Emile Berliner of Philadelphia experimented with the manufacture of flat disc records and disc talking machines in the early 1890s. Berliner had a background in telephony, and was to hold several important early telephone and microphone patents.This string wind Berliner, first offered for sale in 1894, was the ancestor of all disc talking machines. It was difficult to regulate the speed with this hand crank arrangement, and the problem of a reliable spring motor was not solved until Berliner's association with Eldridge Johnson, culminating in the Improved Gramophone of 1898.
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