As this machine was called the "IDEAL" for only 2 months at it's introduction in 1907 before it was changed to "IDEALIA." I can't even imagine where this will go. The only thing that hurts it is the fact that it doesn't have the oxidized bronze reproducer that was proper for this machine. And to have the "mahogany" painted horn with the correct decal.........
Yeah Paul, I'm a bit bothered by itmyself. The fact that the bidder's IDs are now hidden certainly doesn't help, either. I was thinking of contacting the seller to see if he'd be willing to send me some different pix off line, ie; specific ones that I dictate.
Update: It seems he does answer questions & posts them on the listing page. I'm going to get the popcorn out when this closes!!!!
Last Edit: Feb 2, 2007 9:19:43 GMT -5 by maroongem
Post by gramophoneshane on Feb 5, 2007 9:09:23 GMT -5
And reserve still not met. Boy oh boy that horn looks sad. It spoils the look of the machine. $10,000 or not, I'm afraid if I could afford to buy it, the first thing I'd do is hit the horn with a coat of clear lacquer to get a bit of life back into it. I couldn't live with that daggy thing looking at me.
Yeah, the horn is rather sad. They were originally done in a mahogany wood finish which I can only imagine whait looked like new. I just shot my load on an Opera, so I won't be buying any more machines for a bit. Not to mention, I'm running out of room!!!!
It's in mahogany and it should be here by week's end. I had an oak one several years ago, but let it go as I thought the case too plain. There's just something about the mahogany case with the oxidized handles.............