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Aurora Record (4)
Aurora Record was a rare piratical label used by Petersburg businessman K.Mazel. Besides Aurora he owned more common but also piratical label Tonophone. In 1911 the company was transformed into legal Zwukopis label.... [more]
Ariophon-Record (5)
Small Warsaw company owned by Z. Klamborowski was active during 1909-1913 and located on 54 Przyokopowej. Probably, the factory was set up already in 1898 in Poznan, and in 1909 moved to Warsaw.... [more]
Gramophone Concert Record (pirate) (1)
Diva (0)
The only available information about this German company is Alexander Tikhonovs article The Unknown Centennial War. Part 3., that was originally published by Audioproducer Magazine, 2002 5.. Following is the quote:

in 1909 the management of joint-stock company Gramophone announced to its customers: Among multiple forgers of our records there is one German company. Working by Russian orders it was selling records with Diva label in many cities of Russian Empire. Our lawyers and attorneys managed to stop by judicial means under the threat of penalty in 15 thousand marks and 6 months of imprisonment all further production of Diva records for Russian export until the end of hearing..
A.Tikhonov. The Unknown Centennial War. Part 3.
Zolophone Record (4)
The only known source of information about pirate label Zolophone Record is a small paragraph in the book of A.I.Zhelezny Our Friend a Record. The notes of a Collector. Following is a quote:

There are cases of sort of mimicry under the original label that was used for copying. For instance, there are discs that nearly indistinguishable from Zonophone. Only close inspection will reveal the substitution of one of the letters... [more]
International Parlophon Record (60)
The author has no information about this label except brief mentioning in A.Zhelezny [1] and A.Tikhonov [2] books where it described as one of piratical labels that in the beginning of 20th century supplied records on Russian market. Similarity with Carl Lindströms Parlophon suggests possible connection between these two, however neither proofs nor disproof of this hypothesis were ever found. It is also curious to note the mimicry of this label under label of Zonophone that was not rare at that time.... [more]
Intona-Record (15)
The history of Intona-Record is shrouded with mystery. According to the official paper of Gramophone Co. about copyright infringements [1], Intona-Record was the predecessor of the famous Syrena-Record company one of the biggest legal Russian labels. This standpoint for many years prevailed among Russian researchers. However, the Western researchers, for instance the author of Syrena RecordPolands first recording company[2] book Tomasz Lerski, reckoned that the predecessor of Syrena-Record was Ideal Company... [more]
Cantophone Record (8)
There is little information about this Company available, however, thanks to the actual records uploaded on our website we can make an interesting observation: Cantophone Record used a very specific and vivid numbering system: a Cyrillic letter or indicating the records side followed by whitespace and a simple number same for the both sides. Since exactly the same numbering system was used by two other piratical labels Aurora Record and Tonophone Record both belonging to the infamous gramophone pirate K. Mazel, one can safely... [more]
Melodiephon-Record (5)
Melodiephon-Record is often called the Russian Fonotipia. Indeed, its label strikingly resembles the label of Italian records Fonotipia. Such mimicry was common technique in piratical business, but in most cases pirates tried to make their records resembling Zonophone - look at Zolophone, one variation of Tonophone, International Parlophon Record and even Luxophone Record - the early label of quite lawful company Metropol-Record, so Melodiephon-Record... [more]
Neographon (19)
The Neographone label began its activity in 1902 in Moscow and was the very first one in the field of manufacturing piratical copied phonograph records in Russia. Since in those early years did not exist the legislative foundation protecting authors rights (copyright laws), their business had thrived, and the company even opened the branch in St. Petersburg.

Mostly, they copied the records of Gramophone Company by making galvanic copies and use them for printing huge numbers of copied records... [more]
Orpheon-Record (77)
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Poliaphone-Record (45)
Small phonograph company Poliakin & Sons operated from 1910 to 1914 [1]. The label began its activity in Berlin by issuing records with Russian repertoire using masters bought from German companies Stella, Beka and etc.

In the end of 1910 the company relocated to Odessa, where it built a small plant for manufacturing of phonographs and pressing of piratical records [2]. Judging by the existing copies of records, the company achieved certain perfection... [more]
Tonophone Record (59)
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Selesten-Record (0)
New records Selesten-Record appeared in the stores that appear to be quite rough copyings. They say, the records are manufactured in Warsaw by some engineer. Couldnt he find a better job!
Grammofonnij Mir (Die Grammophon-Welt), 1910 No. 3, p. 11
"Stella" Concert Record (2)
There is no information about the company that made it, but most likely it has nothing to do with German "Stella" The only known records is in the collection of Alexander Shatilo.
Tornophone (0)
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Universal Record (8)
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Excelsior Concert Record (19)

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