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  Edison:The History of the Edison Cylinder Phonograph
The phonograph was developed as a result of Thomas Edison's work on two other inventions, the telegraph and the telephone.
The patent on the phonograph was issued on February 19, 1878.
The Edison Concert Phonograph, which had a louder sound and a larger cylinder measuring 4.25" long and 5" in diameter, was introduced in 1899, retailing for $125 and the large cylinders for $4.
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 PHONOGRAPH - LoveToKnow Article on PHONOGRAPH   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In the first phonograph a spiral groove was cut ~n a brass drum fixed on a horizontal screw, so that when the drum was rotated it moved from right to left, as in the phonautograph.
The tinfoil phonograph, however, was an imperfect instrument, both as regards the medium on which the imprints were taken (tinfoil) and the general mechanism of the instrument.
In the older phonographs this required accurate adjustment by a fine screw, but in newer forms a certain amount of lateral oscillation is allowed to the marker, by which it slips automatically into the groove.
26.1911encyclopedia.org /P/PH/PHONOGRAPH.htm   (3848 words)

 Phonograph cylinder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The phonograph was conceived by Thomas Edison on 18 July 1877 for recording telephone messages, his first test using waxed paper.
The ability to record as well as play back sound was an advantage to cylinder phonographs over the competition from cheaper disc record phonographs which began to be mass marketed at the end of the 1890s, as the disc system machines could be used only to play back pre-recorded sound.
Cylinder phonographs also usually used a worm gear to move the stylus in synchronization with the grooves of the recording, whereas most disc machines relied on the grooves to pull the stylus along.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Phonograph_cylinder   (1892 words)

 Edison, His Life and Inventions - CHAPTER X
The Edison phonograph is an important exception to the general rule; not, of course, the phonograph of the present day with all of its mechanical perfection, but as an instrument capable of recording and reproducing sound.
The original phonograph, as invented by Edison, remained in its crude and immature state for almost ten years--still the object of philosophical interest, and as a convenient text-book illustration of the effect of sound vibration.
The phonograph of to-day, except for the perfection of its mechanical features, in its beauty of manufacture and design, and in small details, may be considered identical with the machine of 1889, with the exception that with the latter the rotation of the record cylinder was effected by an electric motor.
www.worldwideschool.org /library/books/hst/biography/Edison/chap10.html   (7107 words)

 Angular Speed of a Phonograph Record
The phonograph is used to replay sounds that are recorded on a disc or cylinder.
Edison produced the phonograph to be used as a dictating device, but soon it turned into one of the most popular and important machines that were used for sound reproduction in the 1900s.
If the phonograph was not created, many of the great musicians and singers that we know today would have not been known at all and their music and voices would not be remembered or heard by future generations.
hypertextbook.com /facts/2000/AlexandraGrosman.shtml   (1015 words)

 History of the phonograph
As the novelty of the phonograph exhibitions waned, the audiences tapered off and the invention went through a dormant period nearly a decade long before it would transcend its status as a curiosity.
By this time Edison had renewed his interest in the phonograph and pursued improvements of his own, most notably replacing the tinfoil sheath with a coating of wax and developing a battery-powered electric motor to drive the instrument.
However, the Depression, the death of the phonograph's inventor, the drastic decline in consumer interest, and the competition from new forms of audio technology marked the end of the beginning for talking machines.
home.intekom.com /restore/History_Of_The_Phonograph.html   (2815 words)

 Tinfoil Phonograph - The Edison Papers
The first phonograph consisted of grooved cylinder mounted on a long shaft with a screw pitch of ten threads per inch and turned by a hand crank.
The phonograph was a marvel that amazed the scientific and technical community as well as the public because of its utter simplicity.
The phonograph also made Edison's reputation as the "Inventor of the Age" and led to his most famous nickname "The Wizard of Menlo Park." Newspaper reporters flocked to the Menlo Park Laboratory to see the new invention and to interview Edison.
edison.rutgers.edu /tinfoil.htm   (367 words)

The phonograph, or gramophone, was the most common device for playing recorded
and to study sound and speech; it was not widely understood until after the development of the phonograph that the waveform recorded by the phonautograph was a record of the sound wavelength that needed only a playback mechanism to reproduce the sound.
Phonographs or disc record turntables continue to be manufactured and sold into the
www.mp3.fm /Phonograph.htm   (2218 words)

 How Users Define New Media: A History of the Amusement Phonograph
I am suggesting that phonographs and phonograph records had rich symbolic careers, that they acquired and possessed meanings in the circumstances of their apprehension and use, and that those meanings, many and changeable, arose in relation to the social lives of people and of things.
Phonograph records, tapes, CDS, and video cassettes all counter that trend; part of their logic as possessions is repetition and reenactment, rewind and replay.
The vocabulary with which the phonograph was introduced and the symbolic terrain it occupied were all part of its definition, its coming into focus, first as a novelty and eventually as a familiar within American homes, right near where the radio and then the TV would sit further on into the century.
web.mit.edu /comm-forum/papers/gitelman.html   (7455 words)

 Michigan Antique Phonograph Society
The Kentucky Antique Phonograph Society (KAPS) is the tenth chapter of MAPS.
Steve Ramm's "Anything Phonographic" is a monthly news and review column covering a wide range of musical styles from the 1890s to the 1940s (and sometimes beyond).
Ron Dethlefson's The Edison Phonograph Monthly is based on articles found in the Edison Phonograph Monthly, a monthly publication sent to Edison dealers from 1902-1916, with additional comments by Ron based on his current research.
www.michiganantiquephonographsociety.org   (1511 words)

 Edison Invents the Phonograph
Thomas Edison created many inventions, but his favorite was the phonograph.
While working on improvements to the telegraph and the telephone, Edison figured out a way to record sound on tinfoil-coated cylinders.
When Edison spoke into the mouthpiece, the sound vibrations of his voice would be indented onto the cylinder by the recording needle.
www.americaslibrary.gov /cgi-bin/page.cgi/aa/scientists/edison/phonograph_1   (92 words)

 Phonograph Records (from popular music) --  Britannica Student Encyclopedia
In the early 20th century, improved methods in recording music enabled phonograph records to become a principal means of spreading music.
A phonograph disc, or record, stores a replica of sound waves as a series of undulations in a sinuous groove inscribed on its rotating surface by the stylus.
As the stylus attached to the phonograph's arm tracks the spiral groove of the rotating disc, the patterns cut into the groove cause the stylus to vibrate.
www.britannica.com /ebi/article-205082   (808 words)

 Toy Phonograph Recalled by Electronic Creations   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The toy, "Teletone Model 54740 Phonograph" manufactured by Electronic Creations Co., Inc., Mt. Vernon, New York fails to comply with Federal regulations for electrically operated toys and is banned from sale.
Although no injuries associated with this product have been reported, the phonograph case split open during use and abuse testing by the Commission staff exposing the live parts of the mechanism.
The phonograph was distributed nationwide to department stores, toy stores, electronic stores and other retail outlets.
www.cpsc.gov /cpscpub/prerel/prhtml77/77004.html   (228 words)

 Adventures in CyberSound: Edison's Phonograph or Speaking Machine of 1877
This procedure led to the explosion of coin-operated phonographs in arcades and stores where patrons could listen to a recording for a nickel.
In 1895 Edison began mass manufacturing of the phonograph and continued to improve the original design, adding a large horn to amplify the sound.
Of all his inventions the phonograph was Thomas Edison's favorite, saying that it did for the ears what the motion picture did for the eyes in that it put music in people's homes.
www.acmi.net.au /AIC/EDISON_PHONO.html   (521 words)

 ipedia.com: Columbia Records Article   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Columbia was originally the local company distributing and selling Edison phonographs and phonograph cylinders in Washington, D.C, Maryland and Delaware.
Columbia severed its ties to Edison and the North American Phonograph Company in 1893, and thereafter sold only records and phonographs of their own manufacture.
In July of 1912 Columbia decided to concentrate exclusively on disc records, and stopped recording new cylinder records and manufacturing cylinder phonographs, although they continued pressing and selling cylinder records from their back catalogue for a year or two more.
www.ipedia.com /columbia_records.html   (385 words)

 Phonograph vs gramophone
During thirteen years since the birth of the phonograph, three types of material were used for recording and playing sound, which were tried, besides Edison himself, by hundreds of American, British, French and Italian researchers.
The advantages of this invention were evident in comparison with those of the phonograph and its cylinder.
In May 1902 were for sale in Europe, the first 10 Gramophone records with recorded numbers by Enrico Caruso in the city of Milan and they were of a diameter of 10 inches (25 cm), only one face and on its label, the first logotype registered by that company, the «Angel».
www.todotango.com /english/biblioteca/cronicas/fonovsgra.html   (846 words)

While listening to Phonograph, one can automatically relate to the play on traditional American sound that built the foundation of country and folk music from the 1950's.
Phonograph blends their shared sensibility and aesthetic of influences, at the same time each member brings his own personal experience to the table.
Phonograph’s self released debut album, Nu Americana featured Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu, Bob Mould, Frank Black) and Steve Goulding (Elvis Costello, The Waco Brothers, The Mekons) The single, “Nu Americana,” quickly found its way on to Chicago’s “The Eclectic Company” on WXRT radio by way of Jon Langford.
www.myspace.com /phonographny   (962 words)

With a keen sense of engaging melody, tight, inspired arrangements and a grasp of dynamics that belies their tender ages, Phonograph have all the qualities needed to make a good band develop into a great band.
Hitting the road and clocking up the kilometres, Phonograph have spent the last couple of years sharing the stages across the country with the likes of Betchadupa, Riff Random and 67 Special.
On their second EP Sucker In The Cool, Phonograph temper the 60’s Mod aesthetic with the barbed hooks of bratty Brit-pop and prove that without a doubt that the power of a good melody has the ability to turn a good band into a great band.
www.myspace.com /phonographonline   (737 words)

 Edison Phonology - Home Page
The phonographs and records in my collection date back to the first three decades of the 20th Century, in what was known as the "Acoustical Era" of sound recording.
On the phonograph, sound was reproduced purely by the mechanical action of a jewel-tipped stylus bouncing in the record groove.
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.
www.engineeringexpert.net /edphono.htm   (720 words)

 "Victrola Repair Service" Specializing in gramophone repair, victrola repair, phonograph repair
We are one of the nations leading repair shops for windup phonographs.
We are looking forward to taking care of your antique phonograph needs.
Antique Phonographs have increased in value many times in the past few years and they are worth your time and effort to have repaired/restored.
www.angelfire.com /vt/phonograph   (277 words)

 Antique Phonograph Needles... plenty of steel needles in stock for your listening pleasure
Most of the needles, if not all of them, laying inside the top of the phonograph could have been used 10 to 50 years ago and putting a used needle back into the reproducer is not recommended.
The first time the needle was used, the tip was ground down to the shape of the record groove.
which are made by the same manufacturer that has made phonograph needles since the phonographs were made all those years ago.
www.angelfire.com /vt2/phonographneedles/index2.html   (512 words)

 Antique Phonograph Information Websites: Victor Talking Machine, Victrolas, Columbia, United, Edison, Starr, Sonora, ...
Although these phonographs are not museum quality, they are fine pieces of history that we can enjoy by looking at and listening to.
The neat thing about Brunswick, the phonograph reproducer had usually three different tips so it can play normal flat records, Pathe records and Edison Diamond Disc records, which was unique for phonograph at this time.
This phonograph was easy to carry so troops can take it where ever they went and used it for entertainment during the hard long war.
www.emediadesign.net /Phonographs/phono4.html   (876 words)

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