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The Wilcox-Gay company is now synonymous with its Recordio line of record-cutting outfits.  When this unit was new, the only alternative would have been a wire recorder.  Although wire recordings are superior, the advantage of recording on a disc was its universality.  You could send a recorded message to grandma;  she almost certainly had a record player, but was very unlikely to have any way of listening to wire.  Both formats were destined to be supplanted for amateur home recording by magnetic tape.

With the lid open you can see the large cutting (recording) arm on the right and the playing arm on the left.  Its functionality was pretty much the same as the boom-boxes of forty years hence, as you could either dub directly from the radio...

or use the microphone to record your own brilliant program.

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