It isn't a Japanese invention (it was invented by Thomas Edison in the late nineteenth century) but in a nation so obsessed with gadgets (and building models), it isn't surprising that you can get your hands on something like the Otona no Kagaku Edison Wax Cylinder Phonograph Kit. Created by Gakken for its Otona no Kagaku (Science for Grownups) magazine series, this is your chance to make your own functioning replica of the world's first recording device!
The Otona no Kagaku Edison Wax Cylinder Phonograph Kit comes with an illustrated guide, making assembly easy. The only things you'll need is a Philips screwdriver and a pair of AA alkaline batteries. The set comes with candles to help you create your first experiments. Set it up, record, hear your recording replayed, and witness history come alive in front of your very eyes. Music as we know it exists because of this device - and now you can build one yourself!
The Otona no Kagaku Edison Wax Cylinder Phonograph Kit features:
- Reissue of a classic Gakken Otona no Kagaku self-assembly kit
- Book/magazine size: A4
- Pages: 92
- Functioning phonograph model
- Records on any soft cylindrical surface between 5 and 20 cm (1.9 x 7.8")
- Comes with 5 candles for recording
- Power: AA alkaline batteries x 2 (not included)
- Requires Philips screwdriver
- Assembly guide: in Japanese but fully illustrated