Algraphone Algrette - Seymour Machine ?

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Algraphone Algrette - Seymour Machine ?

Post by Gmemg » Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:30 pm

I've seen several Algraphones - the Rococo one i bought some years ago was magnificent (they even did a chinoiserie version of that which was grotesque ) and two others - one in Christie's where it didn't make much as it was a giant machine and another one recently which was cheap but being nearly 8ft long and mostly record cabinet with very modest horn i just couldn't do anything with it and i doubt it will sell when the owner puts that into auction !

I did ,however buy a smaller Algraphone from ebay recently (it was really cheap with terrible photos ) i've had one before of the same type but plain Mahagany and this one , when collected turned out to be inlaid satinwood and very nice indeed ! but being a smaller model they are called "Algrettes" but follow the same principles as the large models with a Sonat Soundbox, "gramolith" Tonearm - just black sprayed Brass, Very simple thin plywood horn and the algraphone drawer - front "diffusor"

The Horn arrangement & deflected sound is such a typical Henry Seymour idea and there's no doubt of his influence in the design even if he didn't actually design it himself - this is a small machine but the sound is most certainly not small and far above anything i was expecting in volume & quality

Here's the machine Just after it was delivered - it was complete but did have a detached spring

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inside the Lid - note the Massive Hinges used on all Algraphone machines



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The Centre of the turntable - marked "graham" the makers of the Algraphone

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The speed Control gives instructions to "Lift off turntable to oil Motor"

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The Tonearm base - mounte don a cast block of rubber which connects tot he top of the Horn - here distorted but still usable


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The Motor Mountings - the larger ones have a cast plate with Algraphone cast in

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The Trademarks

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The "diffusor" Drawer Front with angles reflector behind

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The motor - unique to Algraphones but with distinctly garrard overtones !

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The Side - the springs are held outside of the box meaning you just undo a grub screw and remove the central bar and then unlock both springs, so easy



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The winder side showing the casting


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A very odd feature - the governors are open with a "Wick" oiler - something only seen on later Garrard triple spring motors for columbia

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The Horn - primitive, thinly made but very effective - also showing the rails for the drawer fronts

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and a Video of it in action

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Re: Algraphone Algrette - Seymour Machine ?

Post by donjohnson24 » Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:53 pm

Colonel, your link is to a picture, NOT a video!

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Re: Algraphone Algrette - Seymour Machine ?

Post by Gmemg » Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:23 pm

Whoops - you're quite right - i'm glad someone's paying attention !
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