Just a quick question. Did the Amberola Model 30 come with a grill cloth when it was new? Reading the other threads, I'm guessing it doesn't matter what color or type of cloth it may have been... or if that's erroneous, what was the original color and type fabric/design?
Thanks in advance for any assistance you can give.
All Amberola 30's came with like an off-white kind of goldish light brown colored grille fabric installed originally. I've never seen any original Amberola 30's with any other colors installed. The earlier cousins - Amberola X and Amberola DX's did not have any grille cloths as they had simulated wood color painted horns. The simulated wood painted horns would not be able to be seen if there were any Grille cloths there, and that's why Edison never installed them on the X and DX Models. This is where the confusion comes in with the Amberola 30's and why some people think Amberola 30's came without grille cloths like their earlier cousins did.
In the aftermarket, Lots of people install Dark Green and even Red colored Grille cloths. However nice looking, They never came with those colors originally. The Brownish Gold grille cloths being sold are much closer to original..but they are not exact either...but they are close.
Just an update to some research done this last year. It has been "rumored" that the first few couple hundred Amberola 30's in 1915 that some came with Reddish or Orange Grille cloths. I've never seen one, but that's the rumour. These would be the very earliest Amberola 30's made Only. Research is still being done on the subject!
It has also been found that some of Edison's pre-1915 Amberolas with simulated wood painted horns did indeed come with Grille cloths originally...but very few machines ever got them. Most early pre-1915 Amberolas did not come with grille cloths when new.