WANTED: Crank for Zonophone Concert

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WANTED: Crank for Zonophone Concert

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Looking for slotted Zonophone crank for Concert model. Anyone?

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I'm assuming a Victor slotted crank would also be the same/correct?

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I would measure the distance from the pin in the winding shaft (or a smidge past the pin) to the outside of the cabinet to a point where the crank turns to the knob. I'd then call Ron Sitko with this measurement. I suspect a reproduction slotted crank for a Victor III would fit your needs and Ron can help with the correct replacement crank.

We all have the desire for original parts but an original slotted crank for a Victor or Zonophone is a tall order. If you locate one I would expect the price to be around $100 or more.

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This is the crank from my late Zonophone Concert. I believe it to be correct and original and what you need. A reproduction Sitko crank for a Victor will work and look good until you turn up an original . The important measurement is the length of the shaft from the slot to the point where it meets with the flat portion that goes to the knob. Hope this helps.

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The correct crank for that machine is an "S" shaped crank with a slotted, drop off shaft, similar to a Symphonion music box crank, although any slotted crank that fits will work. An original is a needle in a haystack crank that is very seldom found loose from a machine.

What you are looking for is similar to the one shown below, which is (I believe) an original Symphonion crank with a brass handle, although the crank shape is more correct for a Zonophone... Symphonion cranks are normally more slender "S" shaped than this. The original Zonophone crank that you need is very similar, but with a wooden handle.
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Here is a picture of the "exact" correct crank for your Zonophone. Additional pics can be seen here: https://www.technogallerie.com/shop/190 ... ica-parts/
Mine was a late backmount model like yours and had this exact same crank...
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I think we need to consider that the Concert model Zonophone evolved from a front mount to a rear mount made with the same cabinet and cast insert decks and finally to a Concert Zonophone in name only because it was a Victor subsidiary with Victor Talking Machine appearance. If we look at the photo of atopoloksy's crank-less machine it looks like a very late Victor dictated Zonophone Concert. The very similar machine in my collection has the crank I posted in my reply. It's a slotted crank that's a little different. It has an untapped entrance with a pin across the inside of the tube. It engages a winding shaft with a fairly short pin. A replica Victor slotted crank with the correct length from the winding shaft will work fine at least until an original is located.

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My late-model Zonophone "Oxford" (sold by Sears) uses a Victor-style slotted crank.

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Jerry and Raphael are correct. Your machine uses a Victor style slotted crank. The earlier metal bed Zonophones used the s-shaped Zonophone crank that Curt mentions, but almost all of the wood bed machines -- including yours -- used the Victor style crank.

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Re: WANTED: Crank for Zonophone Concert

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This is the crank you need.
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