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Audio and Video Talk => The Vintage Audio section => Topic started by: Tom on November 07, 2012, 09:19:44 PM

Title: Is this Vintage?
Post by: Tom on November 07, 2012, 09:19:44 PM
1918 is the date I have on this baby...still works (Makes the hair on my arms stand up) and also has the very rare little case holder for spare needles

(http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2007/03/Mikiphoneclosed_450x345.jpg)

(http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2007/03/Mikiphoneopen_450x365.jpg)
Title: Re: Is this Vintage?
Post by: mahleu on November 07, 2012, 10:11:39 PM
Yes it is. Awesome little thing, i've only seen a couple.
Title: Re: Is this Vintage?
Post by: u235 on November 08, 2012, 07:18:33 AM
I believe vintage is good - I have only ever seen one of those!

What's the availability of replacement styli once the tin runs out?

What are they made of?
Title: Re: Is this Vintage?
Post by: Tom on November 08, 2012, 12:51:41 PM
To be honest, I am not sure what the needles are made from, there is quite a few and at the rate I am using them (Sparingly) I don't think I will ever run out. Somehow it looks like they can just be sharpened/styled again? Perhaps anyone with more knowledge of the needles can give us some input.
Title: Re: Is this Vintage?
Post by: mahleu on November 08, 2012, 01:50:34 PM
It takes normal gramophone needles which come up on Bidorbuy often, or antique shops. You may be able to sharpen them (not too sharp...) But they're normally plated so they may tarnish.

Needles are only meant to last for both sides of a 78 apparently.
Title: Re: Is this Vintage?
Post by: CORY on November 08, 2012, 01:56:12 PM
We cut tips off thorn from acacias :thumbs:
Title: Re: Is this Vintage?
Post by: fdlsys on November 08, 2012, 01:58:43 PM
Needles are only meant to last for both sides of a 78 apparently.
I can get you later day modern material muuuuuch longer life-span needles for a song! R1 each, how's that for a bargain of a lifetime!!?

Or.... you can grab the gardening scissors yourself and go shave the neighbour's prickly-peer cactus on your own! :RTFM:

 :point:
Title: Re: Is this Vintage?
Post by: fdlsys on November 08, 2012, 01:59:17 PM
 :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs: Perfect!
We cut tips off thorn from acacias :thumbs:
Title: Re: Is this Vintage?
Post by: Steerpike on November 08, 2012, 02:00:38 PM
'Needles' were made of steel or brass, or plated brass. Or fibre. Each apparently has its own tone.
Often shellac record have emery powder mixed into them so they polish the needle to the appropriate shape within a few revolutions.

Records played on acoustic reproducers do not have a long life!
Title: Re: Is this Vintage?
Post by: Tom on November 08, 2012, 02:18:48 PM
Some of the needles looks like brass and some look like brass plated

Going to go find an acacia boom
Title: Re: Is this Vintage?
Post by: Steerpike on November 19, 2012, 06:59:27 PM
I found this in my 'stuff'.
(http://www.uploads.co.za/files/msf4bo6q2prs51m9xp21_thumb.jpg) (http://www.uploads.co.za/files/msf4bo6q2prs51m9xp21.jpg)

I bought this tin (well it was bough for me since I had no means at that age) in about 1973, when I was given an old Columbia gramophone. The Columbia came from the music department of the Johannesburg Highschool for Girls; they were about to dump it. Now I suspect the JHSG has BECOME a dump.
Title: Re: Is this Vintage?
Post by: skollie on November 19, 2012, 08:36:19 PM
We cut tips off thorn from acacias :thumbs:

Using thorns is the worst thing you can do to shellac records. You may have instant gratification at a more silent play but there's no heat dissipation through a thorn 'needle'. As you play, friction from a thorn melts grooves due to heat build-up.

mafioso