[D8847ACE], Letter from Gaston and Marsh to Thomas Alva Edison, September 18th, 1888


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[D8847ACE], Letter from Gaston and Marsh to Thomas Alva Edison, September 18th, 1888

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The Writer arrived in Detroit with Phonograph, the latter however, going by express. Some of the wire on the field magnets was wound too loosely, and in consequence the jolting the machine received threw strands of wire up on the wooden revolving table, the friction stopping the motor. This "bug" was soon found and then the instrument worked beautifully. Acting on your suggestion we have tried the Phonograph in taking a speech and find it O.K. even though the speaker turns his bak on the machine standing a few feet away. ### The battery, zincs, extra cylinders, and chromic acid notyet arrived; presume Ott has had too much on hand to attend to this as yet. The Phonograph of treadle machine is here. Thanks very much. As soon as Wangeman gets back would it be too much for us to ask for a few musical cylinders? Those of the young lady's are not good--her fault, however. We have delayed the Press exhibition for a few days until the McMillen matter is settled. Yours, Gaston & Marsh [Postscript: "Will you kindly have Ott forward pattern of the large swinging funnel used for taking singing and music together. He uses with it some form of universal joing we believe."]




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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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