In cooperation with Nick Bergh, founder of the American company Endpoint Audio Labs, the device was successfully transported to the Czech Republic at the end of July and installed in the sound studio of the National Museum. Endpoint, with its imported “miracle of technology” engineered in California, has been involved in the conservation of audiovisual cultural heritage for a long time in the United States and has gained a worldwide reputation in the field since its inception in 2003.
Filip Šír, manager of the New Phonograph project, commented on the exceptional achievement:
“The device is unique in two ways. First, it can play phonograph cylinders of any size using contactless technology. In other words, playback is performed using optical technology, without any contact between the stylus and the carrier, as was the case in the past. It is also the only machine of its kind in Europe, with three others in use in public institutions in the US and one privately owned by an American collector. So, we’ve named it “Number Five”. Interestingly, in America, these devices have not yet been capable of contactless playback, so the National Museum’s machine is the first to have this ability.”