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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