Model: Salon-Apparat De Lux
Serial: # 132
Original Cost: 1000 Mark ($ 235). A German hospital doctor earned 300 Mark per month.
Case/Cabinet size: 47" H, 25" D, 22" W
Turntable Size: 12"/three-spring motor
Soundbox: Exhibition (featuring the HMV "Sound Box Clip")
Horn Dimensions: Inside horn; 10" H, 13" W at the opening
Repro Parts: None
Current Value Mint: N/A (unique model beyond price)
Interesting Facts: DGAG factory design number 218, registered on February 26, 1908. One of three inside horn models first listed in the German catalogue of April 1908. Most expensive in house model of DGAG at the time. Manufactured only on demand with a waiting time of five weeks!! DGAG cleary aimed at members of the upper class who still felt repulsed by "vulgar" open horn machines.
Favorite Characteristic: Beautiful luxurious cabinet of massive cherry wood with African mahagony veneer and inlays of precious woods and nacre. Designed in "Pre-Modern" or "Reformstil", still with elements of "Jugendstil". Characteristics of "Reformstil", popular in Germany after 1905, is reduced, geometric and monumental form.
Short catalogue life, soon replaced by baroque-style "Gramola" (= renamed "Victrola" models)
The "Sound Box Clip" is essential for handling - I couldn't live without it
A wonderful record of Edyth Walker is on the turntable
Massive cherry wood everywhere
A page from the German DGAG catalogue of April 1908