Türkçe Contact About Raif Kara History Of Gramophone Phonographs Phonograph Records Gramophones Gramophone Vinyl Records Listen Vinyl Gramophone Record Biographies Of Artists Gramophone Needles Gramophone Accessories

Raif Kara, one of young businessmen, was born as an individual of one of extended families in Ankara in 1962. He completed his education life including elementary school, secondary school, high school and university in Ankara.

Raif KARA was graduated from Librarianship Department in Faculty of Language, History and Geography in Ankara University. He is married and has three great children, Irmak, Yağmur and Umay.

Thanks to the fact that he has had the speed hobby since his childhood, he won championship awards as well as awards for Second and Third in track races and rallies from 1986 to 1990 and in karting (go-kart) races between 1994 and 1995.

His collection hobby of antique began with collecting antiques from his close relatives and friends and continued with antique shops in following years and he bought his first gramophone in 1984.

He felt a more distinctive pleasure for Gramophone rather than all other antique collection and rather precious gramophones and records that he has collected for last 25 years become him as one of known collectors of Turkey in this matter.

4 devices of “PHONOGRAPH” by which the sound was recorded by Edison in 1877 for the first time are available in his collection. Moreover, In addition to approximately 100 vinyl cylinder records of foreign artists, there are also 24 Ottoman cylinder records of these phonographs in this collection and these records are made of wax and so precious to Turkish music history.

Raif Kara has about 80 original and in-service “GRAMOPHONES” with worldwide known brands like "Viktor", "His Master's Voice", "Columbia", "Pathe", Polyphone" and "Electrola" in Gramophone collection.

In the collection including "Mikiphone" which is the smallest gramophone of the world, and 4 child’s gramophones and about 30 special records for them, there are also the first records of many music artists including in Münir Nurettin Selçuk, Hafız Burhan, Safiye Ayla, Müzeyyen Senar, Hamiyet Yüceses, Zeki Müren and Abdullah Yücen as well as many valuable records including 10th year Speech with the sound of Ataturk, composed and uncomposed versions of the Turkish National Anthem.

Approximately 4.000 gramophone records, most of which belong to esteemed hafizes and artists from Turkish Art Music, about 350.000 gramophone needles, as well as related affiches, brochures, souvenirs and many record sleeves are included in his collection.