Fran's anachronistic blender

Fran604g

Just Call Me Junior
I've fought the idea of possibly embarrassing myself by posting a picture of the way my audio room looks these days -- after my falling head-over-heals backwards in time, but here goes:

I use JRiver on my WIN 10 PC for all my digital needs, my DUAL 1229 for vinyl, 78's, and Edison Diamond Disc records. The various cylinder Phonographs and Graphophones are used for 2-minute cylinder records. Out of frame there are several Edison Disc Phonographs, including an Edison "Long Playing" console model 1-C, the smallest and least expensive of the 4 models that were marketed for only about a year in 1926.

In the dining room I have a couple more Edison Disc Phonographs, and a couple Victrolas, as well, and an Edison Amberola (4-minute cylinder record player), alongside an Altec 710 Receiver that I bought a bunch of years ago from the late great Jack Gifford (jackgiff for those who remember him at AK), a DUAL 1218, and Bose 501's.

My entire antique talking machine collection -- now numbering around 30 -- spans from an American Graphophone Type N, ca. 1896, through to an Edison Edisonic "Schubert" ca. 1927.

The "modern" stuff spans from about 1968 (AR3a's being driven with a 2006 TAD 60 amp) through about 2011 (G*S*G 6B4G amp driving the Altec 604-G's).

Yeah, crazy, I know. I blame people like YOU! :beat

Be gentle my friends.

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Fran604g

Just Call Me Junior
Thank you, John. My wife and children are too afraid to venture into my asylum. They don't know what they're missing!
 

billfort

Administrator
Staff member
Very cool Fran, thanks for posting! My grandfather used to deal antiques and he always had a few phonographs around - I think I developed my appreciation of fine wood furniture and things mechanical by spending time as a kid around his old stuff - it was just so beautifully built and you could understand how it all worked. I vaguely remember that the 'horns' on those old machines were the tricky bits as they were so fragile and almost always suffered in some cosmetic way - your stuff all looks pristine! Congrats on the nice collection.

And then there is my favorite speakers back there and 604-8gs in Model 17 form no less! If I remember right, that is your own unique take on Markwart crossovers and I sure know how well they work with Gs. Those seem along the same path as Mark's comment on mine being flavored with 60's vintage F1 motor styling, but I think yours are leaning a lot more towards the elegant Cosworth DFV (or maybe Ferrari boxer) variety than my ratty push-rod take. :)
 

Fran604g

Just Call Me Junior
Very cool Fran, thanks for posting! My grandfather used to deal antiques and he always had a few phonographs around - I think I developed my appreciation of fine wood furniture and things mechanical by spending time as a kid around his old stuff - it was just so beautifully built and you could understand how it all worked. I vaguely remember that the 'horns' on those old machines were the tricky bits as they were so fragile and almost always suffered in some cosmetic way - your stuff all looks pristine! Congrats on the nice collection.

And then there is my favorite speakers back there and 604-8gs in Model 17 form no less! If I remember right, that is your own unique take on Markwart crossovers and I sure know how well they work with Gs. Those seem along the same path as Mark's comment on mine being flavored with 60's vintage F1 motor styling, but I think yours are leaning a lot more towards the elegant Cosworth DFV (or maybe Ferrari boxer) variety than my ratty push-rod take. :)
Thanks for the kind words, Bill. It's funny, after reading that post the other day, a Boxer engine came to my mind, too. Only not an elegant one, more like a VW beetle's with the top removed...;)
 

Fran604g

Just Call Me Junior
Yep, I think I posted the build at AK. I couldn't tell you when, but it was likely 7 or 8 years ago now. Man, does time fly!
 

Ilusndweller

Junior Member
WOW, very impressive! Most of us tend to forget about the eaaaaaarly days of recording. Based on your sig and collection you seem to be a huge Edison fan. Which means youve probably been to his lab and seen some of his early phonographs. I remember seeing (and listening) to them in the 70s. And thinking back about 3-4 years ago, I am feeling deja vu, like weve had this conversation before. I seem to recall that you felt the odds are fairly high that youve worked on or possibly own a phongraph that Edison had built/fiddled with. I would love to hear all of those “various contraptions” in your collection. Keep on keepin on!
 
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