Top of the range UK Columbia.

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Top of the range UK Columbia.

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/203602757542 ... %7Ciid%3A1

At first glance this looks like a 131a of 1929, but that model had the Plano-Reflex tonearm and the No.9 soundbox. This one has the American style tonearm found on the 113/113a portables and the No.15 soundbox. No model number is displayed, but the lid transfer clearly states "Made in England".
So much better looking than an HMV Re-Entrant, it would make an unusual addition to anyone's collection. The seller has also listed an HMV511 at the very reasonable starting price of £299. What a fine pair they would make.
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Indeed it's beautiful! Impressive!
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I'm disappointed with the relatively small horn it has in comparison to the size of the cabinet.

As for the seller's comments about Columbia V HMV, I couldn't agree more!

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That's quite interesting, it is the first UK Columbia I see with the US Viva Tonal arm. I have the US 810 model, a huge machine with equally large horn and arm. This one looks smaller, and evidently the horn is too small as Steve pointed out. I have also the UK-made 132a, with a plano-reflex arm and a very large bifurcated horn, probably the largest Columbia horn (there is another UK Columbia model, I forget the number, with a slightly taller cabinet than the 132a, but I am not sure if the horn is larger).

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The 156?
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Inigo wrote: Wed Sep 15, 2021 1:40 pmThe 156?
No, Iñigo, it is not the 156 which is wider but not taller, and the horn does not look that big. I saw that other machine in a Columbia catalogue that Roger posted in the forum, but finding it now is quite complicated, especially if you don't know the type number you are looking for.

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Yes, a catalogue of uk Columbia models... I remember it...
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CarlosV wrote: Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:05 am
Inigo wrote: Wed Sep 15, 2021 1:40 pmThe 156?
No, Iñigo, it is not the 156 which is wider but not taller, and the horn does not look that big. I saw that other machine in a Columbia catalogue that Roger posted in the forum, but finding it now is quite complicated, especially if you don't know the type number you are looking for.
I think this is it:

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=43053

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That is! Thanks!
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OrthoFan wrote: Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:37 am

I think this is it:

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=43053

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Yes, thanks for finding it! The 134a is the one I had in mind, it is slightly larger than the 132a, with possibly a larger horn.

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