Is this gramophone playing good?

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Is this gramophone playing good?

I want to buy this HMV 102 gramophone, but I am a little bit disappointed of its sound. I posted two youtube links with the gramophone while playing two different records. Pay attention especially to the second video. The song is distorted or slowed down in few places. Is a faulty record, does the gramophone need to be cleaned and greased or it's just me who is paranoid and the sound is fine? What do you think, guys? Please help me. Thanks.

Here are the links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn6uZ5-WUuI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nas-fyVLv0

RE: Is this gramophone playing good?

Well a friend of mine had that model and once told me that he's had some problems with the diaphragm because the gramophone stood in a place with high humidity. He found out that there have been a corrosion at the rim of the diaphragm. Afterwards he was completely satisfied with it and had no further issues...

one good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. (bob marley)

RE: Is this gramophone playing good?

Surely the second record is going too fast? But I would have thought the sound was OK on the first. Steel needles were available with different points described as "loud" or "soft" tone.

As a child our HMV electric record player plugged into the radio pickup sockets  took similar needles and I was told on no account must steel needles be used on the expensive classical records and I have many memories of sharpening what we called fibre needles after each side. Steel needles were allowed on the light music records from the grandparents which had already been played with steel on an acoustic machine.

Best of luck!

RE: Is this gramophone playing good?

oh, I found someone with exactly the same issue - maybe it's possible to contact him because of it? Funny...

one good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. (bob marley)

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