For some reason You Cylinder never caught on.


You can make a phonographic record of your own voice or record your favorite radio program through an attachment on a new combination radio and phonograph. The attachment does not interfere with the ordinary use of the instrument for playing a record or program.

For record making, a microphone picks up voices and transmits them to a blank record through an electric “pick-up” similar to the reproducing arm of a standard electrified phonograph.

  1. Stannous says: March 13, 200710:18 pm

    Careful, Apple will be out with the iCylinder any day now…

  2. galessa says: March 15, 20073:06 am

    it is not explicit if the media is a wax cylinder or a acetate record. wax cylinders were used for home or office recordings since the 1900s but does anybody knows when the recordable acetate record was introduced? they were common by the 1940s…

  3. Jeremy Hopkin says: October 23, 20078:51 pm

    The first truely commercial radio/home recording units were introduced to the public in the Fall of 1930 by Victor (which had just been taken over by RCA). They used pre-grooved, flat, 6 inch home recording discs, not Acetates.

    I have one of those types of consoles, the Victor model RE-57. (Not the console pictured in this article)

    For the most part, true “Acetates” are garbage now – the flimsy recordings flake away from their metal cores. Whereas these 1930s recording discs are still in pretty good shape.

    And no, they were not recording on cylinders at this time. No, not made of wax either.
    There were a few units that used “wire” recorders though, that’s a whole different concept altogether.

    And, to record your voice it used a “carbon” microphone.

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