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My DECCA 30 Art-Deco workingFull sreen : click on the video
1915-1940 MusicClick on arrow to listenWhat was dancing our grandmothers
The English brand HMV (His Master's Voice) is one of the best known brands in the world withs known logo ! This logo is a small dog "Nipper" looking inside a gramophone mouth. This brand is known in French speaking countries as : "La Voix de Son Maître"
Francis Barraud 1890 with his painting of Nipper
Christian R. Fonck Click on picture to enlarge
Berliner record, 5 inch
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"Since the invention of the phonograph and the gramophone, the parrot became a bird whose need is no longer felt." Alphonse Allais (French humourist)
This site is the portable gramophones collection showcase of Christian Fonck, Geneva. All the gramophones are genuine vintage item, restored or not. None of these gramophones does matter not known or invented at the time of its assembly. Most portable gramophones was assembled between 1910 and 1955, the component materials are noble material: wood, leather, chrome, tin, steel, velvet, felt ... There is no item of the collection for sale (If you want to buy an item, please, look at "E-Store" page) Thank you for your interest. If you have a question, please use the form in "contact" page
The history THE PHONOGRAPH The American inventor Thomas Alva Edison patented the first phonograph on 24th December 1877. His device can record sounds through a round ended stylus attached to a metal diaphragm. This stylus records the sounds by embossing a tin foil placed on a cylindrical mandrel on which a groove is already cut. Once the recording completed, it can be read by the stylus which transmits vibrations to the diaphragm which turns them into sounds. Subsequently, tin will be replaced by wax (Alexander Graham Bell's idea) which after engraving will improve the quality of the recording. Around 1901 a new process of molding wax cylinders allows their mass production. In 1912, the cylinders were made of celluloid… THE GRAMOPHONE The gramophone patented and developed by the German Emile Berliner in 1887 takes the brainchild of Charles Cros deposited at the Academy of Sciences of Paris in April 1877, eight months before the filing of Edison. It is distinguished, not by the shape of the support used, disk instead of a cylinder, but how to engrave. Indeed, if the cylinders are cut vertically, the 78 rpm records are cut laterally. The idea of Charles Cros is based on the inversion of phonautograph patented in 1857 by French Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville who made the first lateral graphics recordings. Constructed to study the sound vibrations and not for to reproduce them, one of his phonautograms dated April, 9 1860, the now famous "Au clair de la lune" was digitized by a team of American researchers in 2008 and made audible through computer. Seen under a microscope, a lateral-cut groove is like the meandering river on a map. If Berliner is responsible for the adoption of this process, you should know that it is not the first to be tested. There is indeed such a disc recorded registered at the Smithsonian Institute in 1881 and made the same year by Charles Sumner Tainter… To be continued … The phonograph and the gramophone ... The History. To read more, please click here : "Curiosities"
King Chain Productions was set up in 2008 by filmmaker David Reeve. Dave studied film and passed with a Bachelors degree in Radio Film and Television from C4 Kent University. He moved to London where he found work as a researcher at the British Film lnstitute. ln this time Dave started producing films, working with upcoming filmmakers,until he decided it was time to helm films himself. Visit his amazing site at http://www.kingchainproductions.com (for this collaboration with Portable Gramophones, titles and credits have been made by Christian Fonck)
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The history of the gramophone (vintage clip)
Emile Berliner recording Begining of the XXth century Cliquez the picture to enlarge
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