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Unlike many "collectables" the gramophone was created as a domestic appliance for everyday use. This, combined with the liklihood that when superceded by later machines it was probably consigned to the loft or the shed where it received exposure to damp, temperature changes, further knocks and such like all go together to ensure that by the time it reached the collector it has had a pretty hard life. Occasionally it's possible to come across a well cared for example but by and large most will be displaying the ravages of time and varying degress of restoration will be required. It's pretty obvious that the greatest effect of these ravages will have taken their toll on the case so this first section goes through various aspects of case restoration and components. It isn't intended to be a detailed account, there are several books indicated in the reference section for that for anyone who wishes to delve deeper. Rather the intention is to relate techniques I have adopted in restoring my gramophones that may be of some guidance to those new to the hobbly or who acquired a gramophone.