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The history of mechanical music in the home

The Phonograph Room houses our collection of vintage "talking machines" and is now located at Compass Music and Arts Centre in Brandon, VT. We are now expanding into more modern record players, tape recorders and early hi-fi up to 1970, vintage radio and TV.

The collection is intended to be a modest working display, not just a static museum, and machines are in varying condition - several are to be fully restored and rebuilt. We will also be setting up a vintage recording archive with hundreds of 78s & 45s for sale, and phonograph-related prints and gifts.

Hours/admission

The Phonograph Rooms have just moved to Compass Center and are still being assembled. The main room is complte and we are busy with the newer additions.
Entry is $5 adult, $4 senior, $1 under 14
. Not suitable for children under 8. Parties welcome!
Free entry to Friends of Compass

Personal demonstration and tour by prior arrangement: $10 per person


The Compass Center is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm - come and visit Cafe CMAC for a snack, and wander around our exhibits and stores. Compass is also the head office of Divine Art Records, a major international classical record label; Brandon Music Publishing; Red Clover-Sew Vermont; Melanie Considine (art photographer) and Champlain Marine Art, and more artists are joining us soon.Fully accessible builidng.

Do you have an old phonograph/radio/obsolete TV (pre-1970) taking up space?
The Phonograph Room is always pleased to accept donations of items, and accessories of any type relating to them such as old catalogs, ads, magazines, owner manuals, record cleaners and peripherals..... larger items can be accepted for display on 'permanent loan' as with most museums. We also want to build a team of helpers with skill in vintage electronics, cabinet working, and also to assist with guides and security. Let us know if this is you!

 

Records for sale:
until we set up our own sales page, you can see records for sale at GEMM.com - click here
Currently, we have collector's 45s. 78s/LPs to come too. We don't sell donated records, only duplicate copies.

News:
The Phono Blog will appear around October 2014.

Just acquired:
Wilcox-Gay Recordette
home disc recorder (1949)


Shop:
We'll have a number of accessories and gift items for sale: first off check out our own souvenir brand steel needles in three tones
(click 'accessories')

coming soon:
Gallery of Record Labels
vintage ads
78s for sale

 

 

 

 

Managed by Compass Music and Arts Foundation, a non-profit corporation. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to rescue and preserve our recorded heritage.

The entrance fees and voluntary donations will help us to preserve a fast-disappearing part of our cultural heritage.

Donate by Paypal here or contact us.

 
 
Compass Music and Arts Center, 333 Jones Drive, Park Village, Brandon, VT 05733 | 802-247-4295
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