"The Connoisseur's Gramophone", in Walnut this model cost £50 in 1928. (In 1928, you could buy a terraced house in London for £350, when average earnings were about £131 per year).
Designed by Horace Balfour Davey, it used an ebonite horn suspended from the motor board. It curled around 270 degrees inside the cabinet. The horn diameter is 18" inside and 20" outside rim. The horn is made of "Ebonite" and is 67 inches long from the base of the tonearm to the lip, with a 12" tonearm that makes it a 79" acoustic length.
David Phillips new E.M.G soundbox design utilized the patented Meltrope back with its compressible rubber seal and was “tuned” to play different types of records and also “tuned” to use steel, bamboo and thorn needles.
The cabinet was built by "artist-cabinet-makers", Frank Darrieulat.
Video of this EMG Mk VII playing Singapore Sorrow by Fred Elizalde
|E.M.G Mk VII||New longer Gooseneck with Quincke tube||Paillard GGR 255||EMG Exhibition type with Meltrope back||270° Davey Ebonite horn||Built by Frank Darrieulat. H-4' W-28½" D-22½"||Oak-£40 Mahogany-£45 Walnut £50||1928|