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For sale is Edward Amet’s short-lived delicate phonograph.  This 1896 phonograph plays cylinders with a hollow tipped glass rod instead of a sapphire stylus coupled to a diaphragm. 

The tonearm is a fragile glass tube with a stylus formed at the end, mounted to a crude “bellow” chamber reproducer made of wood and rubber and fitted to a wooden post.  The Echophone is run by a clockwork motor.  The original skeletal clockwork is fully functional as it powers the gear train, which drives the mandrel, whose speed is regulated by a simple two weight governor. Sound is transmitted through the hollow glass rod to the sound chamber and then through earphones. The glass rod with stylus, has been expertly replaced by Paul Baker as the original had been broken. The mandrel is gutta percha. The wood sound chamber has original rubber bands. The castings have a Japanned finish.  The base is original with stamped “Echophone Patent Pending.” The cover is an excellent reproduction. The phonograph does play, however the fidelity of the Echophone is not hi-fi.  The motor works well and plays a cylinder provided the machine is kept level.  The volume will be rather low.  Few of these fragile little machines have survived. This is a novel machine that was originally priced from $5-10.00 in 1896. A pair of earphones are included with the phonograph.


The machine can be delivered to the Wayne Show (April 30) or to the APS Show (June 17-18).

Sorry, no shipping.

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    3,800.00 USD
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