As promised, here's some pix of the Opera I recently won on Ebay. I must admit I was surprised of the overall condition compared to the pix provided on Ebay as they really didn't do the machine any justice. The only two flaws are the decal on the front is the older repro that has a "domed" dot over the i in Edison(it should be flat) and there is a seam seperation in the horn bell that I will give to Don Gefell to repair. The bedplate looks as if it was done yesterday but is all original. The wood was redone many yrs ago but was done perfectly. The oxidization on all metal parts is stunning, especially the reproducer, which is flawless.
Post by gramophoneshane on Feb 17, 2007 19:41:34 GMT -5
I am sooo jealous! I've been wanting one of these since the first time I saw and heard one 25yrs ago. AND in a mahogany version as well. I've always prefered the mahogany opera. Its the SUPREME MACHINE! Oh well- maybe one day... Congrats and enjoy Bill. They dont come much better than this!
I had the oak version a number of yrs ago when it was renamed the Concert, but was dissatisfied with the plain looking case and sold it.(for a tidy profit, I might add) But I always yearned for the early mahogany cased one as it had "all the bells & whistles." The ones I have seen in the past couple of years were either monkeyed with(ie:repro parts) or were out of sight price wise. I really was surprised I got this for the price I bid. Tomorrow, I'm "tuning out" with it and the phone will be off the hook!!!
Post by lukewarmwater on Apr 18, 2007 19:02:12 GMT -5
This is my first post on this board! How do, all! Glad to be here! That's a beautiful Opera you have Bill! May I post a couple of photos of mine? I am the third owner. The record cabinet is huge and is original to the machine. VTY, Luke Warmwater
A big BTW here. I forgot to mention I got a chance to hear and see Bill's Opera in person. Absolutely fantastic!!!! A really beautiful instrument that makes beautiful music!!! The photos don't do it justice. The bed-plate and reproducer as well as all attendant metal work looks as if, as Bill said, it was done yesterday. Nearly silent running and flawless operation. And the moth free sound! ;D..................................................................................................
Truly a wonderful specimen, I should have mentioned it Sunday last!
Last Edit: Jun 26, 2007 1:34:29 GMT -5 by neophone
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