Columbia put the other talking machine companies to shame when it came to style. They specialized in pretty decals and eye-catching horns. This gorgeous variant of the  Type "BWT" Disc Graphophone was one of a group of instruments created by Columbia after it acquired the unused cabinets of the defunct Talkophone Co. of Ohio. Talkophone was well known in the industry for its appealing cabinetry, and Columbia made full use of the elegant woodwork.  What is the most impressive feature of this machine?  The pristine original factory finish?  The stunning original decals?  The solid-brass, brilliantly nickel plated horn with sprays of roses?   What would you say it was?

Speaking of the horn --- Columbia also acquired inventory from the defunct Hawthorne & Sheble Manufacturing Co., a major maker of high-quality talking machine horns and other components.  Following the "waste not, want not" principle to the letter, Columbia incorporated the horns, and adapted many of the H&S components into the instruments it produced.  Here we find the unmistakeable bright nickel plating and spiraling sprays of roses characteristic of Hawthorne & Sheble.

The mirror-like nickel exterior of the horn,

All components are in fine condition. We have performed a professional, thorough cleaning, polishing and calibration. Our instruments are spotlessly clean. We take no short cuts. 50 years of experience go into everything we sell. 

We have taken special care to skillfully rebuild and regulate the soundbox (needle head) to produce big, bold and brilliant music.  Where do our competitors fail?  One significant  factor is the soundbox.  We have seen every kind of jury-rigged nonesense that other dealers have perpetrated.  And we have fixed their mistakes.  From other dealers you get mistakes because nobody else has our 50 years of experience.

The original banner decal.  The original factory finish is extraordinary.

On the side panel, this original "shield" decal trumpets Columbia's success in the market.

The Columbia Type BWT Disc Graphophone -- a charming, authentic antique talking machine -- look how it shines!  What is the best feature? -- ALL of them.  How does it play?  BEAUTIFULLY!

Price: $1650.00 plus s/h, (NY State residents must add tax if applicable).


Telephone: 585-244-5546


               PO Box 747

               Henrietta, NY 14467 USA

Click here for Terms & Conditions of sale

Return to Main Sales Page