What is your ”Holy Grail” machine? Have you found it?

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They are both in the same collection and they are impressive. I only know of one Victor machine.
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TinfoilPhono wrote: Thu Sep 14, 2023 5:31 pm
phonospud wrote: Thu Sep 14, 2023 12:23 pm A Columbia front mount equivalent exists too. I’ve seen that one in the flesh years ago. It had a massive aluminum horn with a floor stand.
This one appeared at Union in 2004, with a massive brass horn.
Crikey! A magnificent machine that isn't going to be upstaged by much else anytime soon.

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Curt A wrote: Fri Sep 15, 2023 9:31 am They are both in the same collection and they are impressive. I only know of one Victor machine.
Does anyone happen to have a photo of the extant Victor model? (I feel like I'm asking for a photo of Bigfoot).

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daverob wrote: Fri Sep 15, 2023 3:39 pm Does anyone happen to have a photo of the extant Victor model? (I feel like I'm asking for a photo of Bigfoot).
In case you're not familiar with them, there's a series of 8 titles by Fabrizio & Paul which contain (in addition to hundreds of pages of text and captions) approx. 3750 color images of a wide variety of artifacts related to the early recording industry. Here's a page from A World of Antique Phonographs. (Click image once or twice to enlarge and sharpen.)

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Hi,

Can I assume that the few known surviving examples of the Monarch De Luxe ($60 sep) are always in "black oak"? Has anyone ever found the "accompanying" floor-model record cabinet? This combo image is from p. 19 of Eldridge Johnson's pre-VTMCo catalog in Philadelphia.
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phonogfp wrote: Fri Sep 15, 2023 7:06 pm
daverob wrote: Fri Sep 15, 2023 3:39 pm Does anyone happen to have a photo of the extant Victor model? (I feel like I'm asking for a photo of Bigfoot).
In case you're not familiar with them, there's a series of 8 titles by Fabrizio & Paul which contain (in addition to hundreds of pages of text and captions) approx. 3750 color images of a wide variety of artifacts related to the early recording industry. Here's a page from A World of Antique Phonographs. (Click image once or twice to enlarge and sharpen.)

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Thanks for the image! I have most of the titles (I even try to pinch zoom the paper pages) and I think the one I remember is in the Baumbach "look for the dog". I guess I was looking for sightings "in the wild" if they're out there. To enhance my hopes of seeing one in person someday.

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I'll talk about my favored machine when I get one. :D

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There is a third columbia carved phonograph with the faces on the corner known on the west coast
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Not on my list, and probably for the best. They are cool and I appreciate the carving, but to me, they are hideous.

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