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Speed testers were made to accurately set the motor to run at 78 RPM. You would place the device over the spindle and when the speed was 79 RPM, the plunger would be level with the body.
Columbia Speed Tester
HMV Speed Testers
Attractive record cleaners were made—these did little more than remove dust from the record. Most were wooden with a felt covering. They usually have a transfer promoting a record label or dealer.
Whilst most needles were made from steel, wooden needles, (usually called “fibre” needles) were made which required sharpening with special cutters.
Circular section sharpeners
The green sharpener was made from plastic and the blue was made from metal (wartime).
Scissor type made in the USA for triangular needles
HMV and Columbia triangular section needle sharpeners
Maxitone, Gilbert and Celebrity record cleaners
Record cleaners with needle container
Columbia record cleaners
Record cleaner with a magnet for picking up steel needles.


These two record cleaners are advertising record shops!
An HMV Ashtray supplied to record dealers
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