"Voice del Padrone" model 116 Portable gramophone

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"Voice del Padrone" model 116 Portable gramophone

Post by Gmemg » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:59 pm

This machine appeared on ebay and as usual elsewhere the "clever People" noticed it and then pontificated and discussed it and noticed that some parts were HMV and others weren't ! - but for all their hot air they didn't come to any conclusion and wouldn't put any of their money on it !

It was in fact bought by "the Squire" and here are the photos of it - it's completely genuine and the fact that it doesn't use all HMV parts is easily explained

Here's the machine open - it bears a resemblance to the HMV 99 and such

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The trademark - the first clue to what this is

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The interior - an HMV autobrake, HMV Handbrake , Non HMV Turntable , non HMV Speed control & non HMV Tonearm & Soundbox - Odd ? NO

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The Soundbox is a Thorens No 112 and so is the Tonearm & motor - another few clues !

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So we have an HMV Case, HMV Brakes but a non HMV motor & Tonearm & Soundbox what does it add up to ? well, this is a Wartime machine which uses available HMV parts but as the Italian HMV Co were cut off from Hayes they simply bought in motors & parts from Thorens in Neutral Switzerland and made machines , it's as simple as that

Here's a record sleeve found by "the Squire" showing a German Version of this machine not identical but close :

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