Great Britain, Glasgow
Orpheus & Co.
Wood, metal, plastic, glass, paper; casting, carpentry, lathing, manufacturing
136 x 66 x 49 cm
In selection panel windows: “PAT. No. 636971.”, “Manufactured by ORPHEUS & Co . 35 MARYHILL RD. GLASGOW N.W. Tel:- DOU.4707.”, “TO OPERATE. 1. WAIT UNTIL THE TOP LIGHT SHOWS. 2. DROP THE THREPENNY BIT IN THE SLOT. 3. PRESS THE DESIRED BUTTON….”
Play back device, one of the first electric juke-boxes, in vertical cantilevered walnut veneered case on swivel rollers. The façade right and left sides are decorated with wide panels. A row of rounded light color wood arc arranged planks is in the bottom part. A loudspeaker window, framed by narrow onlays and covered with metal lattice is above. The sectional lamp amplifier housing is on the case top. It is comprised of cylindrical wooden surfaces with milky plexiglas inserts. Inclined yellow metal tunes selection panel is inserted in the housing. Rectangular windows with paper inserts with the names of the tunes, the manufacturer’s name and the instructions manual are cut in the panel. Eight windows with the tunes’ names are arranged in rows in the central part. Round selection buttons are near them. Metal plate with coin slot is to the right. Colored backlight bulbs are installed behind the Plexiglas inserts. A shelf with sound amplifier chassis is fixed on the housing opening rear wall. General power tumbler switch is on the right section rear side. The case rear wall is on hinges. A shelf with eight panels of semi-automatic gramophone record players with piezoelectric sound boxes and wooden coin box is inside the case behind the rear wall. One standard gramophone record of 25 cm diameter, 78 rpm is on the disc of each record player. To listen to the music you have to drop a 3-penny coin into the slot. After that, the playback device with the selected record is activated, the tonearm descends and the recording is reproduced. After the melody is played, the tonearm rises and returns to its initial position, the movement switches off. Music media: 78 rpm gramophone record.