Kalamazoo Duplex Phonograph



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Manufactured around 1906-1909 in Kalamazoo, Michigan by the Duplex phonograph company, this unusual twin-horned machine was advertised in popular periodicals and sold by mail order.

The design of the motor suggests that motor production was sublet to Columbia, although the motor does not swap with any Columbia disc machine models.

Litigation initiated by the Victor Talking Company forced the Duplex out of business.

Although the dual horns did not represent a significant technological breakthrough, the odd looks of the Kalamazoo Duplex have always made it a collector's favorite.


Kalamazoo Duplex phonograph
The rectangular oak case was decorated with a colorful banner decal.
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The Duplex phonograph
Details of the double spring motor. Note the Duplex stamping.
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Kalamazoo Duplex reproducer
The two-faced reproducer.
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Kalamazoo Duplex cabinet
Rear view. The horn rest at the right is sometimes missing from surviving examples.
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Kalamazoo Duplex horns

The silk-wrapped horns were suspended from a special horn cradle.
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