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 Post subject: Is this the longest restoration ever?
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 7:02 am 
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Victor I
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33 years ago I bought a ‘barn find’ phonograph at a local auction simply to swop the back bracket and arm to my BQ, which I had bought several years before. Thanks to you guys across the pond and the internet I managed to find another back bracket, arm and elbow for the BQ. I have now completed the rebuild so thought I would post here for you all to see. All the oak panels and moulding have been hand made. Greg Cline decals. So now to find/build a lid and find some 6” cylinders to play.
Thanks to all of the helpful forum members.
Brian


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 Post subject: Re: Is this the longest restoration ever?
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 8:11 am 
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How nice to see this machine brought back after all those years! Those no-rush projects sometimes become the most satisfactory in the end! Thanks for posting and pics!
Bob
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It looks outstanding! A job well done on a machine worth the long wait. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Is this the longest restoration ever?
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Congratulations for finishing your BO, it looks wonderful, and you're lucky to have one.

Fran
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Very nice! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Is this the longest restoration ever?
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Stunning job! It is an incredible transformation.

I love the BO. It's one of the most attractive machines of its era. In case you haven't seen it before, here's a contemporary catalog engraving. It's the only one I've encountered over the years. (Click to enlarge.)

EDIT to add: Vulcan (based in the UK) offers a 6" cylinder in their listings. Since originals are exceedingly fragile and scarce, this is the ideal record to demonstrate the machine. LINK HERE. I put one in an original Columbia box to display next to my machine, and have quickly at hand to play for guests.


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 Post subject: Re: Is this the longest restoration ever?
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Wonderful work. Very nice result. Glad you saved it from the barn. :D
Best regards ... AZ*


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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 6:23 pm 
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Beautiful machine and great restoration on it. A true labor of love.
Harvey Kravitz


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 Post subject: Re: Is this the longest restoration ever?
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Great job. Well done! Am I the only one who noticed that the winding crank in the Original Ad is different from the one that is on his machine??


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Tony K.

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 Post subject: Re: Is this the longest restoration ever?
PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 3:42 am 
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Hi Guys
Thanks for all your comments. Very excited to complete the rebuild.
Tony K the winder came with the machine and has been replated and a wooden knob added.
Brian


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