The HMV 104 was the second gramophone I acquired. This one, bought locally, needed not only general motor servicing but also work on the case. Some pieces of oak veneer that had splintered off at some stage, a common fault with a coarse grained wood like oak, were replaced. I'm not sure about its date of manufacture but the 104 was produced between Summer 1929 and 1934. The date can be further identified as the earlier part of this period due to the 4" flange on the tonearm as opposed to the later 3" one.
The decision to replace the grille was a marginal one. I was tempted to leave it but the original was so fragile plus it looked so dirty I opted for a replacement. The sadness is that the photographs show the new grille somewhat greyer in appearance than it actually is. I have kept the orginal which will now remain with, although not on, the 104. Maybe some future owner will wish to reinstate it.
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Production Dates: 1929 - 1934
Soundbox: HMV No. 5A
Motor: Type 69
Autobrake: No. 3
Price: £4. 17s. 6d. - 1934