From the NYT: An Ear to the Horn of Time

Peter Dilg motored his 13-foot skiff up to a one-room house sitting on stilts in the middle of Hempstead Bay, on Long Island’s South Shore, then carried an old record player onto its deck.

A salt-marsh shack reachable only by boat, the place was kept by Mr. Dilg’s parents as a getaway. He spent childhood summers out there, listening to the family’s windup gramophone, as vital an item as the barbecue or the fresh water supply.

That the shack has no electricity was never a problem for Mr. Dilg, who listens to music almost exclusively on pre-electric phonographs and gramophones like the one he cranked up on the deck on Monday: a Victor “Talking Machine” model. CLICK FOR THE REST.

Peter Dilg has a vast collection of gramophones, which he often plays on his deck in Long Island. Credit Julie Glassberg for The New York Times

Peter Dilg has a vast collection of gramophones, which he often plays on his deck in Long Island. Credit Julie Glassberg for The New York Times

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