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 Post subject: Strange Machine
PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:10 am 
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Victor O
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so i bought this machine the other day.

It came with Garrard double sprung motor, wood/metal horn in beautiful gold lacquer. It looks all original, except of course the soundbox.
A Swiss Palliard soundbox was mounted, obviously not the "right" one.
Also there is a monogram on it.

It sounds rather good and I am eager to get some informational input from the collective gramophone brain.

have a great day!


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 Post subject: Re: Strange Machine
PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:30 am 
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That's a great machine... however, I have no idea who the maker was. I really like the horn...
"The phonograph† is not of any commercial value."
Thomas Alva Edison - Comment to his assistant, Samuel Insull.

"No one needs a Victrola XX, a Perfected Graphophone Type G, or whatever you call those noisy things."
My Wife


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 Post subject: Re: Strange Machine
PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:34 pm 
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You sure are on a roll. You have some pretty nice machines so far.
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 Post subject: Re: Strange Machine
PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:32 pm 
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Victor III
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HMV sold machines with the saxophone-shaped horn similar - but not identical - to this machine. Apart from the unique horn, clearly bespoke to the machine, the other parts look like generic ones utilized in several off-brands sold in Germany, Switzerland and England. My guess is English-origin, from the appearance of the cabinet. I looks good, though, and I hope it has a good sound as well!


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 Post subject: Re: Strange Machine
PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:02 am 
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also, there is a strange post, right next to the turntable. Its rotating freely. Any idea what's it for?


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 Post subject: Re: Strange Machine
PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:24 am 
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Great looking machine.. It looks really good with the grill off. Tom B


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 Post subject: Re: Strange Machine
PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:44 am 
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As for the identification, I think the monogram on the grille might be of some help.

From what I see, it appears to be "HF", or possibly "FH".

Bill


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 Post subject: Re: Strange Machine
PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:29 am 
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I think it says JH. Could be custom made.

Would be cool, but whenever I get a new machine I am thirsting for information... which is sparse on machines like this :(


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 Post subject: Re: Strange Machine
PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:49 am 
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Have you tipped it up a little to see if there is some information on the bottom. There may be a tag or two hopefully. Also could the initials be HS.. Tom B


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 Post subject: Re: Strange Machine
PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:26 am 
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Teak wrote:
I think it says JH. Could be custom made.

Would be cool, but whenever I get a new machine I am thirsting for information... which is sparse on machines like this :(

There's a cross-stroke clearly visible, which most probably makes it an F.

Bill


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