Today I took some time photographing 132 old American Armed Forces Radio broadcast records with the intention of eventually creating a catalogue.
I also photographed the associated old player at left, which is needed as these are 16 inch 33 1/3 rpm records and are too big to be played on the average turntable.
This player is pretty sophisticated for its age. It has a valve amplifier. The hefty speaker is in the lid which has detachable stays so it can used attached or can be detached, with about 30 metres of cord.
There is a 110v AC outlet on the deck top.
There is a socket to output the pickup signal to a PA system.
There is a socket to connect the speaker.
There is a socket to connect a microphone in through the amplifier.
There are separate volume controls for the phonograph and microphone.
There is a tone control.
There is a 45 and 33 1/3 speed selector.
There is a small cup at the front to hold the steel needles, which need changing every play, ideally.
There is a compartment in the lid which holds: -
The microphone (missing).
A spare spindle to change the motor speed from 50 to 60 cycle mains power (missing).
A circuit diagram.
It has been fitted with a transformer to convert it from the American 110 volts AC to the NZ 240 volts AC.
The records are in dubious condition, but quite variable, some look pretty good, some look pretty bad. You might think they are valuable, but I have read the artists contributed their performances to the war effort, and it is illegal to use the recordings for commercial gain. I have seen some on the internet for sale but only at around the US$10 mark.
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