Magnificent Rococo Alfred Graham Algraphone

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Magnificent Rococo Alfred Graham Algraphone

Post by Gmemg » Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:09 pm

I saw this some years ago and had to buy it ! it really is magnificent - although since i have seen the identical model but with a Chinoiserie finish ! It is all hand - carved and is based on a Rococo Wine Cooler ! it is models such as this which make the Standard Victor Or HMV Look as dull as they undoubtedly are !

Algraphone was a firm started by Alfred Graham in 1921 and provided high quality machines from a High quality address - they made many types of models all in period styles all with motors made by the firm - most unusual at the time when Swiss motors were common for such machines - the "novelty" part of the Machine was the sound deflector - the front panel isn't a door but a sort of drawer - front on brass rails which comes forward in front of the Horn and using a pyramidal panel on the back deflects the sound into the room - it works rather well !

The Tonearm is advertised as "gramolith" which alas is just a name - it's actually brass with a covering of a Rubber - like substance there is an auto brake BUT as the tonearm rests in a solid Rubber fitting which usually has deteriorated over the years this usually doesn't work !

The Case

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The SIde - showing the Gilt Bronze "Rococo" carrying handles - needed for the wine cooler but not for this !


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The Back door - showing carving to all four sides of the case - presumably as the machine would be pushed into the middel of a room when playing

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The Hand - Carved Legs resting on Seashells as the original Would have done

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The Motor - unique to Algraphones (and this one to this model) NEVER buy an algraphone without the original motor

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The internal Horn

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The Cast rubber section which goes through the motorboard and upon which the tonearm rests

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The Autobrake - which , when working properly is operated in one movement by the tonearm

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The Interior Showing the tonearm & the soundbox with Lifebelt


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The tradeamark

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Hear it in action here :


and compared to an HMV 511
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