Edison Cylinder Phonograph

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Edison Cylinder Phonograph

Post by richardm123uk » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:47 pm

Hi there,

Well if we are talking retro gear then this maybe an appropriate place to post. I am interested in getting a Edison Cylinder phonograph. I love the sound of wax and acrylic cylinders but thought about the possibilities of using one live (through my modular).

Does anyone know what to look out for when buying one? Were there any that could play all formats?

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Post by ndkent » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:03 pm

How about the sound of a plastic cup?

http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails ... Code=MKGK4

... Actually their deluxe version which cuts grooves right into a compact disc for their premium Berlinner Phonograph replica kit is a brilliant concept.

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Post by shamann » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:06 pm

This site has a lot of info:

http://www.tinfoil.com/

As an alternative to hunting down stuff on the antique market, you may first want to try something like this:

http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails ... Code=MKGK4

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Post by richardm123uk » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:24 pm

Great, thank you for the links. Makershed looks like an alternative!.

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Post by shamann » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:51 pm

I've been eyeing that plastic cup kit for years, but never got around to getting it. If you get the kit, let us know how it works out.

I've done a lot of music using recordings of Edison cylinders, but I've taken the lazy way out by using this:

http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu

They offer 24-bit unrestored transfers for free, and the Edison recordings are in the public domain.

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Post by richardm123uk » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:02 pm

Wow, I have just realized that my wife has the whole set of CD's from Tinfoil.com.

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Post by thetwlo » Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:43 pm

my friend just gave a related presentation earlier this week:
http://www.washingtoncomposers.org/page ... renti.html[/url]

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Post by lightpolite » Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:45 pm

shamann wrote:I've done a lot of music using recordings of Edison cylinders, but I've taken the lazy way out by using this:

http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu

They offer 24-bit unrestored transfers for free, and the Edison recordings are in the public domain.
What a fantastic resource. Thanks for posting this!

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Post by ndkent » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:00 pm

shamann wrote:I've been eyeing that plastic cup kit for years, but never got around to getting it. If you get the kit, let us know how it works out.
Actually I don't remember that specific (plastic drinking cup) one from a couple years ago.

I saw another Japanese kit some years ago that as I recall was made of unstained wood and used a coffee cup. And then my conceptual favorite is their more expensive Berlinner "Victrola" style phonograph that can scratch a recording onto the surface of a CD ...or so they claim.

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Post by shamann » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:27 pm

ndkent wrote:Actually I don't remember that specific (plastic drinking cup) one from a couple years ago.
It was originally available through that Japanese magazine that comes with cool stuff to build (is it called Gakken?), before Makershed started selling, I used to have a bookmark to some Japanese store that would sell back issues.

I did an album made entirely from processed cylinder recordings in early 2007, so I know I've been looking at the kit at least since then.

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