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 horn is noteworthy -- it was manufactured by the Hawthorn & Sheble Manufacturing Co,, who's factory was located near Columbia's in Bridgeport, CT. Eventually, Columbia acquired the entire H & S inventory.  The finish used back in the day is confoundingly hard to duplicate. The finish was not thick, but the color was intense and translucent. Generations of home handymen have wandered down to their local autoparts stores, hoping to find a paint that could come close to the original. Unfortunately, auto paint won't work. Over a period of decades of experimentation, we have developed a multi-step process that not only comes close to the arctic blue of the H & S horns, it MATCHES it perfectly.

The original banner decal. We have meticulously restored the cabinet, not unlike the way that valuable paintings are revived -- carefully preserving the original factory decals.

The original, factory "Grand Prize" shield decal.

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. 

Not that we've ignored any necessary adjustments -- the soundbox has been scrupulously restored and adjusted -- note the new white rubber gaskets. One of the foremost blunders that amateur sellers make is in their inability to properly calibrate a soundbox. After 47 years, WE know what to do -- and the sound is glorious! Note the flat,round knob which protrudes from the back of the arm, at the left. This is a built-in volume control which still works!

Our BI is equipped with a double-spring motor. As you can see, it is clean and bright. We installed two new mainsprings to provide maximum power for playing your 78s. This motor is smooth running and quiet. We fix the mistakes of  unskilled home handymen every day. A phonophan instrument has received the highest attention to detail. No slap-dash, jury-rigged antique shop nightmares!

Beneath the cabinet is this original factory patent notice.

Every day of the week we repair the mistakes of other people. Most dealers lack the skills to adjust these instruments 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, based on 47 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. 

Price: $1950.00 plus s/h, (NY State residents must add tax if applicable).


Telephone: 585-244-5546

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