Post by Edison Restorer 64 on Jul 30, 2012 19:13:52 GMT -5
I am happy to report I know own a Columbia Q and well it not for sale at any price. This gem of mine does not have a horn or a reproducer but it is almost fully complete . By this i mean I have to make one side molding then glue the top case it was sitting in an attic for a very long time. Eventually I will get the items i need .
Nice Machine, But it's the Foreign Language version.. I don't think that it runs at the normal 160rpm's as a normal Black Wax phonograph. It probably only runs at 90rpm's. That may be why you got such a good deal on it. I would check the gearing on it against a regular normal Q machine or Normal Columbia QQ in this case just to verify everything is running at 160rpm's. I would hit Ebay and pick up an invaluable tool.,,A digital RPM guage. They sell for like 10 or 15 bucks.. It will tell you the exact RPM;s of the machine and help you tune other machines. I highly recommend one! If it does only run at 90rpm's. You could always swap the gearing from a regular Columbia QQ machine froma junker from Ebay to make a normal 160rpm machine. I would not throw away the 90rpm parts though so you could always switch back. Tony K.
Your machine is the same as the 2nd Mod. Columbia Q with the exception of the decal. These were marketed as a client machine for the language courses offered by Dr. Richard S Rosenthal so you will be able to play standard cylinders on this machine. Bring it to the next meeting and I'll check your speed with a digital tachometer.