Hello and welcome to EdisonRecords.com! Here you'll find current, in print works available for purchase in addition to information on older, out of print texts that will answer many questions about Edison and other makes of records and phonographs. However, price or appraisal information about records and phonographs is not available from me.
Ron Dethlefson is Professor Emeritus of Communication at Bakersfield College in California. He has collected early records and phonographs since 1953 and has written about Edison records and phonographs since 1980. Since 1999 he has collaborated with George Copeland, a scholarly collector of popular and operatic recordings living in St. Louis. Ron Dethlefson also writes a monthly column for In the Groove, a publication of the Michigan Antique Phonograph Society. Since 1980, he has been a consultant and volunteer at The Henry Ford in Dearborn Michigan.
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Bob Baumbach operates Mullholland Press and has published my books for several years. He is the recognized world's expert on Victor Talking Machines and Victrolas. His web site contains information about how to get books about these phonographic artifacts.
Allen Koenigsberg runs Antique Phonograph Press (APM). He is one of the most knowledgeable sources about records and phonographs manufactured primarily before 1930. His web site has an extensive list of books related to this subject.
Tom Hawthorn runs Hawthorn's Antique Audio specializing in auctions of pre-1930 recordings and features a selection of Edison cylinders and Diamond Discs. Their auction items are accurately graded and shipped with care to winning bidders.
Phil O'Keefe's site, Edison Phonology includes interesting information about Edison cylinder and disc records, as well as Edison disc and cylinder phonographs.
René Rondeau has been collecting phonographs almost as long as I have. His specialty is tinfoil phonographs, the first devices to record and play back sound. His current book Tinfoil Phonographs is the only complete source of information about these very first phonographs. René has also included a chapter describing tinfoil records, the first audio software. There is even a chapter devoted to the methods for spotting replica tinfoil phonographs, those machines recreated with varying degrees of accuracy and sometimes offered to present-day collectors as original artifacts. Please view René's website for details of how to purchase his book, Tinfoil Phonographs.