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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.
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.
will also provide a hands-on demonstration.
CAPS 2004 APN
CAPS New President Bob Nix from Sarnia Ontario, has already become somewhat of a celebrity as the Gramophone Doctor, having been prominently featured in several newspaper articles.
Bob's interest began as a hobby when he decided to restore his grandfather's Canadian Berliner Gram-O-Phone some years ago.
After retiring from DOW Chemical where he worked for 30 years, Bob began working full time repairing and selling phonographs for the past 8 years from his home based business.
Surprisingly, most of his customers never get to see his shop, as he sells and repairs phonographs for people throughout Canada and the US.
Those who come to our meetings regularly have been able to witness his growing passion as he shared his expertise with members on several occasions giving well-received demonstrations of cabinet and reproducer repairs.
CAPS couldn't have a better supporter who tirelessly promotes our group to the people he comes in contact with and on his trips to phonograph shows in the Unites States.
His reputation as an honest and meticulous repairman makes him a fine representative for our group.
As for his Grandfather's Gram-O-Phone (shown in the photo), it enjoys a prominent place in his living room and he plans to pass it on to his son one day.
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.
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
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
Gives a Demonstration at the Edison Museum
Bob Nix will buy, sell, and repair all makes of spring driven antique phonographs, vintage gramophones, gramophone needles, gramophone needle tin boxes
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About Bob Nix, the Gramophone Doctor
, 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
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.
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.
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."
In 1966, Bob
moved to Sarnia and married the following year.
Dad to give him the old Gramophone and he
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.
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
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
Most of Bob's customers never get to see his
shop, as he
sells and repairs phonographs for people throughout Canada and the US.
reputation as an honest and meticulous repairman often proceeds him making him somewhat of a celebrity wherever he
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).
Bob Nix - Tel: 519.332.5718 - 709 Amesbury Court, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada N7V 2P9