Post by lucius1958 on Apr 28, 2018 23:08:07 GMT -5
I had thought that I was done collecting machines, and would concentrate on records: I had said as much to a doctor of mine earlier this week.
However, the gods must have heard this, and put temptation in my way. As I drove home, I stopped in at an antiques center on the route. In one of the booths downstairs, I spotted a curious tinplate phonograph: obviously a Columbia, but a model I had never seen before. The price was quite low, and I debated whether I should pick it up that day: a coin toss said no, and I left with only a nice Gold Moulded cylinder I found.
However, I was still curious about the machine; so I gave a description of it to the TMF. A reply suggested that it might be a Europa: an inexpensive model imported from Germany in 1914, the manufacture of which was soon discontinued when the war broke out: a fairly rare machine, by most opinions. (There is a much rarer, outside horn version, though). So, a couple of days later, I headed back to the shop and picked it up. Here it is, as found:
At the moment, the machine is mostly disassembled, cleaned, and polished. My next task is to check the mainspring and reproducer, and deal with those.
Update: The mainspring was broken at its outer end; and the bull gear was found to have one broken tooth. I sent the mainspring, barrel and gear off to Ron Sitko for service, in hopes that the gear can be repaired or replaced. I'll be sending the reproducer off to Wyatt Markus for rebuilding on Mon.
Last Edit: May 6, 2018 23:18:43 GMT -5 by lucius1958
GOOD AFTERNOON, I HAVE A COLUMBIA SPECIAL DEMONSTRATION RECORD,(NOT FOR SALE) BUT GIVEN WITH PURCHASE OF THE COLUMBIA RECORD PLAYER, DOUBLE DISC, IN FINE CONDITION,WITH SLEEVE,I HAVE PICTURES BUT CANT SEEM TO FIND HOW TO PUT THEM UP ON THIS FORUM,CAN ANY ONE PLEASE TELL ME IF ITS WORTH ANY THING, IT CAME WITH MY GRANDFATHER'S RECORD PLAYER, THAT'S LONG GONE, GOING THROUGH HIS THINGS WE FOUND this record,, I'M NOT A COLLECTOR BUT DO HAVE HIS EDISON PLAYER IVE BEEN HAVING loads FUN WITH. thank you for any advice, 201907.
The "demonstration records" are not extremely common; but neither are they extremely rare. I do not claim to be an expert on record values: your best bet is to search for this record on Ebay, and see how much it sold for in the end.