VictorAuxetophone



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Introduced around 1906, the Auxetophone was another attempt to go beyond the limits of acoustic amplification.

Columbia had attempted to ramp up the volume with an amber friction wheel with its Twentieth Century cylinder Graphophone, in Victor's case the Auxetophone experimented with pneumatic amplification. An air compressor was installed in the innards of the case.

Note the metal tubing running to the special reproducer.


Victor Auxetophone
Front panel with original colorful decal.
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Auxetophone reproducer
Special reproducer.
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Auxetophone motor
The turntable was driven by a regular Victor spring motor.
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Auxetophone controls
Extra controls.

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Victor Auxetophone case
The handsome but unembellished mahogany case belies the complexity of its contents.

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report page 226
An excerpt from the Annual Report of the Smithsonian, 1908. The Gramophone and the Mechanical Recording and Reproduction of Musical Sounds by Lovell N. Reddie. These three pages contain technical drawings and explanations of the Auxetophone mechanism.
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Page 227 of the Smithsonian report.
report page 228
Page 228 of the Smithsonian report.

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