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Edison Wax Candle Cylinder Phonograph Kit by Gakken

SKU: ADA1843

$117.00 AUD, inc GST
$106.36 AUD, exc GST

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Edison Wax Candle Cylinder Phonograph Kit by Gakken
117 AUD

SKU: ADA1843

$117.00 AUD, inc GST
$106.36 AUD, exc GST


  • $6.95 Standard (2-4 days, tracked)
  • $8.95 Express (Overnight*, tracked)
  • $3 Economy Post* (3-7 days, no tracking)
  • FREE Pickup (Newcastle only)

Shipping costs may increase for heavy products or large orders.

Exact shipping can be calculated on the view cart page.

*Conditions apply, see shipping tab below.

Of all my inventions, I liked the phonograph the best." - Thomas Edison

While Adafruit prefer the incandescent lightbulb, Adafruit are willing to call the phonograph a close second. And with this kit from Gakken, you can now feel like Edison himself by building your own miniature phonograph! This phonograph can record and play about fifty seconds of sound onto a wax candle - mimicking the original wax cylinder used.

This build-it-yourself phonograph works by capturing sound's vibrations by pressing a needle onto wax candle. The playback does the opposite - the grooves cause the needle to vibrate and when the waves are passed onto a diaphragm, a sound comes out from the phonograph's horn.

The kit takes about an hour to assemble and is perfect for both kids and adults. It requires no special tools except scissors, cellophane tape, and two AA batteries that aren't included. Candles, however, are included!

There's no English manual so this kit's a bit more challenging than the other Gakken kits. The pictures, however, are fairly simple to follow and the kit should only take a couple of hours to build. The Japanese Manual (with pictures) is available for download here.

Gakken is a Japanese publishing company founded in 1946.  In the 1970s, they began selling educational toys, books, magazines, and electronic kits.  Their kits are known for their smart design and relative ease of use and have a large cult following both in Japan and the United States.

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Exact shipping can be calculated on the view cart page (no login required).

We deliver Australia-wide with these options:

  • $3 for Small Items (3-7 days, not tracked, only available on selected small items)
  • $6.95 for Standard Post (2-4 days, tracked)
  • $8.95 for Express Post (Overnight for Australia Post Next Day Network, tracked)
  • Pickup - Free! Only available to customers who live in the Newcastle region (only after we email you to notify your order is ready)

International Orders - the following rates are for New Zealand and will vary for other countries:

  • $11.49 for Pack and Track (3+ days, tracked)
  • $16.50 for Express International (2-5 days, tracked)

If you order lots of gear, the postage amount might increment based on the weight of your order.

Our physical address (here's a PDF which includes other key business details):

Unit 18, 132 Garden Grove Parade
NSW, 2289

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