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   Berliner Gramophone Co. Disk Phonograph 1896 - Montross Motor Berliner Romfi # 10189
Item Name: Berliner Gramophone Co. Disk Phonograph 1896 - Montross Motor Berliner

Company/Creator/Event: Berliner Gramophone Co.
Country of Origin: United States
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Year of Introduction: 1896
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Patent Nr. : 598529
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In early 1896, Berliner contracted with Eldridge Johnson to develop an improved spring motor for a gramophone. Johnson turned to machinist Levi Montross to help him manufacture a spring-motor gramophone for the Berliner company, and they filled the first order of 200 machines that Berliner requested by Aug. 10 at $4 each wholesale. Montross received patent 598,529 for his design. (Eldridge Johnson in the next year designed a simple and inexpensive motor that became the standard for the next few years [patent 601,198]). The motor, if you look at it, was ahead of its time, and was a style that was later imitated by many other manufacturers. Johnson however was looking for a more cheap, economical motor & developed his minimalistic version that became the backbone of early Berliner & Victor successes.

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Manufactured Quantity: 600
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Known Existing Objects: 2
Known Serial Nr. Range: M-1479 to M-1479
Average Price: $0.00
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Posted Date: 10 Feb 2004



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