Read This Family behind Ripley music shop reach grand finale, closing after years Jim and David Melbourne pictured in their music shop on Oxford Street which is closing after years. Fowlers Music on Oxford Street will sound its final note at the end of the month, as brothers David and Jim Melbourne prepare to retire. It is the end of an era for the store, which has pioneered new electronics and musical instruments in the region throughout a century of technological revolutions. He played the banjo and mandolin, and used to travel all round the local villages giving piano lessons. He also sold jam-jar cylinder records, then HMV gramophones with the first 78rpm vinyl. Jim, 83, served in the armed forces early in his career, but David said: They maintained their heritage, travelling around the region to demonstrate their stock of pianos, organs and instruments and attracting customers from miles around. The town was packed. The windows stocked with original HMV gramophones and 78rpm records.

The SoundBox

The efforts to capture the fleeting sounds of music have followed two basic methods: The former—musical notation—matured earlier, and in one form or another it virtually monopolized the recording of music for centuries; the latter had to await the emergence of technology for its development. In notation, symbols are written down as a message to a trained performing musician who understands them and reinterprets them into sound. Signals, on the other hand—being direct physical impressions of, and potential stimuli to, sounds—bypass the performer in their reproduction and, in some electronic compositions , even in their recording.

This article concerns itself solely with the latter, nonsymbolic, method. For information on the former method see notation.

‘s Ferguson upright Radio/gramophone Collection only Had it since i was six nearly 60 years working well forty years ago but i think it needs new valves or a bit of tinkering.

They had an international reputation for craftsmanship in the design and manufacture of jewellery, gold and silverware. Garrard as Chairman, and Mr C. They hired a young engineer, Mr. Slade, who became General Manager, who started the production of small lathes and boring tools. He had also seen a need for quality spring wound motors for the fast developing gramophone manufacturing industry.

They moved to Swindon where there were plenty of skilled engineering apprentices from the Great Western Railway Company, the largest employer in the town. The company had a policy that one model of every range should be the best obtainable.


He migrated to UK from Nairobi in at the age of Qualified as Chartered Engineer,he lives in Chatham, Kent. Both he and his wife are obsessed with the memories of the glorious era. Grocery was simply known as ration in those days. Velji owned a small dingy shop but seemed to stock everything that one could ask for except meat and vegetables.

HMV’s famous trademark dog has been replaced – by Nick Park’s animated creation Gromit. Gromit has left behind cheese-loving Wallace to stand beside the iconic HMV gramophone. The new image is.

The same happened with the arrival of the CD, and then the vinyl record appeared to be doomed however the LP album market is currently making a revival. This doesn’t mean that 78rpm and vinyl records are no longer played, it is just that those who wish to play them have decreased in number. There are many people who have 78rpm records ‘up in the loft’, but few have the means of playing them. Not so long ago new equipment suitable for the vinyl speeds of 16, 33 and 45rpm did not even have a speed of 78rpm.

Currently though there are a number of multi-speed machines available particularly via mail order , and some offer a suitable stylus for 78’s. Unfortunately it is NOT possible to use any other needle than a stylus with such machines, but repeated playing of 78’s with a stylus will result in some wear to the records.

So the following article applies only to acoustic and some early electrical reproducers. If the needle is as hard or harder than the record, the record will wear as well. If the needle is softer than the record, the majority or all of the wear will be to the needle. Needles can, and must be, replaced, but records can’t be. So to preserve one’s precious recordings it is important that record wear is kept to a minimum, or even better to reduce it to zero.

To get the best from a recording, the needle ‘point’ needs to fit the record groove. The use of soft needles ensures this, though if the needle wears down too much before the end of the record is reached the reproduction will become useless. The use of a steel needle will obviate this, but at the cost of some record wear as the needle ‘beds in’, so understandably the first few grooves of a record suffer the most damage, hence the scratchy first few grooves.

78 RPM Record Collections Purchased

Pop music was sold via the singles chart and record players from that era were designed to play singles. Most were able to play stack of singles one after the other. Portable radios started out as bulky affairs with valves, but eventually the transistor took over the and shirt pocket radio became the 60s equivalent of the teenage mobile phone. The popularity of music in the 50s and 60s ensured that the record player was just as popular as the radio.

They were always referred to as “record players”; to use the old-fashioned term “gramophone” in the late 50s and early 60s marked you out as a member of the square, older generation.

¶16 The recording machinery, as in almost all the surviving photographs, is out of sight. Partly this was to cut out the noise, though given the insensitivity of the horn and all the noise generated along the way, it is unlikely to have been audible on disc; partly it was to protect company secrets.

A very elusive label, which even Frank declines to date precisely. They were never advertised in the Trade Journals. Or, they may have been made for one particular dealer or client, as yet unknown. These they used to press discs at the cheaper end of the market. These were thus the first in very long line of talking or musical cards — different forms of them appeared for many decades. Lotz know their origin, we may be certain that they are very scarce indeed.

The proprietor, Jack Levy, first sold cylinder records around from a stall in an open market in London. These seem to have continued for 12 or 14 years. The shop became a Mecca among the earliest jazz record collectors. This woefully under-researched period began around True, there was only one issue of 3 discs, but this represented a remarkable development in the British retail record trade. In , further Levaphones appeared in an L- series.

Record Catalogues

Berliner reorganised as the Berliner Gram-o-phone Company of Canada, the style and typefaces of Berliner’s record labels became standardized, and any significant label change was uniformly adopted for all discs. A single anomaly is found in Library and Archives Canada’s collection. Like the 7-inch series, the inch Berliner series includes a disc with an Imperial Record label. This label is printed in gold on a black field, with a garland of entwined maple leaves across the top and issue number prefaced by a “0” Only slight variations were accepted; for example, the omission or inclusion of performer information e.

During this period , there were three distinct label types, following one another in a series.

I read somewhere that starting from HMV began noting the date of manufacture by “B/x”. Since this doesn’t apply to the gramophone I’m looking at, I was wondering whether the .

It was acquired from the artist in by the newly formed Gramophone Company and adopted as a trademark by the Gramophone Company’s United States affiliate, the Victor Talking Machine Company. When Mark Barraud died, Francis inherited Nipper, with a cylinder phonograph and recordings of Mark’s voice. Francis noted the peculiar interest that the dog took in the recorded voice of his late master emanating from the horn, and conceived the idea of committing the scene to canvas.

A coloured vinyl single released by HMV In early , Francis Barraud applied for copyright of the original painting using the descriptive working title Dog looking at and listening to a Phonograph. He was unable to sell the work to any cylinder phonograph company, but William Barry Owen, the American founder of the Gramophone Company in England, offered to purchase the painting under the condition that Barraud modify it to show one of their disc machines.

Barraud complied and the image was first used on the company’s catalogue from December As the trademark gained in popularity, several additional copies were subsequently commissioned from the artist for various corporate purposes. The painting was adopted as a trademark by Berliner’s business partner, Eldridge R. Victor used the image far more aggressively than its UK affiliate, and from most Victor records had a simplified drawing of Barraud’s dog-and-gramophone image on their labels. Magazine advertisements urged record buyers to “look for the dog.

The following year the Gramophone Company replaced the Recording Angel trademark in the upper half of the record labels with the Nipper logo. The company was not formally called HMV or His Master’s Voice, but rapidly became identified by that term due to the prominence of the phrase on the record labels. In British Commonwealth countries except for Canada, where Victor held the rights it was used by various subsidiaries of the Gramophone Company, which ultimately became part of EMI.

The trademark’s ownership is divided among different companies in different countries, reducing its value in the globalised music market.

The Victor

This Gramophone has been Sold, but the details might be of interest to fellow Collectors. The Gramophone had been purchased from a shop in Plymouth, the lady recounted the memory of her Grandfather collecting the Gramophone by horse and cart from the local railway station. She gave me the trunk that was believed to have transported the base of the Gramophone all those years ago, it would have been packed in straw; this trunk accompany the Gramophone. The horn would have been transported separately in a special wicker basket which she had not kept.

Under the Gramophone base is the Gramophone Co.

My computer desktop has become very cluttered with various dating programs as I work on more labels. So I decided to integrate the Edison Bell, HMV, and Regal Zonophone programs into a single program.

Sonatas for Keyboard Nos. Alas, Pearl’s offering of recordings dating from returns us to square one. For here, despite some strenuous pleading by their insert-note writer, there is far too little to delight or, indeed, engage the listener at even the most rudimentary level. However, Brailowsky’s performance of Liszt’s Tannhauser transcription provides a notable exception, and even when the playing degenerates into a form of musical racketeering there is an imposing breadth and vitality.

Admirers will want the disc for this performance alone. Elsewhere Brailowsky is less than revelatory and you only have to listen to, say, Moiseiwitsch a true representative of a golden rather than tarnished age of pianism in his pre-war version of Chopin’s Fantasie-impromptu and, most of all, the F major Etude, Op.

Convulsive rubato and a tendency for large-scale theatrical gestures to crystallize into mannerisms mar the proportions of both Chopin’s Barcarolle and Ballade No. The Scriabin items are given more convincingly full-blooded performances, but my advice, overall, is to listen to the APR disc of the London HMV recordings. There you will find buoyancy, brio and sparkle in abundance, a brilliant answer to all Doubting Thomases.

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