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HMV Portable Model with RARE Lumiere paper horn


Seldom seen in the USA, particularly in fine condition, this HMV machine has the Lumiere pleated diaphragm horn!

 


Another view showing the delicate nature of the Lumiere system.

 


Close up of the diaphragm showing its very fine condition, with only 2 minor flaws: a repaired tear about 1/2" and a small separation along the rim about 1/2". The Diaphragm itself has a diameter of 14-1/2"!

 


The HMV - Lumiere support is a practical assembly that adds little weight to the unit.

 


The Lumiere medallion - fascinating!

 


That famous His Master's Voice logo -- a brand of great pride.

 


The Lumiere unit folds down flat, quite conveniently!

 


The top of the phonograph has book-matched quarter-sawn English oak!

 


Another view of the phonograph: Dimensions: 22-1/2" Deep x 17-1/2" Wide x 11" Closed (28-1/4" Open)

 


One last look: a view from the top -- ready for music.

 


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HMV, the British Victor Talking Machine Company cousin, did some things like their American counterparts, and other things very differently. This HMV portable machine is one of the very British, unique models that very rarely made it into the American households of the time and today. The Lumiere pleated diaphragm serves as both reproducer and horn, making a very loud, mellow, and hi-fidelity playback. This phonograph is an all-mechanical, all-acoustic gem and was produced in relatively low quantities for a premium audience. Due to the fragility of the diaphragm, few survive in fine condition. A superb instrument!


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