Interesting Links

Here's some interesting links to other early phonograph and phonograph record related websites:

EdisonRecords.com - Publications by Ronald Dethlefson

Ron Dethefson's Edison record books as well as reprints of Edison phonograph manauals are available through his website. If you want to learn more about Edison cylinder records, then you must have Ron's books! I find that his reprint of the Motor Manual for New Edison Disc Motors is a great reference for Diamond Disc phonograph owners.  [www.edisonrecords.com]

The Truesound Online Discography Project Documenting the Acoustical Era (1888-1930).

If you have MS Excel spread sheet software, then check this website out.  You can download databases containing detailed information about Edison cylinders, including record numbers, performance titles, recording dates, recording locations, artists' names, etc.  Please keep in mind that most Edison Blue Amberol cylinders produced after 1915 were dubbed from Diamond Discs, and their titles are therefore included in the "Edison (Diamond Discs)" file.  These databases are huge and they take a long time to download, but it is worth it!  Many thanks to Chris Zwarg, the author of this website. [www.truesoundtransfers.de/disco.htm]

Edison Cylinders Chosen for the National Recording Registry

This is a very interesting site where you can listen to three wax cylinders recorded by Edison and his associates in late 1888 and early 1889. My favorite is entitled "Around the World on the Phonograph", on which you can listen to Edison describing an imaginary trip. The recording is primitive and you have to listen very carefully, but you can detect some of Edison's sarcastic humor.  [www.nps.gov/edis/pr_loc_rec_020103.htm]

The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music

The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music is part of Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins University. It contains over 29,000 pieces of music and focuses on popular American music spanning the period 1780 to 1960.  This collection includes many of the songs featured on Edison cylinder records!  If you want to learn the words to some of the songs, then this is the place to look them up. The sheet music cover art is just outstanding! [levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/]

Adam Dubin's Vintage Phonographs and Sound Recordings

If you like Victor phonographs and 78 rpm jazz and blues recordings from the 1920s, then check out Adam's website. His collection of phonographs includes some fine examples of external horn machines, portables, and internal horn floor models. [home.comcast.net/~amdubin/wsb/html/view.cgi-home.html-.html]

The Michigan Antique Phonograph Society (MAPS)

Don't let the name fool you, MAPS has members throughout North America and the world, with local chapters throughout the United States. It's members are dedicated to collecting and preserving early disc and cylinder recordings and antique audio equipment as well as sharing information. The Society publishes a monthly magazine called In The Groove, that is chocked full of all sorts of phonographically-realated articles and photographs. If you enjoy listening to old records and tinkering with wind-up phonographs, then I strongly recommend becoming a member of MAPS. [www.michiganantiquephonographsociety.org/]

Janet Klein And Her Parlor Boys

Janet and her band perform all sorts of wonderful tunes from the first three decades of the 20th Century. This is great! [www.janetklein.com/web/main.htm]


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