New Phonographs in Floor ModelsBy Mark Chervenka
New Phonographs in Floor Models
Reproduction wind up phonographs with morning glory horns are now available in floor models. The first series of these outside horn reproductions were made as table top models. Both styles of new machines are made in India and Pakistan.
The most obvious clue to the new phonographs is in the horn. All the new horns, including connections to the tone arm which holds the needle, are made entirely of solid brass. The vast majority of all pre-1930 metal outside horns were made of steel. Some original horns had decorative brass rims and some connecting pieces were brass but virtually no original horn was made entirely of brass.
Original steel horns were usually painted or decorated with decals over the paint. New brass horns are often decorated with embossed, or molded, patterns. Some new horns are also engraved.
New phonographs have a confusing decal (Fig. 3 ) featuring a dog listening to a phonograph very similar to the original logo of Victor Talking Machine Co. Original outside metal horn Victor phonographs were almost always marked with a metal plate stamped with model and serial numbers (Fig. 2).