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Thorens 'Excelda' portable gramophone, 1932
 
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Thorens 'Excelda' portable gramophone, 1932: details and images

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Thorens 'Excelda' portable gramophone, 1932 - transducer unit with steel stylus. Close-up of the Thorens transducer unit with steel stylus. Thorens was a renowned Swiss manufacturer of gramophones and this model is a remarkable feat of compact miniaturisation.

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Thorens 'Excelda' portable gramophone, 1932 - Winding hole for the clockwork motor and the winding key. This is the winding hole for the clockwork motor and the winding key. The clockwork motor inside the unit would, when full wound, drive the turntable for just over the length of a single 10-inch record side.

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Thorens 'Excelda' portable gramophone, 1932 - Speed regulator Close-up of the speed regulator showing the words Presto & Lento (Fast & Slow). Playing speed could be increased or decreased by about 5 per cent.

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Thorens 'Excelda' portable gramophone, 1932 - parts within the case when disassembled.
Overview showing the arrangement of the unit's parts within the case when disassembled. This unit is a good example of the compact, foldaway players of the time, known as 'camera-phone' players because of their resemblance to portable cameras.

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Thorens 'Excelda' portable gramophone, 1932 - general view with lid detached. General view with lid detached.

Rotations and views

A selection of views from the interactive rotations, to view the whole set of rotation images you can download thorens.zip (10MB) which contains all 36 images



Thorens 'Excelda' portable gramophone, 1932
Thorens 'Excelda' portable gramophone, 1932
Thorens 'Excelda' portable gramophone, 1932
Thorens 'Excelda' portable gramophone, 1932
Thorens 'Excelda' portable gramophone, 1932

 
 

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