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 Post subject: Re: Horn gramophones to identify and discuss
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:58 pm 
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The motor in the gramophone with the repainted horn, is the same as the original one fitted to my Stradivari German machine..


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 Post subject: Re: Sold as an English horn gramophone, with a Garrard motor
PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:32 am 
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epigramophone wrote:
gramophoneshane wrote:
Thanks for that information and picture.
To be honest, I never knew Columbia was still offering horn gramophones so late in the game. I'd actually forgotten all about Columbia using Garrard motors, although the limited amount of Columbia's I've had experience with were all stamped as Columbia motors by Garrard, but I guess by this late in the game they no longer bothered.
It still retains the classic Columbia shape knob on the crank though I see.

Can I ask what reproducer and type of tonearm was used on these late Columbia horn machines?
Did they stick to the one piece tonearm similar to what you find on the earlier BI type machines throughout production of horn machines over the years?

I can't imagine they sold very well when their only real competition would have been the HMV Model 32.


The Model 2a was Columbia's last external horn machine. It had the Plano-Reflex tonearm and the No.9 soundbox as pictured.

I took pity on a beginner who had been deceived by a Crapophone and wanted the real thing, so I sold it to him. I have never seen another. It still lives only five miles from me, and if the new owner ever decides to sell it I want it back!


The 2a is still the one machine on my wish list. Viva Tonal, horn, single spring, and just small enough to not draw too much attention to itself when I sneak it in! I haven’t been around for a few weeks, and popped on here JUST to see if anyone was discussing the 2a! VERY unlikely to meet up with one here in the states, but stranger things have happened.
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