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Published on Feb 23, 2009
Here is Billy Murray, one of the most popular recording stars of the early 20th Century singing "By the Beautiful Sea" from 1914, backed by the Heidelberg Quintette. The song was composed by Harold Atteridge and Harry Carroll. The Columbia Graphophone is a Model AH (second style) from 1905. The AH was a "Front Mount" Graphophone with the horn attached directly to the reproducer (sound box). Later graphophones & gramophones were of the "rear mount" variety with the horn attached instead to the rear of a tapering tone arm, thus taking stress and weight off of the record and providing the ability to swivel the horn to the desired direction for play.