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 Post subject: Re: For Sale: Fairy Phonograph Lamp: SOLD!
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:52 pm 
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Victor VI
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Here are the details for anyone interested:
I was the first inquiry and Dave offered it to me for a price - $750, which I did not decline. We were in the middle of negotiating (as far as I knew), I never said "NO to his offer - we were PMing back and forth and I was trying to find out if the motor worked or not.

I just received a PM thanking me for my interest, but it was sold. I really don't care, since I already have one... just wish he had said there was another interested party and asked if I was ready to go ahead... I just consider it poor negotiation manners, but no hard feelings. ;)

The biggest issue in buying a Fairy Phonograph Lamp (and what caused my hesitation) is determining what works and what doesn't, because if the motor is bad nothing else will fit in the base - it is proprietary and finding someone to rewind or fix the motor is almost impossible - I know from experience. The switches in the arm are also another thing that are often bad, in fact on mine, I had to custom make switches using modern rotary switches and a custom housing to fit in the arm. Unlike other common phonographs, no parts are available for this machine and finding something as simple as a reproducer (which is incorrect on this machine) is no easy task, in fact it's a needle in a haystack type search... So, good luck...
"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: For Sale: Fairy Phonograph Lamp: SOLD!
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:14 pm 
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I hope this does not turn into a a big discussion.
I misunderstood Curt's emails as not really wanting this. He asked me for a price, I gave him one, and then he seemed gun shy about the item. A second person asked a price and to be fair, I told him the same and he took it. A third person made an offer after the item was sold.

I don't have a lot of experience selling things and perhaps that is where the problem arose. Curt sent me an email and I see his point of view now, but all I can do is apologize.

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 Post subject: Re: For Sale: Fairy Phonograph Lamp: SOLD!
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:28 pm 
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Apology accepted... no problem... end of discussion...
"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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