Vintage Operating Manual for Berliner’s Gramophone

Known as the inventor of the phonograph and gramophone, Emile Berliner left an undeniable legacy for audiophiles. Below is the original operating manual for his gramophone.  It may not be as glossy as today’s booklets but it’s nice to see that even the earliest devices had lengthy instructions!  Pay special attention to #14.

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Berliner with a disc record gramophone.

 

Emile Berliner’s gramophone : directions for users of the seven-inch American hand machine (Credit Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.)  Clicking on each photo will bring you to a larger, high quality version.

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