This kit allows you to build your very own gramophone, which will let you record and play back disks made from the lids from cup-noodle bowls, old CD-ROMs, plastic file folders, glossy paper , basicly any shiny or semi shiny material with a certain amount of rigidty. The only things they don't provide in the kit are 2 size "C" batteries, cellophane tape, a Phillips' head screwdriver, and scissors.
They also sell Cup Phonograph Kit in Edison Style
which they don't sell as many of, because of the unweildy prototype nature of the Edison Cylinder scheme,
and the fact that Edison was a monopolizing bastard who succeeded in squashing Berliner's developement
of the Gramaphone disc system (which actually preceeded Edison's machine by a number of years) .
It's about 40 bucks after shipping and I'm not kidding about buying me one. If you enjoy this site, have found out something useful from it, or are just plain altruistic, order one and send it to the adress listed in the left hand sidebar. Tribute must be paid.
MORE ON EMIL BERLINER AND THE EARLY DEVELOPEMENT OF THE GRAMOPHONE
Emil Berliner and The Birth Of the Recording industry (From The Library of Congress)
Invent Now Hall Of Fame
Emil Berliner From About Dot com
Sound Visualization And Analysis In The Pre Electronic Era