THE DEALERS A
look at a few of the most important people in the automated music show--our
THE APRIL 2001 NOTEWORTHY NEWS
and Judy Koenigsberg
A Lecturer in Latin, ancient Greek and Roman literature at Brooklyn
College, Allen Koenigsberg attributes his interest in the history of the
phonograph to his longstanding interest in the origins of things and how
they develop as part of culture and society.
Koenigsberg purchased his first Edison cylinder phonograph in 1960, and
in 1969 published the book Edison Cylinder Records.
In 1974 Konisberg began haunting the US patent office to research a second
book. Sixteen years later he published The Patent History of the Phonograph,
a comprehensive and authoritative re-examination of the history of the
Koenigsberg has been interviewed in the New York Times and has appeared
on national television.
He offers perhaps the worlds largest selection of phonograph related
catalogue reprints and reference books.
On the web: www.phonobooks.com
PAUL and TIM FABRIZIO
Tim Fabrizio has been interested in the history of the
phonograph since 1970, when he purchased an Aretino machine for $50 at
local flea market. He got a copy of the companys incorporation papers
from the State of Illinois, because he couldnt understand the purpose
of the 3 spindle.
George Paul has written scholarly papers for the Archives of Recorded
Sound and the New Amberola Graphic.
The longtime friends had discussed writing a history of the phonograph,
but, relates Paul, Tim said, Well never find a publisher.
A couple of months later he called me and said,Youd
better sit down.
At a show, Fabrizio had received an offer of a book contract from Schiffer
Publishing. A year and a half later the resultant work was The Phonograph,
An Illustrated Compendium, the first of seven books for Schiffer.
The pairs newest work is Phonographs With Flair, an overview of
the hundred year lifespan of the analog phonograph, focusing on its visual
design and visual evolution. As usual, they split the writing and photography
of this profusely illustrated volume.
Fabrizio had trained as an actor at Boston College, and had held jobs
as a folksinger, chef in health food restaurant, and one week stint as
a a rock star in London, before he opened and sold a small chain of bookstores
in Rochester, New York.
George Paul holds a masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology
and currently works as an administrator. His hobbies including playing
the guitar and collecting toy trains. He notes that he has been happily
married for 25 years.
On the web: www.phonophan.com
and JANYNE SMITH
hardly seems possible, but its been over 15 years since Norman and
Janyne Smith of Youngstown, Ohio were profiled in the inaugural issue
of Noteworthy News (September, 1985).
Since that time the Smiths have established and sold a sheet metal business,
and after a few years hiatus, are again manufacturing a full line of high-quality
reproduction phonograph arms.
It isnt every couple who keep a smelter furnace in their garage,
but thats where the castings begin their life. Each arm is patterned
in a fine sand from an original. The rough castings are smoothed, drilled
and polished on the premises.
The phonograph companies at the turn of the century probably did
sand casting also, he says, except that they used matchplates
so that they could do hundreds of castings at a time.
All the aluminum Columbia tone and support arms are back in inventory,
as well as arms for oddball machines such as the Harvard and Double Bell
Replacements for the always cracked pot metal Orthophonic brackets are
now available in two sizes, for the big Credenzas and the Consolettes.
Also in stock: Busy Bee reproducers, 10 conical horns, knurled screws,
and many Victor arms. Coming: Columbia turntables.
The Smiths have also perfected the art of repainting a petalled horn.
Janyne, an artist, meticulously brushes hand painted flowers on the horns,
which glow irridescent like the originals. The horns quickly sell out
at the automated music show.
The Smiths used to sell a catalogue of their arms with dimensions and
illustrations, which was very useful as an identification guide for front-mount
machines. The catalogue is out of print, but a new version should be available
in about six months.