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by Oedipus
Tue May 04, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: eBay & Craigslist Alerts
Topic: Two EMG's etc
Replies: 13
Views: 650

Re: Two EMG's etc

Yes, the Mark X has obviously been fitted with an HMV motor (so obviously, I wonder why the auctioneers seem to doubt it?), and I'd say the motor board is original EMG. But what a shame that the original (and rare) horn has been replaced. Dr Roland obviously already had a XB -- why would he want ano...
by Oedipus
Tue May 04, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: Columbia portables..the endless enigma?
Replies: 49
Views: 4705

Re: Columbia portables..the endless enigma?

The EMI serial number system from 1936 onwards is pretty well meaningless from the historical point of view; numbers were allocated each year in blocks to each model, and the blocks are not necessarily consecutive. Taking B14 (1950) as an example, some Columbia 9000s were in a block from 15191 - 159...
by Oedipus
Sun May 02, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: Another table grand, is this HMV model 125?
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: Another table grand, is this HMV model 125?

If by 'wide fork' you mean the brake with a little knob on the right-hand 'prong' of the fork, that is No 1 Autobrake. It has to be set by hand for each record (hence the little knob), although once set for records with a fast run out it would work for most of them. However, although such records we...
by Oedipus
Fri Apr 30, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: Another table grand, is this HMV model 125?
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: Another table grand, is this HMV model 125?

The 126 and 127 have different cases - not immediately obvious, but it's clear if you put them side by side. 127 has thinner sides, a slightly squatter lid moulding, and different doors - they are pivoted within the jambs, as on 109 etc, not hinged at the corners as on the 126. The bead round the to...
by Oedipus
Fri Apr 30, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: Gramophone Co Ltd Monarch ?
Replies: 6
Views: 282

Re: Gramophone Co Ltd Monarch ?

With that transfer, both these machines can be tied down to 1908-9.
The horn on the Monarch is later -- pre-WW1 Morning Glory horns have a circular tapered section between the panels and the elbow, with a less pronounced bead at the joint with the elbow.
by Oedipus
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: Gramophone table
Replies: 18
Views: 558

Re: Gramophone table

I have seen advertisements for this table, or a similar one with that cylindrical record box, in early literature, though I cannot remember exactly where, so it would take some finding. Interesting that the eBay one is at Hayes -- assuming that is Hayes Middlesex, not Hayes, Kent or any other Hayes ...
by Oedipus
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: Portables to identify and discuss
Replies: 44
Views: 2578

Re: Portables to identify and discuss

Thank you Nostalgia, yes, the 9102 is clearly a 97-based Odeon, and I am wondering now if the parts list I remember seeing was for this model! All I can remember is that it was not 102-based. Both these models were obviously made at Hayes, unlike some of the other post-EMI merger Odeons, and I wonde...
by Oedipus
Sat Apr 24, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: When not too often seen HMV's come in pairs..
Replies: 5
Views: 266

Re: When not too often seen HMV's come in pairs..

Re the two 101 portables, yes, the one on the left with a 'wide loop' lid catch and flared winding socket on the motor is a 101G (it probably says GC101G) on the metal label. The two-flap lid catch is a little earlier, with a circular celluloid label, and is probably a 101E or 101F (but the label wi...
by Oedipus
Sat Apr 24, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: Portables to identify and discuss
Replies: 44
Views: 2578

Re: Portables to identify and discuss

Reverting to the Odeon, B16 would be 1952 and B18 would be 1954. The serial number was indeed allocated to a Columbia 211A in 1954. As to why the Odeon was labelled a Columbia, I don't know; the only Odeon models shown in the serial number lists for that period are Model 9102, which is probably an O...
by Oedipus
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: British & European Machines
Topic: The Oraphone
Replies: 13
Views: 411

Re: The Oraphone

L & Co refers to the foundry that cast this turntable. (I don't know who they were). They also supplied Collaro. Judging by the speed control this is not a British motor, but it is not unknown for imported motors to be fitted with British turntables. I can't find any reference to Oraphone -- the...