Currys - The Cycle People - 1927 Gramophones

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Re: My Currys "Portland"

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Gramtastic wrote:Here is my Currys "Portland" table model - not the same as any shown... Must have been many different variations !!
Thank you for posting that. This is the only branded Currys machine I have seen. Unfortunately the eBay catalogue doesn't show hornless type machines and I suspect the seller may have omitted some pages. Yes, even comparing the two catalogues they seem to have switched design elements around e.g. the Melba cabinet in the eBay catalogue looks more like the Nelson cabinet shown in my catalogue.

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Re: Currys - The Cycle People - 1927 Gramophones

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My first thought: what a shame Currys didn't get together with the Gramophone people--we could have had The Gramophone, Typewriter, and Bicycle Ltd. :lol:

My second thought: :oops:

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Re: Currys - The Cycle People - 1927 Gramophones

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Interesting reading, jamiegramo and contributors.

My Father-In-Law owns a Portland Curry's 'Pedestal' Gramophone (please see images).....and it works a treat.
I would appreciate it if anyone can give me an approximate value of the machine.
Thank you.
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Re: Currys - The Cycle People - 1927 Gramophones

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With very few exceptions, cabinet gramophones are difficult to sell. Not everyone has the space to accommodate them, and only those within convenient travelling distance are likely to be prepared to collect them.
Your Portland is uncommon, but rarity does not always equate with monetary value. HMV's are generally more common but tend to achieve the best prices. Even so, I recently struggled to sell a top of the range HMV511 which went to a local buyer for £200.
That said, your Portland might not be worth more than £100. If it was mine I would keep it and enjoy it.

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Re: Currys - The Cycle People - 1927 Gramophones

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You have been a great help, epigramophone. Thank you very much.
The gramophone will be staying in the family.....and we shall continue to enjoy it.

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Re: Currys - The Cycle People - 1927 Gramophones

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I was about to give very similar advice on your other thread to that of epigramophone. Sadly, in practice gramophones like this can be very hard to sell even at a low price. Great to hear your family is looking to keep it and enjoy it! There's plenty of advice here on the forum about getting the best from them, which often involves no more than lubricating the motor and replacing the rubber gaskets in the soundbox.
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Re: Currys - The Cycle People - 1927 Gramophones

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Thank you for the advice, Orchorsol.
It is very much appreciated.

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