I am trying to get some details on my great grandmothers phonograph. I have a serial number 795-789 and it reads Edison Standard Phonograph. After some research I found that its possibly a Model C or E. Can anyone help me with more details?
Have you checked the Antique Phonograph Society website? They have a most informative article; "The Spotter's Guide to the Edison Standard".
. Does the decal in front say "Edison Standard Phonograph", or simply "Edison"? If the former, then you have a model A, or an early model B.
. Is there a speed control knob above the bedplate? If so, it's a model A; if not, it's a model B or later (unless it happens to be an ICS / ITS model, which would also have a special 'repeating' attachment in front).
. Is there an end gate that closes on the mandrel (the part on which the cylinder goes)? Models A and B had an end gate; models C and later did not.
Photos of the Standard would also help in identification. Hope you find this information useful.