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The Pathé company was a French firm that sold its wares around the world. They started out in cylinder phonographs in the 1890s, later expanded to disc machines in 1906. Pathé employed a slightly different system of recording known as the "vertical cut" system. As it turns out, vertical cut 78s are incredibly well-recorded and actually sound better to many ears than "regular" 78s. This instrument is in remarkably fine condition, including original cabinet finish and decal. We have carefully repainted the horn in an appropriate shade of French blue.
Luxurious French walnut cabinet -- original finish. Pathé used an innovative "celluloid" finish that did not age-check or darken like other finishes of the period. The decal on the front of the cabinet depicts a CYLINDER phonograph, since Pathé had begun manufacturing cylinder instruments before it began selling disc machines. The rooster was the Pathé mascot. Think of this logo as a kind of French take on the well-known "His Master's Voice" trade mark. The motto below reads, "I sing loud and clear."
More details of the cabinet. Note original winding crank. The seminal principle of the Pathé system -- instead of using frequently replaced steel needles, Pathé employed a PERMANENT JEWEL stylus that never needs replacing -- years ahead of its time!
The spotlessly clean spring motor.
The gentle curve of the back-bracket gives the machine an air of charm. And note the delicate gold decorations. The soundbox/arm assembly on a Pathéphone is infinitely more complex than the equivalent components of a Victor or Columbia. The sound which is produced is truly extraordinary. Pathé discs have a "real," an organic, quality that can only be achieved through the vertical-cut record process, with a permanent sapphire stylus. Because Pathé 78s differ from those of Victor, Columbia and other manufacturers, we are giving 4 Pathé discs with the machine. We have more if you need them. Pathé discs are not rare. They were produced in the USA for many years.
Walnut cabinet with original finish. Capable spring motor, suitable for playing 10" Pathé disc records. Do not mistake this uncommon creature for any ordinary talking machine. It is a delightful departure from the ordinary-- a truly extraordinary contrivance that represents charming originality and ingenuity!
Price: $1450.00, including 4 Pathé "vertical cut" 78s, and we have more if you need them. Plus s/h (NY State residents must add tax).
US Post: PHONOPHAN
PO Box 747
Henrietta, NY 14467 USA
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