I happened to be in Carmel, California for New Year'Eve and on New Year's Day, I strolled the beach (almost as good as Sydney...) and browse the numerous shops that were open, thanks to the GFC. And I stumbled upon a beautiful antique shop specialising in music boxes and...old gramophones (I am not sure we should call them turntables just yet...)
And amongst all these treasures, I found what I believe is quite rare: an Edison cylinder machine in perfect working order!
Is it the ancestor of our tangential arm? I let you be the judge...
The Russian lady who owns the shop was quite surprised to find a Frenchman, living in Australia, interested in these old things.
(well, I hear you say, likes attract likes...but we won't go there!)
So, here it is for your enjoyement, plus a couple more photos of gramophones.
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.