Thursday, April 11, 2019

Pre-vinyl Recorded Music

On a recent trip to Prague, we visited the Nostalgic Museum. The owner had a large collection of devices for playing recorded music before vinyl records were popular. These included music boxes and organs that played using metal or cardboard discs or paper rolls.


A few music players in action

A multi-instrument music player

A multi-instrument music player. Cymbals, drum, chimes, and triangle.

Phonograph. Uses a wax cylinder.

Zinc discs

Ariston. Uses rotating cardboard discs and compressed air. 

Herophon. The plate is stationary while the machine rotates.

Mechanical Autoharp

Baroque Clock

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