Hello all- After many years of watching my late brother Michael Woolf in New Zealand collect many machines, I just stumbled across an Edison Home machine at an estate sale. It wasn't my intent to buy a cylinder machine when I woke up this morning, but....oh well. The price was right.
So I am hoping to get some help from this forum to get it into better shape than it is now.
The serial number on the patent plate reads H70230. It has a Model C reproducer. I must have hit all the right bumps on the way home- when I tried it at the sale, it wasn't running. BUT- by the time I got home, it winds, and the mandrel spins, so I'm ahead.
Does the serial number reveal any info?
My next move will be to just mess around with it for a bit, and read up as much as I can about restoration. I will not be aiming for a 100-pointer, but it will be nice if I can improve it somewhat.
Any help will be gratefully received. Thank you all.
George F. Paul, on the Talking Machine Forum, has a partial list of factory dates for some Edison machines.
Some preliminary questions:
Does your Home have an endgate on the right side of the mandrel, or not? If it does, it may be a Model B (the serial number seems too high for a Model A). If not, it is a Model C/D, or later (Unfortunately, George does not have info on the later machines).
As for restoration, do you have a copy of Eric Reiss's "Compleat Talking Machine"? This is an invaluable resource for any collector.
I would encourage you to check out the Talking Machine Forum, as noted above. The site is far more active, and has a large membership of experienced collectors, who can answer practically any question you care to ask.