Edison Tinfoil Phonograph

Edison's Tinfoil Phonograph

The following video is a demonstration of a homemade Edison tinfoil phonograph made by Andrew R. McNeese, Jason D. Sagers, Richard D. Lenhart, and Preston S. Wilson at the University of Texas at Austin.

 
 

Build your own!

 
Learn about the history of the phonograph and download mechanical drawings to build your own tinfoil phonograph.
 
Phonograph Drawing
 
 

Read our 2012 article in Polytec InFocus magazine

 
A short article about the Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer (SLDV) measurements made on the phonograph was published in Polytec's InFocus magazine.
 
Sounds Good Graphic
 
 

Read our 2012 JASA paper

 
A manuscript was published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America describing mathematical modeling and laboratory measurements of the phonograph.
 
Meas Scan Photo
 
 
 

Read our 2011 ASA lay language paper

 
Available from the ASA newsroom.
 
 
Foil Dot Comparison
 
(a) Facsimile of embossed foil recording from Edison as shown in the Scientific American (Dec. 1877)
 
and (b) photograph of embossed foil recording produced on the replica phonograph (2011).