combines the fun of vintage phonograph research, repair and
restoration to help provide useful information about the phonograph
industry, some of its early leaders, the companies, and wide variety of
This web site is a hobby too; you'll see my amateur
photograph interest in the Photo Gallery and Shows, Clubs, More section.
There really isn't any "About Us", just me. Jack
If you'd like to contact me or send a message, please
Contact Jack here.
Like many phono-enthusiasts whose interests in phonographs and
gramophones are very wide, I'm interested in Edison
phonographs, Victor Talking Machines, the RCA Victor 45 phonographs and the unique Ristaucrat
family of phonographs. I'm also interested in
some business leaders in the phonograph/gramophone industry, specifically
Thomas Edison, Emile Berliner, Eldridge Johnson, Charles Sumner Tainter, William Barry Owen and
David Sarnoff presented here.
What is a
an instrument that
reproduces sound recorded on a grooved disc or cylinder
machine in which rotating records cause a stylus to vibrate and the
vibrations are amplified acoustically or electronically.
gramophone was the most popular device for playing recorded sound from
the late 1870s through the late 1970s. Ok, radio later.
What is a
are the common type of connections between turntables/CD
players/tuners/mixers/ amplifiers to link audio products together i.e.: the red & white sockets on the back of all CD players.
I hope this web
site will help make connections between people who want to
research, repair, restore and collect vintage phonographs.
The word 'phono' found on the RCA phonograph connector is an abbreviation of the word
phonograph because the RCA jack was originally
used to connect the audio output of a phonograph to its
corresponding amplifier input.
RCA, formerly an
initialism for the Radio Corporation of America is now a trademark used
by two companies for products descended from their common ancestor, RCA.
Thomson Consumer Electronics which manufactures RCA-branded
televisions, DVD players, VCRs/PVRs, audio equipment &
accessories and Bertelsmann AG (now Sony BMG Music Entertainment), which
owns the RCA Victor and RCA Records record labels.
Although many know
the name RCA Victor, RCA Corporation was ultimately broken up in the
1970s and sold to General Electric (GE). GE was formed as Edison General Electric in 1889
when Thomas Edison's electric companies were brought together.
Later in 1892 when Edison General Electric merged with its leading
competitor Thompson-Houston, Edison was dropped from the name and the
company became known simply as General Electric. We've come full circle
as this part of RCA has been absorbed into General Electric.
What is the scope of the PhonoJack website
The interest in
phonograph related hobby is wide and varied. The rate of growth in
the number of phono-enthusiasts is accelerating as information and trade
is more readily available on the Internet and as boomers find more time
and money to devote to this fascinating hobby. I hope to keep this
web site a work in progress for a long time. My key areas of
Edison, the greatest inventor; gave us the phonograph
Emile Berliner, the inventor of the practical disc gramophone
Eldridge Reeves Johnson, founder of Victor Talking Machines, RCA Victor
Charles Sumner Tainter, the father of the Talking Machine, graphophone.
William Barry Owen, founder of British Gramophone Company
David Sarnoff, successful businessman, chairman RCA
spring-wound cylinder phonographs
spring-wound phonographs and
RCA Victor 45 RPM
- Ristaucrat phonographs
- Ristau Brothers
Francis Barraud, William Barry Owen, Emile Berliner
and Eldridge Johnson might appreciate my updated version of His
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