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 Post subject: Featured Phonograph No. 101
PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:59 pm 
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Make: American Graphophone Company
Model: CA
Serial # 519861
Year(s) Made: 1904-2905
Original Cost: ??
Case/Cabinet Size: Base = 16 ½ x 10”
Turntable/Mandrel: 6” Nickel Plated Mandrel (For home or business use)
Reproducer/Sound-Box: #5 aluminum floating reproducer with thumb screw
Motor: Westinghouse AC electric motor utilizing Tesla’s design
Horn Dimensions: Listening tubes
Reproduction Parts: Belt and listening tubes
Current Value: ?
Favorite Characteristics: I like the early electric machines and AC motors were very rare in 1905 as it had yet to become widely accepted. This machine is in amazing excellent condition. One of these machines appeared in the Fabrizio/Paul book “A World of Antique Phonographs” on page96. The serial number of this machine demonstrates the serial number block began before 52000 and this model may have been comingled with spring motor versions.


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph No. 101
PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:24 pm 
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They were making some great machines in 2905!

Seriously - nice machine, thanks for posting! I'm a Victrola-head, but I do enjoy seeing these!


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph No. 101
PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:33 pm 
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Thanks Nat. I appreciate all phonographs but am limited by available space and money :)

I like the oddball machines and the technologically different ones.

Scott


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph No. 101
PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:51 pm 
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Victor V
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Very interesting!

Hazelcorn doesn't even mention the CA in the Companion, but mentions the CX, which had an AC/DC motor…

Bill


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph No. 101
PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:25 am 
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Another cool machine... I'm Edison but would probably allow that in my collection..... Is that the original belt laying inside the case?


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph No. 101
PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:36 am 
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Steve;

Yes it is the original belting. I never throw original parts/pieces away. The belt unfortunately isn't salvageable enough to run the machine well.

Bill, I don't know when this model was first mentioned or discovered. I thought the only one known was in the Fabrizio/Paul book, but then this machine showed up on ebay and I had to have it.


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