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Photography by Royston Maybery

THE MACHINIST’S PHONOGRAPH

image This time-tripping player handles all cylinder record formats.

By Royston Maybery

When Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, he envisioned it as a business dictation machine. But it soon became a popular medium for music, recorded onto durable cylinders that are still available and playable today. Cylinders came in a wide variety of formats — 2¼", 3½", or 5" in diameter, 4" or 6" long, 120rpm–160rpm, 100 or 200 grooves per inch — most of which required different types of phonographs to ...

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