HIS MASTER’S GRAMOPHONE, part 5

Today we publish the fifth and final in our series of extracts from this fine new book, with kind permission from its creators Christopher Proudfoot and Brian Oakley. While the gramophone horn was a wonderful piece of design and construction and served its purpose well during the early years, when it came to portability itContinue reading “HIS MASTER’S GRAMOPHONE, part 5”

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HIS MASTER’S GRAMOPHONE, part 4

From functional to luxury. Within a short 3-4 years the Gramophone became the status symbol of the age, so inevitably the designers determined to take advantage of the privileged market by creating machines that were not only wonderful pieces of furniture, but also hid the rather cumbersome horn. Enter the Sheraton Grand, the first enclosedContinue reading “HIS MASTER’S GRAMOPHONE, part 4”

HIS MASTER’S GRAMOPHONE, part 3

As interest in the gramophone increased, so did the ingenuity of the Gramophone Company’s technicians. Outside the limits of most people’s finances, these machines were still largely owned by the wealthy, so how to bring all this wonderful recorded music to the mass public?     The early machines and discs were incapable of fillingContinue reading “HIS MASTER’S GRAMOPHONE, part 3”

HIS MASTER’S GRAMOPHONE, part 2

With kind permission of its creators Christopher Proudfoot and Brian Oakley we continue our series of extracts  from “His Master’s Gramophone”  … Introducing the Single Spring Monarch Style No.11 In production from 1901-1905, this machine was specially designed to play the newly introduced 10” Concert recordings issued in 1901. Costing £10 in 1901, the price wasContinue reading “HIS MASTER’S GRAMOPHONE, part 2”

HIS MASTER’S GRAMOPHONE

   PART 1 We made mention of this fine new hardback book a few months back, but feel it deserves more attention, and so, with the kind permission of its creators Christopher Proudfoot and Brian Oakley, we’re starting a series of extracts to give/remind you of the first golden era of  recorded music and theContinue reading “HIS MASTER’S GRAMOPHONE”

Our First Plug!

  This is very exciting. We’ve been asked to spread the news about a new book. Our first plug!  And we are very pleased to say that the book in question is rather lovely; it’s  a lavishly-illustrated, information-packed hardback book printed on high quality silk paper with colour digital photographs, comprehensive descriptions, technical details, originalContinue reading “Our First Plug!”