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Colibri portable gramophone, 1929 - open and with disc in place ready to play. This is the Colibri player, open and with a disc in place ready to play. The compact player folds away into a small box.

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Colibri portable gramophone, 1929 - Transducer unit showing the disc clamped to the small turntable. The transducer unit showing the disc clamped to the small turntable. Vibrations from the record groove are transferred to a diaphragm inside the transducer unit, causing the air around it to vibrate. The small support disc was a substitute for a full turntable and the record is clamped tightly on to it.

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Colibri portable gramophone, 1929 - Overview of unit, open with arm extended. Overview of the unit, open with arm extended but without disc. The player is extremely compact with a small internal clockwork motor.

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Colibri portable gramophone, 1929 - unit with arm compressed and folded away
The unit with arm compressed and folded away. Because the arm tube tapers, it easily telescopes outwards to its full length. The needle has to be placed in the correct position on the record's playing surface, in order to trace an arc across it and so the arm needs to be a certain length to achieve this.

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Colibri portable gramophone, 1929 - Sound-outlet cavity View of sound-outlet cavity. In a player of this small size, there is no acoustic horn and so the sound travels through the arm and emerges from this port on the side of the unit. The short tunnel meant that the sound produced was not very loud.

Rotations and views

A selection of views from the interactive rotations, to view the whole set of rotation images you can download colibri.zip (KB) which contains all 36 images.

Colibri portable gramophone, 1929
Colibri portable gramophone, 1929
Colibri portable gramophone, 1929
Colibri portable gramophone, 1929
Colibri portable gramophone, 1929
Colibri portable gramophone, 1929

 
 

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