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by startgroove
Mon May 03, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: "Pre-1935 Coin Operated Phonographs & Jukeboxes"
Replies: 4
Views: 102

"Pre-1935 Coin Operated Phonographs & Jukeboxes"

Your interest and knowledge in early coin operated phonographs can be expanded by joining this new group. Any machines, parts, restoration techniques, parts sources, historical information or other related data, can be shared by you, and others. Includes all makes from the earliest Edison, Columbia,...
by startgroove
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Machines
Topic: Ebay New Final Value Fees Over 35%?
Replies: 1
Views: 196

Ebay New Final Value Fees Over 35%?

Does anyone here sell machines or parts on Ebay? I just learned that their Final Value Fee (which they take from the sale price of an item) has been upped to 35.7%. I sense that this will eventually make the cost of phonograph items that we purchase from that site increases proportionally. Does anyo...
by startgroove
Tue Apr 20, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Machines
Topic: American or Circassian Walnut?
Replies: 7
Views: 359

Re: American or Circassian Walnut?

Don't go by the lid alone. The sides and doors are the best place to look. Take a well dampened sponge or rag and rub on the surface to wet it. The grain will pop out well enough to tell if it is contrasting grain (Circassian) or if it is swirled grain (American). Circassian tends to be darker grain...
by startgroove
Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Machines
Topic: Model A or Model AT case
Replies: 13
Views: 328

Re: Model A or Model AT case

You can trade a later AT mechanism into an A case but, you cannot latch the lid in that instance (the latch systems are different). On the bedplate of the mechanism that properly fits into the plain case, there are two holes in the bedplate for locating the pins in the lid. Those pins keep the lid f...
by startgroove
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Machines
Topic: Opinions Wanted: What to do about decal?
Replies: 13
Views: 287

Opinions Wanted: What to do about decal?

Lori and I are preparing to restore this Electrola, and found the lid decal to be upside down. We could leave it in place by not stripping and refinishing the inside of the lid, or we could put in a new decal, right side up, by going through that process. What would you do and why?
by startgroove
Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Machines
Topic: From Junk To Jewel, Circassian Victrola XVI
Replies: 41
Views: 2199

Re: From Junk To Jewel, Circassian Victrola XVI

Thank you's go out to all for the kind words. The inspiration to complete it is partly due to your encouragement and support. I'd like to also thank Lori, who had the vision to see the project through, with me. We will be on to the next project shortly, perhaps the VV XVIII or the Troubadour. Cheers...
by startgroove
Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Machines
Topic: From Junk To Jewel, Circassian Victrola XVI
Replies: 41
Views: 2199

Re: From Junk To Jewel, Circassian Victrola XVI

THE FINAL CHAPTER. After all the veneering was completed, and pore filling/staining processes were performed on the entire cabinet, it was time to apply the finish coats. Actually, before that, we applied a new “Victrola Decal” to the inner lid. This fantastically beautiful decal came from epj24 on ...
by startgroove
Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Machines
Topic: Victrola XIV in Walnut
Replies: 12
Views: 431

Re: Victrola XIV in Walnut

I think you are correct in saying it is American Walnut. It is a beautiful cabinet. Nice figuring.
by startgroove
Wed Mar 17, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Machines
Topic: From Junk To Jewel, Circassian Victrola XVI
Replies: 41
Views: 2199

Re: From Junk To Jewel, Circassian Victrola XVI

After the feet repairs were completed, I began removing the old veneer from the sides, which was not very difficult. It was a self-adhesive sheet and responded well to warming with my hot air blower and a two inch putty blade. After using solvent to remove the glue, the holes and depressions were fi...
by startgroove
Wed Mar 10, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Machines
Topic: From Junk To Jewel, Circassian Victrola XVI
Replies: 41
Views: 2199

Re: From Junk To Jewel, Circassian Victrola XVI

This latest group of tasks were likely the most difficult parts of this project. A previous examination showed that about one inch had been removed from the front and rear feet, plus the rear feet had been modified by having the outward bulge removed so the shortened legs were squared off. The right...