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 Post subject: Edison B 80 table top
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 11:57 am 
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Victor II
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So someone found me this. It needs feet but otherwise looks great. Wondering someone said it was mahogany but it seems so light. I am used to extremely dark mahogany or even red mahogany. So do you all like it? Cost $250.00. Thoughts? Opinions? Price okay?


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 Post subject: Re: Edison B 80 table top
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 12:29 pm 
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This has been completely refinished and altered. The tonearm and horn should be painted “wood grain” and the mahogany refinish is too light. They really don’t perform very well, and so if this is going to be your only diamond disc machine, it’s probably not the best bet.

Still, these are interesting machines, and it might be worth maybe $100, so try that as your offer.


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 Post subject: Re: Edison B 80 table top
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 2:58 pm 
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Wow $100! If I could find machines at that price I'd probably have much more then the hundred machines I own now. I think they perform great. I have one in red mahogany and was blown away by the sound. These are wonderful machines. If I could find those kind of prices folks always mention I'd be buying many more machines. LOL as they say on facebook.


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 Post subject: Re: Edison B 80 table top
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 3:06 pm 
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I say be careful what you wish for. Bring a truck here and I’ll give you a bunch of stuff for free.


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 Post subject: Re: Edison B 80 table top
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 3:40 pm 
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Always check and compare the finish on the inside against the outside. They should be very similar with slight differences due to UV light, smoking, and other environmental issues. The outside of this cabinet probably showed wear. A well intended person stripped the exterior and stopped when they saw the attractive grain. The job was half done. If a finish coat was applied next it will require another stripping. Jerry B.


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 Post subject: Re: Edison B 80 table top
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 10:36 pm 
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Location: NW Indiana B-19;VV-IV; VV-VI;VV-XVI; Edison Home B; Amberola 30; Col. BK; Magnola;
PeterF wrote:
I say be careful what you wish for. Bring a truck here and I’ll give you a bunch of stuff for free.


I have learned my lesson well. Honestly, if I were looking for a tabletop Edison Diamond Disc machine, I would go for a B-19. The B-19 has a more common motor with direct drive.


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 Post subject: Re: Edison B 80 table top
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 11:14 pm 
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I have a B-80 and a B-60. The flaw with them is that they can barely get through a record side on one winding. Peter is correct that it is not a machine for serious playing of lots of DDs. I use my Beethoven or C-2 for that. But it has a nice look with the wood grained horn and the flush mounted turntable. And the belt drive is interesting, but not as good as the standard motor for playing DDs. It does make a nice display. Unfortunately the looks on this one are gone.


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 Post subject: Re: Edison B 80 table top
PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 5:10 pm 
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PeterF wrote:
I say be careful what you wish for. Bring a truck here and I’ll give you a bunch of stuff for free.
I don't think I have to worry because I do not drive and few deliver. I don't even have a driver's license not since 1976 or so! Neil


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