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CAPS has had a long presence on the internet. Originally launched on June 6, 1996 the CAPS Web site acquired its own domain address,CAPSnews.org, four years later. 2000 was an exciting year for the Canadian Antique Phonograph Society. CAPS celebrated its 30t... more.
with Bob Nix, The Gramophone Doctor
Join us as the Gramophone Doctor, Bob Nix, prescribes what's best for renewing and preserving your phonograph's cabinetry. Bob will take us through the steps of stripping, repairing, staining and finishing. We'll even learn about which products to use on those ailing cabinets to make them look like new. Bob will also provide a hands-on demonstration.
Bob Nix will buy, sell, and repair all makes of spring driven antique phonographs, vintage gramophones, gramophone needles, gramophone needle tin boxes
Bob Nix Visit Dr. Bob Nix Request an Estimate gramophone doctor About Bob Nix, the Gramophone Doctor Bob Nix, a.k.a. "The Gramophone Doctor" and sometimes referred as "Dr. Bob", operates from Sarnia Ontario. Retiring after 32 years of service to DOW Chemical, Bob has been working full time repairing phonographs for ten years. Bob's interest began as a hobby when he decided to restore his grandfather's Canadian Berliner Gramophone. Bob grew up in a farmhouse built in 1898 where his parents and grandparents saved everything which was old in their attic. This farmhouse was located in a small town called, Stevensville close to Niagara Falls, Ontario. When Bob was a young boy, his Dad would occasionally get the old attic stairs down and have to go up there for something or other and of course, Bob being the curious young fellow that he was, went up right behind him. Tucked away in a dusty corner of the attic, Bob noticed an old Gramophone with a horn on it and took to liking it right away. His Dad caught him admiring it and said, "Son, that Gramophone used to be your Grandfather's and it was passed on to me and some day it will be yours." Bob Nix In 1966, Bob moved to Sarnia and married the following year. He begged his Dad to give him the old Gramophone and he reluctantly agreed. Bob cleaned the many years of dust and dirt from it, gave it a few drops of oil and presto, it played music perfectly. The machine he inherited is a Berliner Type B patented February 24, 1897, made in Montreal, Quebec. It is in perfect condition and it came with a special wood box to keep the reproducer in. His Grandfather would be pleasantly surprised to know that in 1996 he started to buy, sell, repair and refinish all makes of spring-driven phonographs thanks to the interest he took in his old gramophone. His Grandfather's phonograph appears on all of his business cards and also on his van and someday this gramophone will be passed down to his son. Most of Bob's customers never get to see his shop, as he sells and repairs phonographs for people throughout Canada and the US. His reputation as an honest and meticulous repairman often proceeds him making him somewhat of a celebrity wherever he goes. doctor gramophone Founded in 1970, Bob Nix is the current President of The Canadian Antique Phonograph Society (CAPS). With some 325 plus members, CAPS represents all aspects of sound recording and its history, including phonographs and gramophones, all types of sound recordings of historic importance, ephemera and related memorabilia. There is particular emphasis placed on the history of recorded sound in Canada. Bob is also a member of the Michigan Antique Phonograph Society (MAPS). Contact: Bob Nix - Tel: 519.332.5718 - 709 Amesbury Court, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada N7V 2P9
The Gramophone Doctor, Bob Nix will buy, sell, and repair all makes of spring driven antique phonographs, vintage gramophones, phonograph needles, gramophone needle tin boxes
Bob Nix Visit Dr. Bob Nix Request an Estimate If it's broke, Bob Nix will Fix! Bob Nix, The Gramophone Doctor has more than 125 feet of phonograph and gramophone parts! phonograph parts Bob Nix has more than 100 spring driven Gramophone and Phonograph Motors! Bob Nix's work shop has all the parts to fix what's ailing your vintage phonograph or gramophone Bob hires him for the following jobs: Darren Wallace is another great friend of Bob Nix and also a member of the Canadian Antique Phonograph Society. Bob hires him for the following jobs: Bob Nix - Tel: 519.332.5718 - 709 Amesbury Court, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada N7V 2P9
CAPS 2006 APN
(L-R) Bill Pratt, Mark Caruana, Bob Nix, and Michael Bryan pose in front of one of the CAPS displays at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala attended by an audience of 1000+ this past February.
Immediately, CAPS President, Bob Nix, went into overdrive to organize a team and make a plan. Thanks, too, to Bob Nix and Bill Pratt for bringing some well-chosen records and other support material. Not wishing to risk being stranded in the snow, Bob set out a day early and stopped over at Mike's place, ready for the shorter drive to Domenic's and on to the Gala in Toronto. The weather on Sunday morning could not have been much worse, but with great care and patience, Bob and Mike loaded the van and set out for Domenic's, where they waded through the rapidly deepening snow, protecting the most prized machines in their arms like babies until they were safely snuggled in their blankets in the van… the phonographs, not Bob and Mike. Twenty minutes later, as we approached the outskirts of Toronto, the snow began to lighten up and by the time we arrived downtown, there was not the slightest trace of snow on the ground or in the air…leaving Bob and Mike expounding tales of hardship to local disbelievers who had no idea what they had been through to get there. Oh well. CSFH Disc Display So there we were at the Toronto Convention Centre, in a big empty room, all dressed more smartly than we had ever seen one another before. After pinning on some professionallooking CAPS name badges produced by Bob, the team was ready to start. Carmen Lombardo Jr,(left) came from Florida to honour his uncle, and talked to Bob Nix of CAPS Many thanks to CAPS President Bob Nix and members Mike Bryan, Mark Caruana and Bill Pratt, for making the evening a success. by Bob Nix Bob Nix Gives a Demonstration at the Edison Museum