 Answer

Congratulations to Russell Medcraft who not only knew the correct answer but supplied the Hound with a fascinating piece of information on lasts week’s Mystery Object of the Week! For Hound followers who may have missed Russell’s original answer read below: “Alfred Clark was the first EMI Chairman. He had worked with Eldridge Johnson onContinue reading “Friday Mystery Object # 2 Answer”

Recording Pioneers- Part 2

Alfred Clark 1873 – 1950 “The fine thread running through the very fabric of HMV history” -Fred Gaisberg Name:                  Alfred Clark Born:                    19 December 1873 Resident:             Born in New York,  moved to France 1899 aged 26  then resident of the UK, 1909 -1950 Occupation:        Gramophone Company Managing Director, Chairman and EMI PresidentContinue reading “Recording Pioneers- Part 2”

Friday mystery object #1

The Hound gets to see some amazing stuff and often has to work out what it is. So pop on your Deerstalker Hat and help us solve the first in the series of……………. Fridays Mystery Object of the Week! Put you thoughts in the comments section below, answer will follow next Thursday Good luck!

Scott’s Gramophone Great Tour

In 1910 this beautiful HMV Gramophone was loaned by The Gramophone Company to Captain Scott to keep the sailors and expedition team entertained as they made their way to the South Pole. Scott took with him two HMV “monarch” gramophones, donated by The Gramophone Company, which later became EMI, together with several hundred 78rpm discs,Continue reading “Scott’s Gramophone Great Tour”

Winner, Scott’s Last Expedition

The Natural History Museum won the Best of the Best award at the Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence 2013 ceremony last night. Scott’s Last Expedition took the award for Best Temporary or Touring Exhibition, recognising the innovative approach it took to revealing the tales of endurance and scientific achievements of Robert Falcon Scott’s epicContinue reading “Winner, Scott’s Last Expedition”