The Columbia Disc Graphophone Type "BI" (or "Sterling") became the model that virtually defined the distinctive artistic style of the company. Rich, warm oak and cool, elegant nickel plating. The solid-brass, nickel-plated flower horn has its original plating which we have polished to a delightful luster.
The stately oak cabinet has its original factory finish and decals. It's not every day that we find an instrument in such a remarkable state of preservation. The factory finish is still fresh and smooth.
Original decals in GREAT shape!
The horn/arm components gleam -- clean and well polished. You can see how Columbia selected the nickname "Sterling" for this instrument- the nickel plating is not unlike antique silver.
We've made all the adjustments -- the soundbox has been scrupulously restored and calibrated, with new rubber gaskets. One of the foremost blunders that amateur sellers make is in their inability to properly tune a soundbox. After 48 years, WE know what to do -- and the sound is glorious!
The motor is a double-spring powerhouse which smoothly and evenly plays your 78 rpm records. We installed two new mainsprings to insure the best performance. Compare our precisely adjusted motor to the junk you find elsewhere on the Web: motors with broken springs held together by baling wire, bearings and shafts trashed by home-made repairs, giant Phillips-head screws protruding where they're not supposed to be, quite a mess!
This is a beautiful and a great-playing instrument. Every day of the week we repair the mistakes of other people. Most dealers lack the skills to adjust these machines properly. At phonophan we understand these machines inside and out! What you buy from us is far and away the finest quality -- no mis-matched parts, no home handyman repairs. Only the finest work, which is based on 48 years in this field.
The Columbia BI Disc Graphophone -- classic good looks, superb playing quality, a must for those who want to enjoy both the visual and the auditory pleasures of a true antique phonograph.
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