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Edison Opera database

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Several people have commented about the potential value of a database listing known Edison Operas in this thread. I have gone ahead and created a database to start this project, which will obviously take time.

Please post in this thread with information on Operas you own or have seen:

- Serial number
- Wood (mahogany or oak)
- Owner (information will be kept private)
- Notes (any details worth recording - ESPECIALLY if it is marked 'Concert.")

NOTE: If anyone is concerned about posting a serial number publicly on the forum, feel free to PM me privately.

Thanks!
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Any interest in also listing the Opera's poor country cousin, the Concert?

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Absolutely. I've edited my post accordingly. It would be interesting to see around what number the change from Opera to Concert occurred.

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Okay, I'll start...

#1
- Serial number: 4411
- Wood: Mahogany
- Owner: Me, (no previous owners known)
- Notes: Marked "Concert"

#2
- Serial number: 2676
- Wood: Oak
- Owner: Me, (no previous owners known)
- Notes: Marked "Opera"

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My machine was noted in the previous thread but I'll add details here.

Serial# 4663
Wood: Oak
Owner: me (previous owner unknown)
Marked as Concert with Dealer tag originally sold from Toronto Canada.
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Re: Edison Opera database

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Great start, let's keep them coming!

I have already added my census of Edison School Phonographs, which of course are Operas in metal cabinets. I will be curious to see if any wood-cased Opera numbers appear within the largest block of School numbers.

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Unlike machines with the data plate affixed to the cabinet as opposed to the bedplate, I would assume that practically all Opera/Concerts have data plates that match the number on the straight-edge? This would negate the need to add this item to the database, but interesting to note.

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This was my Opera that I sold in the 2017 Donley Auction

- Serial number: 2705
- Wood (mahogany or oak): Mahogany
- Owner (information will be kept private): Was Jim Nichol, present owner unknown
- Notes (any details worth recording - ESPECIALLY if it is marked 'Concert.")

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- Serial number: 3672
- Wood: Mahogany
- Owner: me
- Notes: purchased in England from an antiques dealer.

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Serial number: 1104
- Wood: Oak
- Owner: Me
- Notes: None

Are there any specific variations in Operas that need to be noted? Perhaps case variations on later examples?

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