Beyond even vinyl

Most of us, if we still have a turntable, have just the one. (I have two, but I am certifiable.) But getting the most out of pre-digital recordings sometimes takes specialized equipment, especially if you’re working with 78s.

Or even beyond 78s. Here’s a replacement reproducer for an Edison Cylinder machine:

With both a 2 and 4 minute styli, this electric cylinder reproducer has none of the compromises of earlier designs, it tracks properly at 4.5 grams with its Stanton cartridge.

The cartridge is fitted to a miniature tonearm and is weighted so that it will track any cylinder of any thickness. Also any stylus could be fitted. There is also lateral tolerance so as not to cause stress on the stylus due to worn gears.

You can hear an acoustical recording made with this by clicking here. No computers were used in this reproduction, only a Timestep T-01EQ.

Our price $495.00 USD including 2 and 4 minute stylus and flexible cable.

Just the idea that you can still do this sort of thing is downright exciting, at least to me.


  1. Roger O Green »

    11 August 2019 · 1:39 pm

    I’ve had a 78 player since the mid-1980s. I need a new stylus.

  2. CGHill »

    11 August 2019 · 1:43 pm

    Don’t we all.

  3. Brian J. »

    12 August 2019 · 11:24 am

    After my last Chinese-built all-in-one cheapo record player quit, my beautiful wife gave me the turntable she used when she was into ripping records to MP3s.

    But it does not run at 78 speed, and I have to be able to listen to my old Tommy Reynolds Orchestra records.

    So I’m in the hunt for a new system if you have any recommendations. I’m not hoping to get something top-of-the-line. A bookshelf or all-in-one system would do the trick.

  4. jsallison »

    13 August 2019 · 6:34 pm

    I lusted after a Garrard, 0-100 turntable for years until, finally able to afford it, Lp’s had gone the way of the dodo. Now with my tinnitus and high frequency losses, CD’s are Good Enoughâ„¢.

  5. CGHill »

    14 August 2019 · 8:24 am

    Either my hearing is so good it measures as flat, or it’s so bad it measures as flatter.

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