I agree with Dulcetto, the sound quality of the 1A, although good, does not match that of an Opera. Both share almost identical works, but the Opera horn is acoustically superior to the 1A internal horn. The advantage of the 1A is that it has the gear shift that allows it to play 2- and 4-minute cylinders, while the Opera plays only the 4-minute. And the reversible soundbox shown in this example, that can also be fitted on the Opera, allows also to play the 4-minute wax amberols, that cannot be played with the more common single stylus soundbox.Dulcetto wrote: ↑Wed Sep 22, 2021 12:18 pm As to sound quality -- again , that's a matter of opinion -- the one example I've heard play , in the collection of a well - known West Country enthusiast , didn't strike me as the being that much different to an Edison machine with a good external horn -- and he certainly didn't pay anything remotely like 5.600 for his ! but there was obviously several bidders at the auction who DID want to !!
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