You guys have any idea what this is? The round part on left has Edison Records stamped on it. To the right of that is a reproducer. On the backside looks to be a mount for another reproducer...but reproducer is missing. Sorry for picture quality...
Thanks for any info...
Last Edit: May 29, 2020 20:05:43 GMT -5 by rschultz
Post by lucius1958 on May 29, 2020 20:32:51 GMT -5
Is there any writing on the other sides?
It looks like a 3-way "universal" reproducer set: one diaphragm for lateral 78s; one for Pathé or similar vertical discs; and one for Edisons. The Brunswick "Ultona" reproducer used a 3-way system, but only using 2 diaphragms. I wonder if anything could be found about this in the "Talking Machine World" issues from the 1910s.
PS: You might want to share this on the Talking Machine Forum: you're more likely to get some expert feedback.
Last Edit: May 29, 2020 20:38:23 GMT -5 by lucius1958
Thanks. Attached a couple more pics. Only text looks to be “pate pend”. Unfortunately, it’s not in great shape... one pic shows a piece broken off. I’ve never seen one of these...and thought it was an Interesting item.
Post by lucius1958 on May 30, 2020 22:18:20 GMT -5
That's "Pat(ent)s Pend(ing)"; indicating that a patent had been applied for, but not yet issued. There's a website for US patent archives; patents.google.com if you use search terms like "phonograph", "sound reproduction", etc., and limit your search dates to 1910 or later, you might have a chance of coming across the documents for this device.
The missing diaphragm is probably for Pathé-style verticals; as a lateral needle chuck is clearly visible at the bottom of the last photo.
As I have said, contact the Talking Machine Forum, and you'll get some excellent help.
Last Edit: May 30, 2020 22:32:05 GMT -5 by lucius1958