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 Post subject: Featured Phonograph № 48
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:00 pm 
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Make: Edison
Model: A150
Serial # 1062
Year(s) Made: 1912-1914
Original Cost: $150
Case/Cabinet Size: 46" x 20.5" x 20.5" tall
Turntable/Mandrel: 12" diameter
Reproducer/Sound-Box: Edison Standard
Motor: 1-spring
Horn Dimensions: Grain-painted metal; 15.5" x 10"
Reproduction Parts: None
Current Value: $350?
Interesting Facts: No volume control in the horn. Reproducer has an early volume control built into the neck. Serial number stamped on the metal tag, back of the inside of the cabinet and on the bedplate underneath the turntable.

Favorite Characteristics: Industrial looking motor, wood grained horn, crank, crank escutcheon, speed control, stop lever, reproducer and elbow all oxidized finish.

(Double-click the video above or click this link to go to the video on YouTube.)


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 48
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:46 pm 
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A very nice looking machine. I was hoping the videos would show how the volume control works, since I'm not familiar with the volume control in the neck.

Are machines like this hard to come by in the Czech Republic?


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 48
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:06 pm 
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I like your machine Valecnik even if it's a LONG way from home in New Jersey. Having just received my Edison Diamond Disc book a few days ago I am learning about these machines.

I particularly like the nice quarter sawn oak cabinet on yours and, also, the quality looking cabinet construction. I'm surprised that Edison did the grain painting on the horn or did this machine never have a grill cloth? In that case it looks really nice. Thank you for your post and great photos.

Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 48
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:25 pm 
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Bruce,

You KNOW that you'll get compliments from me on almost any A-series Edison Disc Phonograph! That's a beauty. Got to love oxidized bronze! Thanks for posting it.

George P.


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 48
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:30 pm 
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Gotta love that oak! So much nicer than boring old mahogany. Thanks for posting this Bruce.

Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 48
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:39 pm 
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Here's the earlier post that shows the volume control in the reproducer from a Mahogany A-150.

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3294


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 48
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:22 pm 
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Thanks all for the nice comments!

bbphonoguy wrote:
A very nice looking machine. I was hoping the videos would show how the volume control works, since I'm not familiar with the volume control in the neck.

Are machines like this hard to come by in the Czech Republic?


bphonoguy,

Schweg’s pictures show the volume control a little more close up. Also if you click on the closeup picture of the bedplate here, you can see a pretty close view of that volume control knob. Someone I think posted a pic awhile back showing the how the volume control looks inside the tube of the reproducer. It’s just a thick piece of felt on a rod, like a damper on a stove pipe. It’s so thick that even when fully open it surely must obstruct the sound to some extent.

The machine was actually purchased several years ago in Wisconsin, in my collection in Minnesota since then and only moved to Czech in the past year. I’m happy to have it here!

Steve Stephens wrote:
I'm surprised that Edison did the grain painting on the horn or did this machine never have a grill cloth? In that case it looks really nice. Thank you for your post and great photos.

Steve


Steve, as far as I know all the A series had wood grained horns. This one appears to have had a grill cloth but I don’t think all of the A series had grill cloth.


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 48
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:24 pm 
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Drat, I thought the pics I posted of the link to were the ones showing the closeups of the volume control on the inside of the arm. Sorry, didn't mean to put those others in there! The closeups must be in another post somewhere. I will take a look.

Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 48
PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:08 am 
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Just ran across this on e-bay. Nice clear shot of the volume control. That really must impede the sound more than the later mute ball!
eBay Item #200435440147


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph № 48
PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:54 am 
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The felt piece inside the neck of the reproducer takes up fully a third of the tube even when open. It might be interesting to compare that reproducer's sound and volume with a later (is it later?) reproducer without the tone control.

Steve


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