More than just a home for compact discs and vinyl records, the Sound Recordings Archives also preserve a variety of sound recording and playback machines. Some are artifacts from previous eras, while others are still used to play obsolete formats. These images serve as a showcase of the kinds of materials used for playback throughout the history of recorded sound. They range from some of the earliest commercially available cylinder players to modern compact disc players. These images also illustrate the history of recorded sound and its manifestations in daily life with examples ranging from utilitarian to decorative.
All photographs were taken using a Nikon D90 by Paul Rickard and Sarah Modene.
Accessing the Equipment
The physical objects are for library use only. To access, please contact the BGSU Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives. All contact information can be found on the library's website.
BGSU Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives. “[Item Title],” Historic Sound Equipment Collection. [date accessed]. [link to item].