An example of an Expert Senior made at 55 Rathbone St, Oxford St. W1. The pinnacle of gramophone design.
It has the new Expert Gooseneck, adjustable Quincke tube tonearm with an extra bend at the pivot point which not only extended the acoustic length but also minimised tracking error. The 28” Expert single bend Papier Appliqué horn had a minimal but very effective metal support strap in it's throat. It initially sported a Collaro D30, Garrard 10b or Paillard GGR 255 spring motor. Quite a few examples have turned up, upgraded with the electric Collaro Induction motor of 1932. Early examples had the EXPERT 2-spring soundbox, soon followed by the EXPERT 4-spring.
The best acoustic gramophone is a subjective matter and there is much debate about it amongst audiophiles and music lovers. Before the E.M.G Xb joined the ranks in 1933, the Expert Senior commanded the high ground with the HMV/VICTOR Re-entrant models. Quite an achievement for Michael Ginn & David Phillips who had only just started up again as EXPERT after losing control of E.M.G.
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|EXPERT Senior. Table Model||EXPERT Goosneck with Quincke Tube||Collaro D30, Garrard 10b, Paillard GGR 255 or Collaro Induction Motor||EXPERT 2-spring or 4-spring||28" EXPERT Single Bend||Veneered Plywood, Cellulose finish||Oak- £32.10.00||1930-33|