I'm wondering if you can help me and apologies if this is a daft question:
I have an Edison Standard Phonograph c1900 and am wondering if you can help me identity a mystery component. Apologies if this has been answered elsewhere but I've searched the internet for this one in vain.
The metal ring that holds the reproducer head has a silvery metal box attached to it, on the opposite side to the stylus. This box is oblong with rounded corners and the upper half of the box can be pulled apart from the lower part, to some extent, although they are held together with wires. I'm wondering what its purpose is. It doesn't seem to be a counterweight. If any of you could shed light on this, I'd be really grateful.
You're describing the shaver. The oblong box is supposed to catch the wax swarf from shaving blanks used for home recordings. You'll notice a tiny rectangular area on the outside of the box - - that's the blade. Don't let it contact your cylinders while playing!