Solid teak colonial "Portable" E.M.G. One of two known examples to have survived.
The portable was first mentioned in, The Gramophone magazine in April 1925. It was part of the first prize in a competition to promote the magazine. This huge portable would have needed a porter to carry it. The only thing portable about it, is the fact that it had a handle.
The soundbox pictured is made by Harry Virtz and possibly tuned by W.S.Wild. The timing is correct and Wild did indeed "tune" soundboxes for E.M.G before they designed and made their own; Its prominence is questionable as the Portable was originally found with a Meltrope I soundbox, although the only picture of the other known Portable , clearly shows a Virtz soundbox.
The "New Lighter Goose Neck tonearm with Quicke Tube and adjustable air chamber", although marked E.M.G, was designed by Henry Seymour taking into account Percy Wilson's needle track alignment.
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|E.M.G Portable||Seymour/Wilson pivot bearing gooseneck tonearm with Quincke Tube||Collaro Single-spring||Exhibition converted by Harry Virtz||Metal cast with wooden horn||Solid Teak||1925-27|