These are just some of the disc phonographs and gramophones we’ve sold over the past 22 years. If you see one you can’t live without, let us know. We might get lucky and locate its sibling.
Emile Berliner took out a patent for his flat disc recording machine in 1887, but it wasn’t until the mid-1890’s that Berliner Gramophones, as they were called, entered the market in significant numbers. The earliest Berliner machines were driven by hand (as you cranked the flywheel, the turntable would revolve); later machines, known as Trademark models, were driven by spring motors similar to those used in clocks. By 1912, disc phonographs (most of them manufactured by Victor) had taken a huge bite out of the market for cylinder machines, and the first format war was drawing to a close, with Victor the victor.
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