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 Post subject: Re: Aretino - Pat Aug 13, 1901
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:43 pm 
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An "original" Aretino spindle attachment IS hard to find, but it is easy to make an adapter that fits over a standard spindle and allows the Aretino records to be played... It could be made from aluminum, plexiglass or other materials and cut out with a hole saw...
"The phonograph† is not of any commercial value."
Thomas Alva Edison - Comment to his assistant, Samuel Insull.

"No one needs a Victrola XX, a Perfected Graphophone Type G, or whatever you call those noisy things."
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 Post subject: Re: Aretino - Pat Aug 13, 1901
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:01 pm 
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It's odd that it's modified to take a normal 78 record


If it's modified to play regular 78s it is much more versatile. I had a Standard Type A at a recent phono sale and could have sold it several times if it had the ability to play regular 78s. Jerry


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 Post subject: Re: Aretino - Pat Aug 13, 1901
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:21 pm 
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I went out and took another look. The pics I took had the thick felt like disk on the turntable. That disk looks like maybe it was to build up the table and allow use of the standard small hole 78s. With that removed, the table is metal with a felt cover and is set for the larger hole Aretino style records. I don't think the table is modified, just missing part of the original spindle (just a guess).

With every post and response, the more my curiosity grows, and the more I am convincing myself I need to buy this from the estate. There is no family "history" tied to it, but I think it would be fun to have, and it would be a hobby that doesn't require me having someone feed it when I go on vacation :)

And, Again, Thanks to all of you for your help and inputs.

Ed


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 Post subject: Re: Aretino - Pat Aug 13, 1901
PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:01 am 
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"...I think it would be fun to have, and it would be a hobby that doesn't require me having someone feed it when I go on vacation"

It is a great hobby and you would have a great machine to begin with. I say "begin", because the hobby has the dark side of starting an addiction - they seem to multiply and records seem to show up without any advance warning.

Also, in addition to not having to feed it, it has the added advantage of providing endless hours of entertainment during a power outage... :lol: or not. Plus, you have the opportunity of defending your sanity to all of your friends and family who wonder why you would have one in your house. Honestly, there are a lot of us who have been enjoying these obsolete machines for many years... I have, for over fifty years, when I got my first one at age 16.
"The phonograph† is not of any commercial value."
Thomas Alva Edison - Comment to his assistant, Samuel Insull.

"No one needs a Victrola XX, a Perfected Graphophone Type G, or whatever you call those noisy things."
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 Post subject: Re: Aretino - Pat Aug 13, 1901
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My vote is that you really must save this and keep it - you'll never regret it.

I'm fortunate enough to have my grandparents' machine and records. Only a few of us are in that position, and it's a very, very special privilege and pleasure in this hobby.


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 Post subject: Re: Aretino - Pat Aug 13, 1901
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Thanks for all of the encouragement and support. The family is having the sale later this month, I told them to price it however they wish, but I will pay $400 - we'll see what happens.

Curt, I am used to defending (or trying to defend) my sanity. I have snakes and a pet opossum. My friends may think this is the sanest thing I've done in a while.

If I end up with the machine, I'm sure I'll be on here frequently. If I don't get it, I may still be on here looking for something as I am quite intrigued now that I have done some research and heard from all you nice people.

Ed


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 Post subject: Re: Aretino - Pat Aug 13, 1901
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I think $400 is a very fair offer. Jerry


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 Post subject: Re: Aretino - Pat Aug 13, 1901
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OK, I now own this machine - $400 for machine, WITH the 40 records, so I'm happy. As a "Newbie", any suggestions to books or resources to learn from? Aside from here, any good websites you guys recommend?

Ed


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 Post subject: Re: Aretino - Pat Aug 13, 1901
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Ed,

An "official" welcome to the hobby is in order. Some suggestions:

Join APS (the Antique Phonograph Society) and join a regional club if one is available.
Books authored by our own Forum member, George Paul, are terrific. He'll autograph copies FREE!
Check the Links section of our Forum for a list of recommended books.

I bet others have good suggestions.

Jerry Blais


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