Good quality vintage wind-up gramophones are getting hard to find and as more and more enthusiasts are discovering these early music machines the supply is dwindling. One of the most popular portables of the 1920s was the HMV model 101. It had a reliable motor and a very good No.4 sound-box, which although still made of mica, had a large diaphragm which gives very good sound quality. Indeed the quality of sound from a 101 can often be as good as that produced by the No.5 boxes used in the 1930 models like the HMV 102.
In the last couple of years the HMV 102 has been the most sought after portable, but collectors and new-comers to the hobby should be prepared to try a 101. They will be pleasantly surprised by its performance.
The gramophone works well and has storage for a small selection of favourite records in the lid. This is a machine that is well worth thinking about, especially as a first gramophone for coping well with your collection of 78s.
The model in the picture is an early example from about 1925. It is in good condition and plays very well with a No.4 sound-box. This early model has the winding hole at the front of the case and the longer winding handle is stored on clips around the back of the turntable.