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 Post subject: Featured Phonograph № 38
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:24 pm 
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Victor II
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Make: Symphonion
Model: "Nickel King"
Serial # ? don't think it had one
Year(s) Made: 1905 / 1906
Original Cost: ?
Case/Cabinet Size: various (2 or 3 different sizes)
Turntable/Mandrel: -
Reproducer/Sound-Box: Symphonion
Motor: Single spring
Horn Dimensions: -
Reproduction Parts: -
Current Value: ?
Interesting Facts:

Favorite Characteristics: interesting design, underpowered motor. Attempt by a Music Box company to jump to recorded music. Symphonion actually did make a fantastic range of disc machines with the distinctive 'top of case' horn support.

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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 38
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:32 pm 
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Interesting machine, you have there! Sidewinder:

Paul


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 38
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:37 pm 
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Victor IV
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More pictures! Very interesting looking machine.


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 38
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:05 pm 
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Wow! Something I've never seen before. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 38
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:46 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 38
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:04 am 
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I agree. Lot's more pictures if you are able to. Thanks for posting such an interesting machine.


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 38
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 3:03 pm 
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Very interesting machine, Sidewinder! Being equally interested in early disc music boxes as well as early phonographs this example would have been an attractive item to me as well. And I would agree with 1926CredenzaOwner that it appears that the Stewart phonograph looks like a cousin to this example minus the horn. As with other comments I would like to jump on the bandwagon and ask for more pics of this unusual machine. It's neat to realize that the Regina Company and Mermod Frères Company had a little competition in the crossover years (when phonographs were taking over the mechanical music market) during the twilight of the disc music box. Thanks for sharing this!


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 38
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 3:27 pm 
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Here an ad from a german magazine in late 1905 / early 1906 (probably early 06)

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Will take some more photo's

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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 38
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:08 pm 
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Found a pic of the motor from when I was restoring the machine. Someone had painted part of the base red!

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The wooden block is what the horn support screws onto through the metal casing.


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 38
PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:56 pm 
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This is how the arm looks

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