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 Post subject: Odd items found inside phonographs
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:30 am 
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I recently found a Victrola XI from a local Craigslist posting. The price was too good to pass up so I grabbed it. After I got it home I discovered there was an old photo in a round frame slid down inside the slats of the horn opening. I fished it out and it was a very old photo of a man. I called the lady back and asked her if she knew about it, her response was that it was a photo of her husband's grandfather. I told her I would bring it back to her so that her husband would have it back. She said "No, don't worry about it". I thought it was odd....but, at least I tried to do the right thing. Another time I was bewildered by the low volume of a Credenza machine and upon removing the grill I discovered a VERY large pair of womans underware stuffed into the horn very tightly, that was a good laugh. I guess "Stuff a sock in it" wasn't quite adequate in this case!

What bizarre items have you found inside of machines you have acquired?

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 Post subject: Re: Odd items found inside phonographs
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:20 am 
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Apart from the odd needle box rattling around and a lot of dead flies I've never found strange things inside gramophone I bought. I did use a sock to muffle the sound when my parents complained they didn't hear the talk show presenter but since I needed that afterwards to go out with my girlfriend I retrieved it.


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 Post subject: Re: Odd items found inside phonographs
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:09 am 
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I once bought a VV-100 at auction as it went cheap, and when I tore down the motor I found a rose gold bangle bracelet behind the slats inside the horn. It had an inscription on the inside that was from either a husband to a wife or perhaps a father to a daughter and was dated 1921.
I always wondered how soon after receipt that had gone missing and if some child had stuck it in there.

Bill
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 Post subject: Re: Odd items found inside phonographs
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:03 am 
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Do dehydrated mice count as a good find ?? Bet it smelled great in it's prime.

Maybe not as good as the ladies underwear though.

LOL

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Found a 1941 Penny in my VV-IX. I immediately checked on the web if it was worth a fortune, and yes, it has nearly quadrupled in value :lol:
Also found some dried cicadas in the tonearm and reproducer of my HMV.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:44 am 
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When I first got my Opera and played it prior to re-building the Reproducer, I noticed the sound was greatly diminished.

What I found when removing the diaphragm

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What the cause of the diminished sound was!

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Six moths had apparently crawled down inside the Reproducer from the horn opening. Needless to say, I wasn't expecting this!

Bill
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:13 am 
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I've found most things in Diamond Disc machines because of the myriad openings into the cabinet, I suppose: a HUGE rat's nest made from thousands of steel needles, three color litho 'Sheik' condom tins, several 7" Berliner, Consolidated, Johnson, and Zonophone discs behind the divider slats of a C-19.
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 Post subject: Re: Odd items found inside phonographs
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:40 am 
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Wow, you guys have found some interesting things! I can't say that I have found anything of real interest... usually just the expected stuff like unused bamboo and Tungs-tone needles, dead bugs, spider eggs.

That said, I did find a 1906 Indian head penny. However, my return on value for my penny is much better than Alang's, (though I won't be retiring to Hawaii anytime soon); because it is graded XF, it's worth a whopping $7.60. Cha-ching!! :lol:

I'd sure like to know the backstory behind the bloomers in the box! :rose:


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 Post subject: Re: Odd items found inside phonographs
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:42 am 
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Amberola 1-A wrote:

Six moths had apparently crawled down inside the Reproducer from the horn opening. Needless to say, I wasn't expecting this!

Bill


At least they weren't cockroaches! UGH! :rose:


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 Post subject: Re: Odd items found inside phonographs
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I found an card that was an invitation to a prom inside the horn area of my Amberola 1-A. The purple card is about the size of a business card and was printed in a fancy gold print. Is that a dance card? There were no names on the back.

Another time I found a 1910 dime in the concave area of the cast cygnet bracket on my Fireside.

It's so exciting to find a treasure inside a phonograph. Both of my items will stay with the machine with a little note.

Great thread! Jerry


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