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This is an original, restored professional recording head, used at Edison's 79, 5th ave recording studio for creating original Edison Gold Moulded, Amberol, Blue Amberol and Diamond Disc master records, before some of the most famous artists of the 1903-1925 era. The likes of Sousa's Band, Collins and Harlan, Billy Murray, Sophie Tucker were recorded to master wax with this instrument to create original commercial records at Edison's factory. We use it to record our masters. Recording head photographed from the Collections of The North American Phonograph Company.

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This is an example of the blank cylinders we make, they are made in heated molds, of an aluminum stearate soap formula, known by collectors as "brown wax" . Unlike the commercial process, of the 1890's we use a longer, quality process of pre heated molds, and slow cooling in still air, a premium blank of American know how! Original commercial blanks were force cooled with wet towels, and the outer tube forced off. The compound, molding, shaping, and shaving all done in our facility, nothing is outsourced or made by others! Come and Visit us if you are in the neighborhood.

North American Phonograph Company, is a manufacture, of high quality, hand made phonograph blanks. NAPC offers live cylinder recording using equipment that cut master cylinders at Edison's New York, 79 5th avenue recording studio, circa 1903-1929. Most do not realize the rarity, of the event recording with this special recorder. When the recorder was new, it was not allowed to be seen by musicians, only Edison's trusted sound engineers, Mr. Walter H Miller, Theo Wagemann, Fred C Burt, and George J Werner, and nobody else, we no longer hide the recorder. Check out the North American Phonograph Company Store on the side links, that is where you will find blanks or re-issues of pre 1929 cylinder recordings for sale, we do not accept orders for anything not in the store. These are made of authentic metallic soap, and recorded with original proprietary Edison studio gear, and NOT commercially produced home recorders. The cylinders we make are recorded on original Edison studio equipment. When it comes to actual physical items that made Edison commercial cylinder records in the 1903-1920's, you could say, that we are a continuation of Thomas Alva Edison's love of the cylinder phonograph, and vertical recording, and one of the few places that uses Mr. Edison's Studio equipment. I am sure if you are a seasoned collector you may doubt this, feel free to call and argufy at (815) 876-6897 from 4pm-8pm CST. We like human interaction and questions.

The North American Phonograph Company In Chicago recording Rob Scallon for his famous Youtube videos. This is the first time that a live metal band performs in front of an acoustical, original, Edison master studio recorder, it has over 600,000 views!

Wax cylinder recording session at Bix Beiderbecke's 

Childhood Home in the Quad Cities.  Andy Schumm And His Dixie Flat Landers.  Recording blanks and machine by The North American Phonograph Company. This session used an an Edison recording head circa 1898.

The Photos Below are of Pablo Helguera-Archive Dead Languages Conservatory. Shawn Borri produced the cylinder records for this project. The project started in 2004-ongoing, and comprises of over 400 recordings. North American Phonograph Company still uses the Edison Cylinder Record for ethnography and Ethnomusicology. The recordings are located in such museums as The Nelson-Atkins Museum of art, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Guggenheim in New York.   Shawn Borri has manufactured over 13,000 wax cylinders since 2000. 

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We are the acoustical recorders who recorded Thomas Negovan's 10" EP "By Popular Demand" a 45rpm record of 8 original songs, recorded entirely on our wax cylinders, and an 1890's Edison Automatic recorder. It is also the first and only recording of its kind!

Cick here for information on my latest project that is with Chicago Artist Thomas Negovan. This exciting project. I made the blanks and the cylinder recordings, this special project is being released on a limited 500 copy 45 rpm 10" record, I am so excited about the release!

Mickey Hart, and Shawn Borri
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At Vernon Downs Raceway in New York

Mickey Hart and Shawn Borri at Vernon Downs Raceway in New York with recording phonograph, and blanks.  Micky Hart is the purcussionist for the Grateful Dead, and sound enthusiast, and author of Song Catchers, published by National Geographic. Hart said of the work of Shawn Borri  "My book come to life!"

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