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 Post subject: Rare Original Columbia AJ top winding Graphophone, 1901
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 4:41 am 
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Rare Original Columbia AJ top winding Graphophone, 1901, Gramophone, Phonograph On Ebay

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 Post subject: Re: Rare Original Columbia AJ top winding Graphophone, 1901
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 12:16 pm 
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It's a very attractive machine but beware. How can you describe it as "original" and then mention replacement Smith parts and leather elbow? The Smith parts would be the support arm, traveling arm, and the horn cradle and those are significant parts. I suspect the reproducer is later and I'd want to see the small end of the horn to determine if it's a leather elbow horn. Overall it looks terrific and I mention the above to caution an unsuspecting buyer. Jerry B.


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 Post subject: Re: Rare Original Columbia AJ top winding Graphophone, 1901
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 6:39 pm 
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I would be cautious of this machine, also. The arm parts are diffidently Smith reproductions. I am also curious of the turntable and record hold down. Reproductions of those were made, too. The reproducer is a later Analyzing one. It's hard to read the dates on it. Originally, this reproducer is a Columbia copy of a Victor Concert. When the Analyzing reproducer came out in 1902, it had a thumbscrew. Victor sued Columbia for patent infringement. Then the familiar spring loaded needle bar came out. Both the Analyzing with the thumbscrew and later needle bar had the last 1886 patent date. That later ones came out in 1905. It's these little details that can keep a potential buyer from buying a real lemon.
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