I have a nice old Edison record player that I enjoy very much and recently found a really inexpensive cylinder player (less than $100) in rough condition missing parts that I thought I'd try to refurbish. I've got some spare parts for other Edison machines that I'd like to trade to get the parts I need for the cylinder machine
The player lacks an ID plate, reproducer and a few minor parts. On the base of the player works, the left guide slot for the reproducer guide rod is broken. The bottom of the cylinder player works has an "R" in the mold and a number 14343 stamped/engraved.
I have uploaded pics of the horn and the top of the works as well as a pic of an extra gold tone diamond disk reproducer I have to trade for parts. I also have a Silvertone brand Victrola reproducer as well as some other parts I'm less sure about though I think they are Edison or used to adapt an Edison player.
So, if you knowledgeable folks would like to answer or opine:
1. What is the likely model number I need to know to get the right parts? 2. What is the likely reproducer type and who might have one to trade for some of my parts? 3. Is the metal base for the works available for a reasonable price, or will I need to fix or jury-rig the guide rod slot on the base I have?. 4. I don't really see where an ID plate would have screwed on, is it possible my machine didn't have one?
Any other interesting facts, ideas or whatever are also welcome.
Last Edit: Nov 27, 2019 15:44:41 GMT -5 by leehester
Post by lucius1958 on Nov 27, 2019 23:47:31 GMT -5
This mechanism is from an Amberola of 1915 or later vintage. There were three basic models: the 30, the 50, and the 75. A photo of the case would help determine the model. All three used the Diamond C reproducer, which is fairly easy to find; the early models were nickel-plated brass, which was later changed to black-anodized pot metal. Your best bet is to put an ad in the "Yankee Trader" section of the Talking Machine Forum.
Unless you have the remainder of the broken casting, you should replace the entire bedplate. It also looks like you'll also need the gear cover & speed control: the early models had a knob which went through the cover, while the later versions had the control under the cover. The folks at the TMF will be able to tell you which type you have.
The ID plates varied: early models had them tacked inside the case, to the right of the horn; later, they were attached either to the bedplate, or the inside of the lid. Look for tiny holes in these areas. As before, the TMF is your best resource for info right now.