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 Post subject: Columbia 204B....raised my curiosity
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:18 pm 
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I came across this red Columbia today that is up for sale. I have not yet aqcuired a Columbia, but somehow this red color ("of course") attracted my attention.
I have read a bit in the "HMV book" and understand this is a model that run parallell to HMV 97, and that is also has a HMV no 5A soundbox,recognizable by the Maltese cross mask on the soundbox. Something tells me "epigramophone" may have a special relationship with this model:)? I discovered that when searching for "204" in the search field. Would you (everyone reading this) say this is a collectable gramophone, worthy of..let us say 40-50 Euro? Winding handle is missing, but I don't see that as a major drawback...
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 Post subject: Re: Columbia 204B....raised my curiosity
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:59 pm 
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It's a very common model, but a bit more desirable in red. It has to be said it's a bit rough round the edges, but the record tray alone makes the price you've quoted a bargain! It is great sounding little machines, due to the superb soundbox, which by the way is a Columbia 15A, the same model as the HMV 21, not the 5A. Finding a winding handle may take a little while though.


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 Post subject: Re: Columbia 204B....raised my curiosity
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:47 pm 
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Thank you Phono48, for corrections and viewpoints. It is much appreciated. I also should have read my HMV book closer to pay attention to the correct name of the soundbox;)Yes, I felt the record tray would be a big plus:)


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 Post subject: Re: Columbia 204B....raised my curiosity
PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:36 am 
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nostalgia wrote:
Winding handle is missing, but I don't see that as a major drawback...


I could be wrong, but it looks like the winding handle is right there, in its' clip, just below the lid stay?


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 Post subject: Re: Columbia 204B....raised my curiosity
PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:13 am 
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The winding handle is stowed right where it should be, and yes, I do have a special relationship with this model. Any machine, however humble, becomes special when it has been in the same family ownership from new. Here is the little heirloom :


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 Post subject: Re: Columbia 204B....raised my curiosity
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:26 am 
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I did not buy this gramophone that was sold through an auction site, the postage was 50 euro, and adding taxes etc, it would have been totalling around 150 euro, too much for my budget at the time being, and maybe also a bit more than I would have been willing to pay, not taking the budget into consideration.
In the advert it was said the winding key was missing, but maybe the ad publisher ( like myself too) could not see the key on the photos when putting the ad online.
Thanks for sharing the photo "epigramophone", the Columbia is almost overshadowed by that beautiful car, or one can choose to see it differently, that it adds marvel to the gramophone:)


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