Vintage sound recording and reproduction equipment from the NFSA's artefacts collection.
Together, these beautiful artefacts contribute to the story of recorded sound in Australia.
This radiogram from the early 1970s was donated to the NFSA in 1994 by a Canberra homeowner.
Combined Akai X-2000SD reel to reel, cassette and 8 track cartridge player with speakers.
Comprises a black metal microphone with chrome head and chrome handle with an opening at the base to screw into a stand. Electrical cord is attached.
Off white portable radio with two small circular dials and HMV logo in centre bottom. Approximate size: 260mmx80mmx160mm. Manufactured 1950.
An early (possibly one of the first) CD players. Top loading via a hinged transparent lid. Aluminium body over black plastic base.
The radiogram has two pull down drawers at the front with a turntable on the left and radio on the right.
Blue and bone leather cased portable broadcast band transistor radio, badged 'His Master's Voice', bone leather carry strap. Battery operated. Manufactured 1965.
'Dictaphone' is a trademarked name, but the term has come to be synonymous with machines used to record the voice.
Self-contained light blue record player with bright blue plastic tone arm and speed selector, and a blue slip mat.
This square tin portable gramophone was made for children. It includes a black horn, green felt platter and a wind-up key.
Approximate dimensions with lid open: 160mmx160mmx210mm.
Wire recorder made of sheet steel, silver and brown powder coated, including microphone made of brown painted cast aluminium.
Yellow sports Walkman and Discman. The Discman says on it ;'AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter System) Groove CD Compact Player'.
Silver coloured metal bottom half, metal mesh on top half. Includes a metal holder with which to pivot the angle of the microphone which would attach to a microphone stand.
Hand held black metal microphone with mouth rest. Two gauze protection covers over mouthpiece and black rubber hand grip. Microphone cord is non-detachable from both ends.
Portable professional tape recorder contained in a blue carry case with strap. Contains two main reels with a number of dials located on the top and the side.
Mahogany coloured Sonora Gramaphone. Lid opens upwards to reveal a green felt turntable with a chrome stylus.
The Mellotron is an electro-mechanical polyphonic tape replay keyboard, originally developed and built in Birmingham, UK in the early 1960s.
Two orange hand-operated cassette players with handles. Kit also contains two red and grey plastic hand-operated record players.
The Edison Standard D model phonograph dates from around 1908 and has a clockwork spring-powered motor. It has been fitted with a recorder head that can play back two-minute cylinders.
Long before vinyl records, cassette tapes and compact discs, there were wax cylinders.
Contemporary artists make new recordings on 19th century wax cylinder technology at the NFSA.
Tasmanian Aboriginal recordings are inscribed in the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.
WARNING: this article contains names, images and voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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