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Edison-Style Phonograph Kit

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Edison-Style Phonograph Kit
Edison-Style Phonograph Kit

Edison-Style Phonograph Kit

$54.99

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This kit is a cylinder recorder that uses a needle to cut sound waves onto wax candles.… More>

Product #: MKGK42

Otona no Kagaku Edison-Style Phonograph Kit is a cylinder recorder that uses a needle to cut sound waves onto wax candles. This wonderful Gakken kit lets you relive the excitement of Thomas Edison's discovery as he successfully recorded and played back sound for the first time on a similar cylinder recording system back in 1877.

Please note: As with all of our wonderful Gakken kits, the included instructions are only available in Japanese, but are precisely illustrated for easy assembly.
  • It is possible to record/play about 50 seconds of sound
  • Takes about an hour to assemble and requires no special tools
  • Assembling the kit yourself helps to understand the principles of sound recording and playback
  • Thomas Edison first experimented with sound recording by using paraffin paper, metal cylinders wrapped in tin foil, and then eventually settled on wax cylinders. As the story goes, the first thing to ever be successfully recorded and played back was Edison reciting "Mary Had a Little Lamb".” Gakken's phonograph kit lets you recreate a model of how Edison first experimented with sound recording and playback, replacing the wax cylinder with regular plastic cups.
    Instructions are only available in Japanese but have excellently illustrated diagrams.

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