|Version: Feb. 4, 2014|
Here is an adaption of a Pathé 1 phonograph, fitted with a modern, straight Pioneer tone arm made of polymer graphite. The cartridge is a Shure SC 35 C, commonly used for old recordings, fitted with a sapphire stylus. The mounting holes in the cartridge shell are rather long, so the cartridge can be easily turned to make it track cylinders.
The tone arm is driven by the original feedscrew and rests on the bar where the horn used to move along with the movement of the reproducer. Even the original pulley is still in place and working. Power is provided by the original spring motor. There is an adapter for larger cylinders, which simply slides onto the standard size mandrel.
The player has been moving on the antiques market for a few years, and nobody remembers who modified it to its present state.
All images courtesy Philippe Beau.
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