From the Back Cover
"It is hare to imagine how any phonograph collector, seasoned or novice, could manage without The Compleat Talking Machine on the bookshelf or workbench." -- Christopher Proudfoot, Christie's, London
"Mr. Reiss leaves no stone unturned...a tour-de-force indespensable to most anyone who owns a wind up phonograph or is thinking of buying one." -- Cadence, The American Review of Jazz & Blues
About the Author
Eric Reiss acquired his first talking machine, a Brunswick console model, at the age of four and has been actively searching for old machines since his early 'teens.
Mr. Reiss was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1954. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in performing arts and political science, he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark to become a stage director at the Danish Royal Theater. Although he maintains his connections to the theater world, Mr. Reiss now works in marketing -- an equally nefarious occupation.