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Colibri portable gramophone, 1929


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A series of ultra-portable gramophones began to appear in the 1920s that, when closed, looked like a box-camera. The Colibri portable gramophone, illustrated here, was one of the smallest of this type. It was made in Belgium, using a Swiss-made diaphragm and motor

Like the later Thorens 'Excelda', the Colibri could play a 10-inch disc, but, because of its tiny turntable, it was necessary to secure the record with a clamping nut before playing it.

Size (mm): W 90 x H 90 x D 130
open: H 170 x D 250

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