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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. We use it to record our masters.


This is an example of the blank cylinders we make, they are made in heated molds, of an aluminum stearate soap formula, just like original Edison brown wax blanks.

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.

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 Shawn Borri Audio Laboratories.

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.   Shawn Borri has manufactured over 13,000 wax cylinders since 2000. 




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
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!"