|Both the 12 & 6 phrase Talky
Crissys came wearing this
satiny pink outfit
|To the right is the heart of 12 phrase
Talky Crissy, her voice box. It is a wholly
enclosed unit unlike the open design of
the two 6 phrase dolls. Facing front
is the sound transducer, which is very
much like a speaker - but there is no
electromotive force involved, only mechanical.
A vinyl ribbon etched with Crissy's voice
patterns is played by a metal stylus that makes
contact with the transducer creating the sound
when the string is pulled. A system of springs
and gears control the speed and rewind the
ribbon for the next pull.
|Rear view of the voice box
showing the string outlet
|On the left is the front half of the 12 phrase Talky Crissy
showing the location of the opening for the speaker.
Note also that the body construction is not like that of
the standard straight body as the legs are not free turning
with their flanges inside the body, but
molded extensions hold the legs on.
Attempting the method of "popping off" the legs on
this model would most likely end up badly damaging
the doll. She screws apart easily enough
though to work on the parts inside.
|This view shows the voice box in place inside the torso.
The voice box is not fastened down or mounted
in the torso but when the two halves of the body
are put together it will stay in place.
The "notches seen on the side of the torso are
to provide extra openings for the transmission of the sound.
As you can see the speaker did not lay directly against
the opening in the front of the doll. This may have been a
shortcoming of this design. When the voice box is
removed from the doll the sound is loud and quite clear.
|This is where my speaker is. Ideal had
to raise the position of my grow hair
release button to house the voice
mechanism inside of me. The way I
work it's not much different from an old
Edison cylinder reproducer!
|Around back you can see my pull
string with the cute butterfly! My bod is
also fastened together by screws.