Beltona Peridulce Gramophone

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Beltona Peridulce Gramophone

Post by Gmemg » Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:06 pm

The Beltona Peridulce is an interesting machine - i owned one years ago and sold it ot the "Dear Chap" then this one was bought by "the Squire" who kindly let me photo it - he brought it to "the Preceptory" in a carrier bag !

I've heard of "pocket"battleships but a "pocket" Cabinet Gramophone ? well this could be one - but it's not alone for some odd reason some companies made very small machines which could easily be used (with the lid shut) as Coffee tables ! this is one. it's measurements are 34" High 17" wide and 21" Deep - the mouth of the horn is just 12" across

The Beltona Peridulce is a gramophone directly embodying the ideas and theories of Captain Barnett who was a BIG name and great influence in the early Gramophone Magazines - his theories were widely followed and eventually in the early 1920's he brought out slim books repeating and updating his theories , sadly within a few years his theories became more irrelevant & he vanished from the scene

BUT in 1924/5 he was still someone of influence and Beltona chose to make these machine according to his ideas including :

"Small Horn, Large Soundbox & Vice Versa"

"Use a Horn of non metallic construction"

Remember these ideas are LONG before EMG and it could easily be argues that Captain Barnetts ideas along with Henry Seymour and Mr Wild combined to create "EMG"

Here it is :

The case is in the Neo Classical "Adam" or (Sanderson) "Miller" Style

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The Tonearm is a Basic Style with removable end so a Pathe Soundbox could be used - Capt Barnett Tested Pathe disques as well as UK ones

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The Soundbox is an Off the Shelf Pianina Body with a Metal Diaphragm AGAIN years before EMG (Disassemble the soundbox and you find it is an adaption of a Beltoa Box )

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The Horn from the front - there would have been a gauze curtain behind the wood baffle hiding the horn

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And from Underneath - there is NO base in these machines to allow "free Flow " of Air - what that does i cannot imagine and completely ad odds with most cabinet machines which are solid with metallic horns using the solidity of the case to "push" against

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The Horn is NOT liek an EMG one and most certainly is NOT "paper pplique" but a sort of strange arrangement of either thin wood or card ribs with a covering of possibly leathercloth of even thin leather - it's VERY flexible and NOT Solid like an EMG horn , in fact it's rather ore like a raised Umbrella ! - it is fixed over the cast iron curve by being tied with string which was then sealed with rubber glue - it is very different to any other type of horn and unique to these machines

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Just to demonstrate how small this machine is here's the horn next to a 10" record

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A few Pages from Captain Barnett's Book - the front & back Covers :

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The Soundbox advertised

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Some adverts for other odd inventions & specialist soundboxes

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and Here it is playing a few records - despite the small size of the horn it plays very well and much more impressive than anyone would think


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