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 Post subject: Featured Phonograph No. 119 Expert Minor Gramophone
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 11:26 am 
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Victor IV
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Make: Expert
Model: Minor
Serial #: N/A- case not marked
Year(s) Made: 1930-1932
Number Produced: unknown
Original Cost (1930): £20
Case/Cabinet Size: Cabinet 11 ¾" H x 17 ½" D x 23 ¼" W
Turntable/Mandrel: 12 inch turntable
Reproducer/Sound-Box: Expert two-spring
Motor: two spring Paillard GGR 255
Horn Dimensions: 18" in diameter at the bell
Reproduction Parts: none
Current Value: $2,500-3,000
Interesting Facts: This particular example was located in Charlotte, North Carolina about two years ago and has been completely restored. While the cabinet is not marked as an Expert, it bears the same unique feet that can be found on page 54 of Frank James's The EMG Story. Everything points this to being an Expert Minor. This particular example sounds quite nice, and was an amazing find, to say the least.

Video link: https://youtu.be/F_J8BpqmRqk(absence of bass due to microphone)

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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph No. 119
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 1:08 pm 
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That came out nice! Patience has its rewards.


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph No. 119
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 1:13 pm 
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BRAVO!!!

Beautiful sounding too! I bet in an enclosed room it's amazing.


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph No. 119
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 5:40 pm 
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A very nice find Garret, well done. The case looks in remarkably fine condition.
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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph No. 119
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:02 pm 
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Well done Garret---a very fine effort and the case in particular looks fabulous. It is definitely an Expert Minor with the tonearm appearing from the back of the deckboard. I hope you will have many happy listening hours in the years ahead.


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph No. 119
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 7:26 pm 
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Garret,
Congratulations on such a superb restoration job. It looks beautiful, and orchestral records really test Expert and EMG gramophones. It does a great job for the smallest of the Expert siblings.

Am I right in thinking that you were searching for a source for springs for the Paillard motor a good while back? Could I ask where you eventually found a maker? I'm now interested myself.
Best Wishes.


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph No. 119
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 8:59 pm 
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Frankia wrote:
Garret,
Congratulations on such a superb restoration job. It looks beautiful, and orchestral records really test Expert and EMG gramophones. It does a great job for the smallest of the Expert siblings.

Am I right in thinking that you were searching for a source for springs for the Paillard motor a good while back? Could I ask where you eventually found a maker? I'm now interested myself.
Best Wishes.


Frankia,

After about a year of searching, I found the Musée Baud, which was able to make the replacement springs for me. Send me an email, garret.girmus@gmail.com, and I can send you the details.

Garret


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph No. 119 Expert Minor Gramophone
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:28 pm 
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Thankyou for posting this extremely unusual find and excellent restoration! What a great-sounding machine! I had expected more "minor" but it seems the difference between the minor and the junior is not so big! Or for that matter the "big Papa"...

Congratulations!!


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 Post subject: Re: Featured Phonograph No. 119 Expert Minor Gramophone
PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:32 am 
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This wonderful machine is now available for sale on eBay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/151892145602

Thank you kindly for your consideration!

Garret


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