Back before vinyl records, music was recorded on wax cylinders. The “gold” referred to by Edison was the gold plating on the master cylinder used to make the mould. Cylinder records were played back on a phonograph; not to be confused with the vinyl disc players which were gramophones. Cylinders were the first mass produced recordings starting in the 1880′s, but by 1910 the gramophone was the clear winner and the last cylinders went out of production in 1929. After the jump, one of the earliest videos on YouTube – and still one of the best: an old fart on TechTV (back before they got “hip” and added the G4) talking about how rare they are just before his shaky arthritic grip smashes it to bits.