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EMG XA gramophone, 1931: details and images

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EMG XA gramophone, 1931 - pick-up arm The pick-up arm is articulated halfway along to facilitate access to the turntable. Holding the stylus is EMG's high-quality circular transducer unit. Also visible is the brake lever, which applies pressure to the turntable to slow it to a standstill.

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EMG XA gramophone, 1931 - threaded column where the horn is attached
This is the threaded column to which the instrument's horn is attached. Designed with a low centre of gravity to enhance balance, the horn still needed two people to attach it: one to fit it stably into the threaded column; one to circle the machine repeatedly until the horn was screwed in place.

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EMG XA gramophone, 1931 - mahogany veneer finish A mahogany veneer finish meant the device would fit with the grand interior of the wealthy owner.

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EMG XA gramophone, 1931 - surface of the horn Close-up image of the surface of the horn, which consists of heavy papier maché material allegedly formed from old copies of The Times. This material absorbs a great deal of the surface noise and crackle from the discs, and thus improves the quality of the sound output. The horn is 28 inches across.

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EMG XA gramophone, 1931 - brake lever and felt turntable covering Close-up image of the brake lever and felt turntable covering. The XA was finished to a very high standard as befits a unit aimed at the connoisseur. This model and others from the same stable were manufactured well into the 1940s.

Rotations and views

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

EMG XA gramophone, 1931
EMG XA gramophone, 1931
EMG XA gramophone, 1931
EMG XA gramophone, 1931
EMG XA gramophone, 1931
EMG XA gramophone, 1931

 
 

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