How to Make a Good Record on a Mechanical Phonograph

You've found an old phonograph that can both record and reproduce. Here is how to make about the best record you can.

Steps

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    If you have just got a hold of the phonograph,make sure all the parts function.
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    Replace the reproducing head with the recording head.
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    Take the blank record and slip it on the mandrel.
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    Wind the machine up about 8 turns, then start it.
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    Place the recorder on the left side of the record about 1/2 an inch from the side of the cylinder. You are now recording.
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    If you want to record talking, stand about 6 inches (15.2 cm) back and talk steadily into the horn. If you wish to play an instrument, stand about 2 feet (0.6 m) back and then play with the hole in the instrument pointing into the horn.
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    When done playing or talking, brush the record with a soft brush ,replace the reproducer, and enjoy!

Tips

  • Violins don't record very well.
  • You should buy or make new blanks instead of using old ones.
  • This also works with the Ediphone, Dictaphone, Dictabelt, and pretty much any other mechanical recorder.

Warnings

  • DO NOT OVER WIND THE PHONOGRAPH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Avoid touching the stylus.

Things You'll Need

  • Recording/reproducing phonograph.
  • Blank phonograph record.

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