Columbia put the other talking machine companies to shame when it
style. They specialized in pretty decals and eye-catching horns. The
Type "BWT" Disc Graphophone was developed after 1909 to include
instruments created by Columbia employing wooden cabinets obtained in
court settlements with rival firms such as Talkophone. However,
the oak cabinet of this particular BWT was designed in-house by
Columbia, making it far more interesting and rare. The unusual horn
represents a partnership between Columbia and a German manufacturing
company, and was specifically named the Columbia Europa horn. We have
restored it to reflect the exact "blended" color scheme that was used
for the Europa horns. Stunning!
The decal is a hand-made replica, so completely authentic that it can
not be distinguished from an original. Like the original decals, it is under the finish. The "bad old
days" of crummy, inferior decals are long gone, and good riddance!
All components are in fine condition. We have performed a professional, thorough restoration. Our instruments are spotlessly clean. We take no short cuts. 48 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.
This Columbia soundbox gives extra volume -- it is identical to the one used on the up-to-date Grafonolas (upright model Columbias) of this period. Note the "swirly" dasmaskeening under the mica diaphragm -- a decorative effect characteristic of fine watches and scientific instruments.
The BWT has a smooth-running spring motor, which we have literally spent hours professionally tweaking and adjusting.. A brand new mainspring insures plenty of power. The BWT plays 10" diameter 78 rpm records, and if you need some, just let us know.
Inside the cabinet is this original patent notice. Note that is is written in English and Spanish. During the 'teens, both Columbia and Victor began to actively pursue the vigorous South American market to sell their talking machines.
The Columbia Type BWT Disc Graphophone -- a beautifully designed instrument at an affordable price! We are especially proud of the gorgeously painted horn,.
Price: $1450.00 plus s/h, (NY State residents must add tax if applicable).
US Post: PHONOPHAN
PO Box 747
Henrietta, NY 14467 USA
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