Now Hear This!  by George Petrovsky

“Daaahling, where is that quaint music coming from?”

No, not from an Em Pea 3 or a blackberry or blueberry or a raspberry or boysenberry. You won’t find it on aye, tunes or yew tube or on your eye pod or Anne Droyd.

Thomas Alva Edison must take credit for this marvelous music machine! Who? Look him up….quite an inventive fellow!

Yet another exhibit at the Temora Regional Museum. Just go there if you can!

Nikon D80, Sigma 17-70mm lens @ 17mm, hand held. Program mode, 1/6 sec @ f 2.8, ISO 400, Pattern metering, Auto Exp & WB. Could I resist mucking about with this image in Photoshop Elements 3? Not really…..

An old photographer and his dog trying to find what turns a photograph into a worthwhile picture. Perhaps try to take a worthwhile photograph in the first place? The digital darkroom is a creative, fascinating place. If only I could learn to use it and the cameras I have to best effect… I love “mucking around”, as you can see!

Now, you know all my stuff is Copyright If you try and pinch any of it, I’ll jump through your screen and rip your bloody arms off!

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  • Photography by Mathilde
    Photography by...over 2 years ago

    This looks a wonderful museum, George – wonderful “wind-up” gramaphone 1

  • Thanks for visiting the museum, Mattie! This gramophone still works after a 100+ years – I’m not sure whether all the new doodads will be! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • John44
    John44over 2 years ago

    A fine shot my friend.. a touch of nostalgia

  • Good morning, John! Glad you like this shot of one of the first commercial music machines! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Beautifully captured George.

  • Thanks very much for your comments and for the fave, Julie – much appreciated! Get down to this great Museum if you can – it’s well worth it! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • GailD
    GailDover 2 years ago

    My mother in law has HMV version of these. I’m hoping I’m in the will.
    Great shot .

  • Thanks muchly Gail, glad you like this pic. Be extra nice to your M I L – and show some interest in it! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 2 years ago

    Another beauty – a nostalgic calendar coming up?!!

  • Thanks, Rosalie – glad you like this pic! A whole calendar could be made just from Bradman’s house – I’ll see what else I can come up with between now and then….:)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography
    © Hany G. Jada...over 2 years ago

    Ahhhhh…. What a sweet sound that I hear – the spinning of an old 78-rpm on a wind-up gramaphone. Is it Nipper that I hear in the background too? What a lovely piece of nostalgia indeed; and one that would continue to work beyond any Em Pea Tree or Crackberry; and one that would continue to bring us those quaint and lovely sounds with a quality that could not be reproduced by any tube or pod or droyd. Now that my dear George proves that YOU are His Master’s Voice. Hany

  • Hany, your comments are music to my ears! Indeed, a brilliant piece of technology, where I believe the whole horn moves along the little rail, propelled by the needle moving along the grooves in the rotating cylinder upon which the music was recorded. As an engineer, I’m sure you can appreciate this ingenious design!
    We had a HMV player, a more “modern” one, where 78s could be played at 45 or 33.3 rpm and vice-versa! Where do you think Alvin & the Chipmunks and modern Disco DJs got their ideas from? Good old Edison! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantover 2 years ago

    This is a wonderful look back into memory lane George, it’a a fav for me,

  • Thanks very much Malcolm, I’m in a bit of a nostalgic mood at the moment… I’m pleased you’ve added this to your favourites! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • kamaljeet kaur
    kamaljeet kaurover 2 years ago


  • Long before all the new fangled electronic stuff was invented, music came on a cylinder and the speaker was directly connected to a steel needle, following the grooves…. Thanks for you comment, Kamal. See if you can locate one of these in one of your museums! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

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