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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sonoran Pub; 5th edition (August 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886606226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886606227
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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.

More About the Author

Eric Reiss has been meddling with service- and product-design projects for longer than he cares to remember. Today, he is CEO of The FatDUX Group, an international user-experience design company headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. Eric has also lectured on design principles at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, is a former Professor of Usability and Design at the IE Business School in Madrid, and serves on the advisory boards of several universities and institutes in both Europe and the United States. His Web Dogma, a design philosophy that transcends both fashion and technology, has been adopted by 1000s of developers and companies around the world.

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It has been very helpful in getting the last parts of my project done.
Erica
Good overview of machines from various makes such as Edison, Victor, Columbia etc.
D. Luce
This book came highly recommended to me as a novice in phonograph repair.
Ted Ferber

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Klein on February 20, 2011
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This book was recommended to me by a friend who has a number of old phonographs as a good guide to understanding the problems that might plague old players, both cylinder and disk players, and how to address them.

There is a nice background about old phonographs, their invention and evolution, and most of the book is dedicated to problems and repair. There are photos and text to provide guidance to approaching repairs - many of which are not so complicated and can be accomplished by the average collector.

It's a good guide to learning how the mechanisms work, the interrelatedness of the pars, and smart ways to fix, find and/or replace parts, misalignment, and other common problems.

It's a useful reference for restoration and repair of these intersting old machines, from the mechanical aspects to the restoration and repair of the cabinet finish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By daniel on February 6, 2012
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excellent book, easy read suitable for the beginner who wants to start the restoration of his phonograph.Also useful for dating your machine with a series of black and white photographs of various models.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erica on September 21, 2012
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I bought a working wind up phonograph that needed a little TLC a year ago as a little project. However, I got hung upon a few parts of the repair/clean. What a relief to find this book! It has been very helpful in getting the last parts of my project done. It covers all different kinds of repair and information on how to replace the different parts of a phonograph. I was especially happy with the information about how to clean/ repair the metal wind up mechanism. That was a bear to work with, but the book gave great information and instructions. Highly recommend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TruthAndBeauty on July 8, 2012
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This book was recommended to me by a vendor of gramophone parts. I'd never replaced the mica on a reproducer before, and this made the process painless. Just what I needed. Glad this book is out there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Wasserman on January 28, 2012
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This is really a very thorough book for such a wide subject. Obviously you can't describe all the repairs possible on all the hundreds of different machines out there, but he comes close. I was able to get my Columbia graphanola working. I bought the machine for $80. at a junk shop. Love it. A machine 100 years old that still works. How many things today that you buy will still be working 100 years from now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Luce on November 26, 2011
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This book is really good at what it sets out to cover which are basic hints and suggestion for how to fix up your older acoustic wind up phonographs. Plenty of helpful pictures and advice. Have applied much from this book to the really world. Good overview of machines from various makes such as Edison, Victor, Columbia etc. Though was a very good value. As many of us know the only way to hear the really old 78's is on a wind up phonograph. Digital transfers of old 78 music to CD and iPod just doesn't sound right to me so I thank Mr. Reiss for contributing his knowledge to us who like to keep the older wind up machines in working order so we can hear music as it was intended to be originally.
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