Today I bought my first Edison cylinder phonograph, a later Model B with a 2/4 minute conversion and a Model H 4 minute reproducer. I'm thrilled. It came with some extra parts that I think may be part of the optional horn mounting hardware, but I don't see how they would mount on this case. But to the point, the stylus is a light blue nearly perfectly round ball. Is this what it is supposed to look like? Do I need a different reproducer to also play 2 minute cylinders, which is important? BTW, the latest patent date that I have found on it is Nov 17, 1903. Thanks in advance.
Post by lucius1958 on Sept 29, 2019 21:32:27 GMT -5
It would help if you included some photos of the machine and reproducer: see my post on how to add photos.
The stylus on the H reproducer is sapphire (that's why it's blue): the shape, however, should be a very flattened "doorknob" shape, with the thin edge mounted parallel to the record grooves. If your stylus is indeed spherical, as you describe, it may be incorrect.
An H reproducer is capable of playing 2 minute records, though not as well as a C. I would suggest you invest in a C reproducer as well: they are not hard to find on eBay, or in the "Yankee Trader" section of the Talking Machine Forum.
Since my original post I learned the three metal parts are indeed the hardware for mounting a crane. They were the only parts included and none had ever been installed on this case. There is a slow “wow” to the machine that I am trying to exercise out. The machine appears to be recently serviced. The grease is fluid, plentiful, impregnated with graphite and a bit smelly. I read somewhere clumps of grease in the spring might cause a “wow” . Perhaps too much grease might do the same? The “wow” is not a loose drive belt, and is slower, less frequent, than the rotational speed of the drum. BTW, I think my stylus is actually fine, and thank you for your input!
By "drum", do you mean the mandrel, or the spring barrel?
I have not heard of excess grease creating a "wow" in playback: I would suspect damage to one of the gears, or a worn bearing, or a shaft that's not quite true. Photos (or a short video) would still be useful to see what you're dealing with.