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The Compleat Talking Machine: A Collector's Guide to Antique Phonographs Paperback – 25 Aug 2007


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Technical guide to talking machines 20 Feb. 2011
By R. Klein - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was recommended to me by a friend who has a number of old phonographs as a good guide to understanding the problems that might plague old players, both cylinder and disk players, and how to address them.

There is a nice background about old phonographs, their invention and evolution, and most of the book is dedicated to problems and repair. There are photos and text to provide guidance to approaching repairs - many of which are not so complicated and can be accomplished by the average collector.

It's a good guide to learning how the mechanisms work, the interrelatedness of the pars, and smart ways to fix, find and/or replace parts, misalignment, and other common problems.

It's a useful reference for restoration and repair of these intersting old machines, from the mechanical aspects to the restoration and repair of the cabinet finish.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
phonograph 6 Feb. 2012
By daniel - Published on Amazon.com
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excellent book, easy read suitable for the beginner who wants to start the restoration of his phonograph.Also useful for dating your machine with a series of black and white photographs of various models.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Talked me through reproducer work 8 July 2012
By TruthAndBeauty - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was recommended to me by a vendor of gramophone parts. I'd never replaced the mica on a reproducer before, and this made the process painless. Just what I needed. Glad this book is out there!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Really informative book. 28 Jan. 2012
By Ronald Wasserman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is really a very thorough book for such a wide subject. Obviously you can't describe all the repairs possible on all the hundreds of different machines out there, but he comes close. I was able to get my Columbia graphanola working. I bought the machine for $80. at a junk shop. Love it. A machine 100 years old that still works. How many things today that you buy will still be working 100 years from now.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent resource! 21 Sept. 2012
By Erica - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought a working wind up phonograph that needed a little TLC a year ago as a little project. However, I got hung upon a few parts of the repair/clean. What a relief to find this book! It has been very helpful in getting the last parts of my project done. It covers all different kinds of repair and information on how to replace the different parts of a phonograph. I was especially happy with the information about how to clean/ repair the metal wind up mechanism. That was a bear to work with, but the book gave great information and instructions. Highly recommend!
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