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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 4:37 pm 
Bruce,

that Ideal is fantastic! That mottled finish on the bedplate is great and the horn..well the condition is excellent. :D

Nice to have a machine with an "O" reproducer too. I had one of those reproducers once........

RJ 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Machine transparencies (phonographs/parts/etc.)
PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:26 pm 
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a machine transparency, so here is a Columbia BI Disc Gramophone, or ‘Sterling’ in the U.S. and ‘Regal’ in Britain and Europe, from Steve’s photograph library:

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I’ll attempt to solicit him to reply with more information about this machine; I know next to nothing about Columbia’s products, and as you may guess, the model and naming information are courtesy of Steve. :D

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:40 am 
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I'm not sure what I can say about this machine really?

It dates from approx. 1908 (I believe?) and it was the "middle-of-the-range" machine making it one of the most popular models. The Imperial and the Majestic were the better models with the latter having a triple spring motor whilst both models shared the same rounded cornered mahogany case. The BI has a double-spring motor and "Analyzing" reproducer / soundbox. Some of these are fitted with a volume control valve to the rear but not on this particular example. The horn is nickel plated brass and the tone-arm is uniquely aluminium. Columbia were the only makers to produce an all aluminium tone-arm, presumably for lightness?

HTH

Steve


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:56 am 
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Steve,

Thanks for the information on the machine. Ironically enough when I was trying to look into your question about the manufacture of springs, I found a page belonging to one of our other members citing it as a favorite phonograph.

Apparently it is a very coincidental morning. :D

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