Has anyone had any experience with the reproduction Model C and Model H reproducers? They seem pretty expensive for a reproduction ($150) and I was wondering if they were worth the expense. Are the reproduction styli usually of good quality? I prefer original over reproduction.
I've noticed rebuilt original C/H's go for about $130 to $150 on the bay (croakinfrog).
I'm sure I could find one and rebuild it myself, but I'm lazy
Post by gramophoneshane on Feb 27, 2007 22:38:55 GMT -5
I bought a Model H years ago from England, and couldn't wait to get rid of it once I found an original. It sounded OK, but it just looked cheap and nasty. The plating wasn't smooth and shiny like an original. It had the same look to it as silver spray paint. Of course they may have improved by now, but if you can get an original, I'm sure you'll be much happier with it. The stylus didnt last too long either, but I got mine back in the 80s, and I've heard they used a lot of glass styli back then.
As Shane says, the repros are usually crap(most are from India) but there were some made in the UK awhile back that were real good, visually the only difference was there was no serial no. around the horn tube. Croakin Frog is high in my opinion but whatever. You probably won't find any bargains on Ebay as far as originals, you are better off going to a Phono show. You will do infinitely better there. If you don't do shows, I will let you know when I'm going to the next one(in Apr. I think) and if you still want one, I'll pick one up for you.
Post by gramophoneshane on Feb 28, 2007 18:15:05 GMT -5
Don, As I said, I got mine about 20 years ago, so no doubt they have improved by now. I got mine from England, but it may well have been a nasty Indian copy like Bill was talking about. Still, you wont get a better looking reproducer than an original. And for the price they want for a repro- waiting a couple months seems like a good idea to me.
The Paul Baker reproducers have serial numbers that start with a P and end with a B. P 426 B is an example of his. Paul used a larger diameter link than Edison so his are louder. Paul's stylus bars were just like the originals, a lot of the ones you see today are not well made and would be hard to replace the stylus. Generally reproduction parts are not as good as the originals. Normally Paul Baker reproducers will sell for more than originals. He also made reproduction boxes. Too bad he is not making them now.