Phonomuseum "Old School"

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The museum building, 2014

The Phonomuseum "Old School" is a radio and gramophone museum in Holzdorf , Schleswig-Holstein . The private museum shows the technical and historical development of the phono industry from 1880 to around 1965. It is located in the restored building of the old village school and can only be visited with a guide during opening hours.


Gramophone from Pathé
Record player ultraphone

The museum was opened in May 2011 in the former classrooms of the old school at Seeholz 40. It shows a private collection with around 750 devices on over 400 square meters. The oldest exhibits for "stored" music are the perforated record music boxes , which were replaced by Thomas Alva Edison's phonograph with the phonograph cylinder as a sound carrier towards the end of the 19th century .

This is followed by gramophones with different record formats, record materials and unusual playback technology, for example a device from Pathé that plays shellac records from its own system from the inside out at 90 revolutions per minute, or a record changer for 20 records from Electrola from 1928. The In its time it cost 3,500 Reichsmarks , which today corresponds to approximately 14,600 euros . For another 110 Reichsmarks, the device could be operated remotely with a "remote switch".

The record player "Ultraphon" from Deutsche Ultraphon AG is a rarity . The device has two tonearms and sound openings and was first presented to the world in 1925 by HJ Küchenmeister in the Berlin Hotel Esplanade . Here the same sound groove is scanned twice in a row at a short distance. This creates an artificial time difference of about 1/100 of a second, which simulates a spatial sound. However, the wear of the plates was high.

In the case of radio receivers , the collection extends from the detector radio via the radio set (for example, various Volksempfänger the Nazis) to the transistor radio , the television receiver and the known brown classics the post-war years. There are also various tape recorders , cassette recorders and early video recorders in the museum .

Most of the devices are functional and are repaired and maintained in our own workshop so that they can then be demonstrated to the museum visitors. There is also information about the artists and orchestras of the time. According to the museum, the focus should not only be on the technical aspect, but also on the social and historical development of the device and music industry between 1880 and 1965.


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Commons : Phonomuseum "Old School"  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 54 ° 33 '38.4 "  N , 9 ° 54' 22.6"  E