[D8847ADG], Letter from Gaston and Marsh to Thomas Alva Edison, November 15th, 1888


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[D8847ADG], Letter from Gaston and Marsh to Thomas Alva Edison, November 15th, 1888

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"Your favor relating to objection to using thick cylinders duly recd. Think we stating in letter to you that by using cylinders consecutively, part of the difficulty might be avoided; but, although it seems a small point, we still believe that it will prove an objection to the business man. If he used up all his cylinders every day there would then be but little objection; but suppose that he uses 6 the first day, 5 the next and so on. He is then liable to forget to turn down the recorder one notch, for this may occur (beginning the series of cylinders over again) right in the middle of his correspondence when he is studying over the wording of a letter, and nin chance out of ten he would forget to adjust the needle so it would track. One or two such occurences would prejudice him greatly against the machine. Our belief is that so far as the business man himself is concerned, the machine must be purely authomatic, or he will not bother with it. Then again with the thick cylinder on a hot day it will go so much further on the cylinder that it will make a difference in the adjustment. With the thin cylinder all this objection is practically lost. Talks with buisness men in Detroit have convinced us of the foregoing. The business man don't want to be any more bothered than he is now, and so far he is concerned believe the Phonograph must be self-adjusting. Are you not with us? Of course all other details of the machine will come under the eye of the type-writer; but the recording must be simple for the "boss." ### Everything in Detroit is in good condition to commence business, and unless all signs fail, Michigan will make a showing very near the head of the column on sales, population taken into consideration. Have engaged a first-class manager and office force. ### We will be in New York next week, where we trust we can command a sufficient amount of capital to complete arrangements for the automatic phonograph." Yours truly, Gaston & Marsh by Marsh




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