So I volunteered at my local county museum today, and after talking with the director for some time, and telling him I was an Audio/Video Tech he asked if I would be interested in taking a record player off his hands since he didn't have room in the museum. I have very minimal experience when it comes to record players so I really didn't know what to expect. I kind of figured it would be old, possibly a older Victrola, but.. That man gave me a BC-38! My first record player. I found the original manual and order slip inside!
I have been doing my research to learn how it works, and the do's and don'ts. So far I have found that it needs a new diamond needle, mine feels like an old BB. The front lattice covering is broke and missing the canvas, so I will be rebuilding that along with fixing the veneer on the rear of the console. Everything else works as it should! It winds up and spins just fine, the break works, the volume slider/dampener works, and its in overall great condition. I'd like to share the journey with you as I discover the early technologies of recording.
I do not have any discs, so I'm looking on ebay for both the discs and a replacement reproducer needle. I would love to find a copy of Harry Mac McClintock's Big Rock Candy Mountain if anyone has any leads! Thanks for stopping by
Last Edit: May 8, 2021 23:50:18 GMT -5 by cornhusker
Given your handle, I'm guessing you are a Nebraskan? The Edison Disc Phonograph I am restoring came from a small town in Nebraska (Birchard).
I had my reproducer restored by Wyatt. He was recommended by others on this forum. Here is his link. He did a great job. I'm still working on other parts of the machine so I haven't tried it yet. But he gave full instructions on what to do before trying to use it.
Post by cornhusker on May 20, 2021 17:56:22 GMT -5
Looks like ill be selling this thing soon, I have cleaned it up pretty good but I do not have the money to have the needle replaced. It will have fresh felt and a new grill when its time, so my question is how much should I sell it for if it needs a needle
Post by lucius1958 on May 20, 2021 20:42:56 GMT -5
The BC-34 was a fairly inexpensive model when introduced, and is fairly common today; so, if it's in good condition, but without a stylus, you might not get more than $100 - $150 for it in today's market. #YourMileageMayVary
Last Edit: May 20, 2021 20:44:33 GMT -5 by lucius1958