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HMV record player, 1950s


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In 1950 the EMI Group declared that it would continue to develop the principle of a common 78 rpm turntable speed. This decision delayed their entrance into the market for Columbia's long-playing (LP) and RCA's 45 rpm discs. EMI, who owned HMV, produced this three-speed (33⅓, 45 and 78 rpm) record player when they finally resolved to issue their first LP microgroove records in 1952. By this time, however, their main competitors were already well established in dealing with the new technologies.

With its built-in speaker and portable features, such as a handle and latches to secure the lid, this machine followed a broad standard of design that remained familiar for many years, as the later Dansette record player illustrates.

Size (mm) open: W 450 x H 495 x D 320
closed: H 227

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Listen Brahms: Symphony no.2, fourth movement (rec. 1952)

This recording of Toscanini conducting the N.B.C. Symphony Orchestra is taken from one of HMVs early 33⅓ long-playing releases.
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