the Web site of noted recorded sound historian and much-published author Tim
Fabrizio, dedicated to preserving,
understanding and purveying antique phonographs, talking machines,
gramophones, Victrolas, graphophones, and
related items such as Edison, Victor, Columbia, Zonophone, Berliner,
Brunswick, RCA, Talkophone, collectible records, cylinders and 78s, needle
tins, Edison memorabilia, "His Master's Voice" Nipper the dog,
and morning glory horns.
This site was
established in February, 1997
Revised 12-01-13 -- our seventeenth year on
(Yes, our Web site is actually older than Google! )
Fabrizio appeared in a segment
the PBS TV show "History
to the Psycho-Phone,
an antique talking machine with an intriguing secret! Now that the
secret has been revealed, if you'd
like to read more about the fascinating Psycho-Phone,
watch the show on your computer by going to: http://www.pbs.org/video/video/1143720703/program/1138014438
the images above to see more pictures of these machines!
"phonophan" is changing -- Tim has embarked upon semi-retirement.
You will still be able to visit phonophan for beautifully restored
antique phonographs and information, so be sure to check phonophan.com
often to see what's new.
From a recent customer:
Tim, Well, you've done it
again! My 'new' Victrola VIII showed up right on time, meticulously packed
and looking exactly like the photographs on your website. I couldn't wait
to get it set up, 'cranking' out the tunes. Frankly I was amazed at the
sound quality! For years I've been playing 78's on a modern turntable and
sound system (which sounds great, of course) but my memory had mislaid the
captivating vintage sounds that a newly refurbished reproducer and new
needles can make. Modern digital recordings are technically perfect of
course, but they can't match listening to the old music, heard through the
veil of surface noise, bringing alive the artists and music of a bye-gone
age. It's like pulling back the curtain and walking down into the parlor
once more. You can look at an old photograph of someone, but if you can
hear their voice, they're alive again." M.H., WA
LOVE THE VICTROLA!!! It showed up on one of the coldest November days
in Minnesota. My 2 girls danced around while I played the 78s that
came with it. Now every time we get it going my 1 year old runs up to
me with her arms up to dance with papa. Thank you so much for having
such great products and customer service." -- Daniel M.
the heck is Tim
image at the right to find out!