Columbia Graphophone Type HG - Home Grand, First Version



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Machines playing cylinders 5 inches in diameter were an attempt to increase volume by increasing the surface speed of the records. Edison called his cylinders 'Concert' records, while Columbia, prefering its own terminology, refered to this type of record as a 'Grand'.

While Edison offered only one 5 inch machine, the Edison Concert Phonograph, Columbia filled the market with at least five sping motor Grands.

This version of the HG, or Home Grand, was introduced in 1899 at a price of $100. A later version appeared in a squarish, disc Graphophone type case.




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