[D8960ABB], Letter from Everett Frazar to Alfred Ord Tate, December 2nd, 1889


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[D8960ABB], Letter from Everett Frazar to Alfred Ord Tate, December 2nd, 1889

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I would suggest you having prepared as soon as can be done 9 of the new phono. spectacle attachments for Yokohama and 3 for Shanghae. I am confident that these would simplify the working of the phonos. Out there to such an extent as would assist us in disposing of the stock now on hand. Please let me know how soon these can be packed in two boxes, one marked Frazar & Co., Yokohama E.P.W. with 9 inside and one Frazar & Co., Shanghae, E.P.W. with 3 inside. As soon as ready for delivery we will notify you as to where to have them sent.### Also please say how soon the four phonos. For the King of Korea, the Mikade, Li Hung Chang and Viceroy Teeng of Nankin, bearing a silver plate and to be presented with Mr. Edison’s compliments, will be ready. These I understand, are to have the new attachment and I would ask you to use your discretion as to whether or not they should have the treadle instead of battery movement , as less liable to get out of order when worked by the natives.### Please let me know whether Mr. Churchill should make use of the blue prints or the original numbers which he took out from the Works himself. In his opinion, the treadle machines are preferable to the battery, for three principal reasons; 1st. They will be used by those not at all acquainted with the battery or the manipulations necessary to make it efficient; 2nd.- trouble and inconvenience is often possible in obtaining chemicals in that part of the world, to say nothing of the expense; 3rd.- there is always a certain amount of dirt in changing the fluids or solution, which would be prejudicial to a great many, especially those not accustomed to their use. My Yokohama firm asks me to send them out of the one treadle machines or such part or parts of it as can be attached to the machines they already possess. They also ask me to send them some musical cylinders containing pieces by a FULL BAND and orchestra of a high class of music, such as is head at a Thomas concert; also two or three classical piano forte pieces- probably 3 dozen, altogether, will suffice.





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