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 Post subject: Improved Edison 'Hot Rod' Home
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:23 pm 
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Victor IV
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I had a post up before about a machine I was messing with, creating an electric Edison home, nicknamed the 'Hot Rod Home', well I was having problems with the motor, it seemed to maybe be a columbia universal motor, but there were problems with it meaning it wouldn't keep steady speed, I decided to change to an Edison Ekonowatt motor but this would not fit inside the previous cabinet, I had some spare oak large enough to use for this so made a new case and this is the result, all it needs now are a couple of switches and a 4 and 2 minute reproducer for the large carrier arm, currently it's using the model C from my Edison Standard with a reducer ring, though this will spend part of its life as a recording machine.

I think it looks pretty cool, although it it pretty weighty!

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 Post subject: Re: Improved Edison 'Hot Rod' Home
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:31 pm 
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I always wanted to do something like that... It looks great and you don't have to wind it... How does it play - does it hold the correct speed?
"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: Improved Edison 'Hot Rod' Home
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:38 pm 
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Curt A wrote:
I always wanted to do something like that... It looks great and you don't have to wind it... How does it play - does it hold the correct speed?


Perfect for all that cylinder DJ-ing I'm never going to do :lol:

It plays great and keeps great speed, it'steadier than my Standard for sure


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 Post subject: Re: Improved Edison 'Hot Rod' Home
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:59 pm 
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Hi Alex- Is that the motor that took a circuitous route from Virginia to the UK? If so, I'm impressed you have it working so quickly!

Brad Abell


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 Post subject: Re: Improved Edison 'Hot Rod' Home
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:15 pm 
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And I'm impressed at how far (literally and figuratively) my poor, cut-down modified Home has come to become a sturdy, working machine. Great job!


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 Post subject: Re: Improved Edison 'Hot Rod' Home
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:46 am 
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Thanks guys!

Yeah Brad, it's the same one, I'm not entirely sure Parcel Monkey has it down as delivered yet :lol:

Yeah, the Home is a bit different from when it arrived!

Here is a video of it playing!

(Double-click the video above or click this link to watch the video on YouTube in HD.)



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 Post subject: Re: Improved Edison 'Hot Rod' Home
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:09 am 
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You're fast--- Way faster than Marcel Ponkey! :) Glad the motor finally got there. I've long thought about doing something similar in order to play cylinders without repeated windings, but never got my act together. I can now live vicariously through my old motor! :) It plays great!

Brad Abell


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 Post subject: Re: Improved Edison 'Hot Rod' Home
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:27 pm 
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Very nice! One of these days I might finish my electric phono project. Is that the transformer to the right of the motor?


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 Post subject: Re: Improved Edison 'Hot Rod' Home
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It is, just to bring the UK voltage down to a manageable level for the motor, I've installed a motor on/off switch for the motor next to it now, might install a regular type carriage until I can afford a model O reproducer for it


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