> From: Paul Charosh <[log in to unmask]>
> A friend has acquired a GE radio/phonograph, ca. 1931, with two arms: one
> for playback, one apparently for home recording. We would like to learn
> more about it.
> It needs much repair and we wonder whether anyone in the NYC/Long Island
> area would be interested in contacting the owner.
> Paul Charosh
Roger Kulp wrote:
> I have a table model version somewhere.I thought it was later than 1931.
If your friend provided a model number we would be able to get exact
information. But I was going to question the two arm aspect, because in
1931 this would have been a version of something like an RCA RAE 45
which recorded on the RCA pre-grooved plastic discs with a single arm.
A horseshoe shaped weight was placed over the reproducer and a rotary
switch under the arm would be set to put the output of the amp into the
arm to vibrate the needle which widened the pre-groove. In the LATE 30s
there were many brands of two-armed recording machines that almost all
were just like the Wilcox-Gay Recordio. I suppose GE made one also.
Most of these were table models, but there were some floor models.
These are so common in perfect condition it is probably not worth fixing
if it is one of these. If it IS from the early 30s, it probably is
worth restoring but I am doubtful it is from the early 30s if it has two
arms. Provide us with a model number or a photo.
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]