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Buy with confidence -- here are unsolicited e-mails from recent customers: Hello Tim, Just to let you know I received the Edison Fireside player on Monday.... right on time. It's sure a beauty! Just what I've been looking for. It was so well packed that it took me half an hour to extricate all the bits and pieces and get it set up. First cylinder I played was "Yankee Doodle Dandy" by Billy Murray. Just think, after nearly a hundred years brought back to life on the original player! Can't help but muse on the miracle it must have been at the turn of the last century. Believe it or not, the power went out here the next day for about 4 hours, so I spent the afternoon in front of the fire, with the Edison Fireside bringing back the old music. -- M.H., WA
received the “Victor E” and it was a huge hit. The
husband and I just loved it. I am not used to buying something so
expensive unseen but it was a wonderful experience. My kids are 16 and
12 and into today’s world, when there is free time and
games are waiting and TV show pre-recorded and ready to watch, it was a
wonderful experience to sit as a family and listen to records their
great grandmother had collected. Many thanks for your
Warm regards, S.H., CA
STANDARD DISC TALKING
MACHINE, MODEL "A," 1909 Have you been wanting
a genuine antique phonograph -- NOT one of the crummy fakes flooding
yes is the answer, and you also want
a reasonable price, then the Standard Disc Model "A" is for you! Click
on the image above to see more pictures, get full details and find out
VICTOR II TALKING MACHINE WITH OAK HORN, 1912
STANDARD DISC TALKING MACHINE, MODEL "A," 1909
Have you been wanting a genuine antique phonograph -- NOT one of the crummy fakes flooding the Internet? If yes is the answer, and you also want a reasonable price, then the Standard Disc Model "A" is for you! Click on the image above to see more pictures, get full details and find out the price.
Gorgeous is the only way to describe this charming denizen of the good old days. Find out why this delightful Victor II is the perfect gift for anyone --- even yourself! Click the image of the Victor II above to see more pictures, get info and price.
VICTOR II TALKING MACHINE, 1907
This Victor, with its sleek black flower horn, is the epitome of Belle Époque splendor! We're happy to provide you with 78s to play on it, and plenty of needles --- just click on the image of the Victor II (Two) above to see more pictures, get all the info and the price.
The French Pathé company was so impressed with Edison's "Gem" Phonograph, in its little cast iron case, that Pathé created an homage -- they designed an instrument that looks like a "Gem," but with pretty, quaint touches Edison never imagined. Find out what makes this little charmer so special, see more pictures, get details and price -- just click on the image of the "Le Gaulois" above.
"BUSY BEE" TALKING MACHINE, 1907
Graceful, charming, with a big red horn like a luscious lollipop! The Busy Bee is thing of beauty and a joy forever (or at least a century or two!). See more pictures, get all the information and find out the price, just click on the image of the Busy Bee above.
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VICTOR "V" TALKING MACHINE, 1907
The Victor "V" (Five) is an instrument that is suited to playing ANY 78rpm record, and playing it effortlessly. It has a powerful motor, a loud, clear soundbox -- all wrapped up in commanding cabinetry. Click the image of the Victor V above and see more pictures, get details and price.
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MACHINE, WITH "TULIP" HORN, 1908
Just in time for the glorious Fourth of July -- The red, white and BEAUTIFUL "Union" talking machine, sold by those stalwarts of Midwestern commerce Harger & Blish of Dubuque, Iowa. A rare instrument, and, best of all, a very reasonably-priced genuine antique! See more pictures, get all the information and find out the price, just click on the image of the Union above.
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IMPOSSIBLY RARE HAWTHORNE & SHEBLE "STAR TALKING MACHINE" "No. 75" 1908
Not your average antique phonograph is putting it mildly! "Star" instruments were manufactured by (Ellsworth) Hawthorne and (Horace) Sheble (pronounced "sheb-lee"). One look tells you H&S was questing for excellence. The "75" was their most expensive external-horn machine, in solid mahogany. Everything about this instrument speaks of quality and imagination. See more pictures, read all about it, get the price -- just click on the image of the Yankee Prince above.
THIS ITEM IS SOLD
PAILLARD'S "ECHOPHONE," 1906
The brand name "Echophone" was used in the USA during the mid-1890s, and then revived by the Swiss firm of Paillard (pronounced "pie-yard") in the early 1900s. Paillard produced some of the finest phonographs of the period, and this particular one is a sterling example -- and we mean that literally, since the brilliantly polished mechanism shines like silver! Click the image of the Echophone above to see more pictures, get all the details, and find out the price.
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THE PUCK PHONOGRAPH, A DIMINUTIVE MUSIC MAKER. 1904
The "Puck" proves that good things come in small packages. It's a genuine antique cylinder phonograph, but can literally sit on the palm of your hand. Find out why this instrument is so amazing, see more pictures and learn the price -- just click on the image of the Puck Phonograph above.
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VICTOR "III" TALKING MACHINE, 1908
This charming and beautiful Victor III has classic good looks, iconic style, and conveys the very essence of the turn of the twentieth century. Don't you need a little Old School glamour in your home? Click the image of the Victor III (Three) above and see more pictures, get details and price.
THIS ITEM IS SOLD
EDISON "HOME" PHONOGRAPH, MODEL "A," 1903
The classic "Banner" Edison Home Phonograph, marvel of the turn of the twentieth century -- and just as astounding today in its ability to entertain and amuse us with its old school technology. Click the image of the Edison Home above to see more pictures, get all the details, and find out the price.
THIS ITEM IS SOLD
VICTOR "MONARCH" TALKING MACHINE, 1905
The classic, iconic Victor talking machine, with super shiny brass horn -- this "Monarch" RULES! Oh what fun it is to hear a sweet old song tonight! Click on the image of the Monarch above to see more pictures, get all the info and find out the price.
From April 2013, we
share this note from our client J.T. in Australia: Hi Tim, I just wanted
to say thank you again
for providing such a great service and product. The instructions you
provided were fantastic and made it very easy to get everything up and
running. I gave the phonograph to my sister as a wedding gift late last
week and she absolutely loved it- she was so happy she cried! Also
thank you for providing the needles and records- the sound is truly
I UNDERSTAND WHAT A "CYLINDER" RECORD IS BECAUSE OF ITS DISTINCTIVE APPEARANCE. BUT WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A "78," A "33" AND A "45" FLAT DISC RECORD?
The instruments we sell are NON-ELECTRIC and play "78 rpm" records. These records were made between 1900 and 1960 and represent a WIDE range of music, primarily popular hits, but also blues, jazz, classical, Operatic may be found. "78s" were pressed from SHELLAC.
"33"s (actually 33 1/3 rpm records) arrived MUCH later and they play on more modern electric Hi Fi or Stereo sets. "33"s are pressed from vinyl. No antique phonograph is can play a "33."
"45"s were introduced about the same time as "33"s, and they also play on electric Stereo sets. "45"s are pressed from vinyl.
More unsolicited comments:
"Hi Tim, I've been remiss in waiting so long to update you on the machines... They arrived in excellent condition, and assembly was a breeze!... Anyway, my first opportunity to truly enjoy our old 78s was while entertaining friends over dinner last weekend - very appropriately, they were a professor of music and his wife stopping over Singapore on their way home to Melbourne, Australia from celebrating their anniversary in Paris, both about our age; also our kids and their piano teacher. I put on the first record before they arrived to savour a private moment of being transported into my past by the familiar "snap-crackle-pop" of needle on disc. During the evening, we enjoyed together as much the ritual of playing records as the music from a bygone era - Victor Silvester and his orchestra - and I could see the thrill especially in our children's eyes!... [Your] books I have placed in my study, with one on my desk for reading in-between work. I keep visiting your website to see what you have on offer (and to regret some of the lovely machines I missed)." I.B., Singapore
"Mr Fabrizio: I received the little Amberola today. I can truthfully say that I have never seen an antique phonograph as mint as this one. It plays great , and the wood grain is beautiful. I have never seen a packaging job this good too! Opening it was like conducting an archaeological dig. Thanks again!" C.W., AL
"Tim, I wanted to tell you how thrilled I am to have purchased the Edison player from you. It's a beautiful machine. It's everything you said it was. The sound is incredible. I wake up in the morning and put a cylinder on and enjoy. Thank you so much for all your help. I look forward to making another purchase from you in the near future." G.C., MD
Other e-mail from customers: Tim. The graphaphone just arrived. I can't tell you how much in love with it I am. It arrived perfect, looks perfect and the sound is just remarkable. I will treasure it my entire lifetime. Thank you so much for all of your help with it... Again thank you so much for preserving history so beautifully so the rest of us can enjoy it. I am just happy beyond belief. -- M.W., KSHi, Tim!
How our clients feel:
The Victor MS with spear tip horn arrived early Christmas eve, and I couldn’t be happier. Of course I had to open it early; Your machines are always packed with as much care as an Egyptian pharos mummy, and unwrapping it takes an afternoon in itself. Just cutting into the box, and then getting that first whiff of furniture polish and machine oil brought a tear to my eye and had me shaking with anticipation. After assembly I could only stand back and marvel at just how beautiful it is. A true work of art, it makes my Victor VI look anemic. The way your artisans matched the new finish on the case with the old on the horn is nothing short of genius. And it sounds just as sweet as it is aesthetic. Many thanks for another fabulous machine, and my best to you this new year, -- J.H., OR
WHAT a nice Machine! I'm very happy. It was worth every dime and then
some. It's a great restoration. I restore classic German cars for a
living and I can certainly appreciate the workmanship. Even my WIFE
thinks it's cute... and that, my friend, is saying something. --
My Edison GEM cylinder phonograph arrived today as promised, and I just could not be any happier. Your packing was perfect, and the GEM plays like, well, a gem! I'm so glad I decided to purchase from you instead of taking my chances on eBay. The restoration work you did was astonishing, and was obviously performed with care and respect. The player is mechanically perfect and retains all of the charm that it has earned over its 98 year lifetime. Honestly, this is one of my best purchases ever! -- G.N., TN
I just wanted to tell you how pleased I am with my Victor. A short while ago a neighbor stopped by and the first thing noticed was the Victor. As described, it's a big and imposing machine which never fails to bring a smile to all who have heard and seen it. Great job on the machine and to be frank, I have never seen anything shipped with such care.
"Ok - you're right - I don't need a new needle... I was about to send it in to another company for something that wasn't even wrong! You're the only one that challenged whether or not I needed that piece! Thank you." - J. H.
"I got the machine today in wonderful shape. It's really beautiful. It was delivered to my office, where I set it up and put a record on it - Elvis "That's All Right" 1955. I didn't realize how loud it would be. In about 20 seconds there was a dance party in the hallway. We followed that with the flip side - "Blue Moon of Kentucky" (original version, of course!) We made it through a Billie Holiday and a Tex Ritter before my secretary put a stop to our fun." - R.C.
"Thank you for the info and advice. You could have snowed me into buying a replacement, instead, you told me the truth. It is much appreciated." -J.
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