Wednesday, June 20, 2018




                                                             RECORD STORAGE                                               PART 1


We have thousands of 78 RPM records which were originally stored in cardboard boxes.   That makes it hard to find one, even if you know which box it is in, so we built wall racks and arranged them alphabetically.


We keep getting more and recently have had a lot of them on the floor in boxes.

Thus it was time to make more wall racks.   We had a good empty space next to the existing racks for a place to put it.

A grant from Home Depot provided the necessary plywood.   We then did the proper millwork to get the parts ready and we were then ready to begin making a new wall rack.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018




                                                      MASON HAMLIN STYLE S


We just received the donation of a Mason Hamlin Reed Organ style S.   It was built in 1885 or 86 and is a quality machine.   It used a lot of mahogany and the rollers are metal rather than the standard wood.


The top cover is hinged with props and is opened for more volume.   At some point, we think the cover was opened and allowed to fall over the back of the organ.   It can only move 180 degrees before it catches on the rear side and apparently it split the rear cover.    We glued it back together and will put a chain stop on the lid, so that it does not happen again.

One of the front medallions is missing and the other was broken.   We glued the pieces back together, then glued the medallion back in place.


The organ plays weakly and probably has leaks in the pumps or reservoir which we will likely not try to correct.  The finish is in good shape and is original.   All in all, this will make a nice addition to our collection of reed organs.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018



                                                                       VICTOR VV  I-90


We just received the donation of a Victrola.   As is often true, it needed some work but we are delighted to have one that was missing from the collection.

The mechanical repairs turned out to be easy.   The real challenge was the case.

Made in 1927, this model is the least expensive of the Orthophonic series introduced in 1927, designed to play the new electrically recorded 78 RPM discs.   It sold for $75 when new.   There are not many survivors in good condition, because the veneer used was not well glued and often fails when exposed to moisture.    This one was no exception and had a lot of loose veneer.

The first step in repair is to remove the base.


Then the loose veneer must be reglued.


Of course some cleaning and wax needs to be applied.   A new cloth for the speaker outlet is a must.   When done, we have a fine addition to the collection.