THE STANDARD DISC TALKING
The Columbia Phonograph Company claimed, in their marketing, that they
had "invented the talking machine business." This was no idle boast.
That fact is, that while Edison had grown distracted and taken a
long hiatus from his Phonograph during the 1880s, the men who were to
give life to Columbia were tirelessly at work perfecting recorded sound
-- until Edison himself finally had to sit up and take notice! Columbia
continued to be a formidable force in the industry for many decades.
This charming little instrument is a Columbia product, manufactured by
Columbia in Bridgeport, CT, and distributed by the Standard Talking
Machine Co. of Chicago.
We have spent a good part of our 47 years in the talking machine
restoration business perfecting the original type of translucent finish
that was used on flower horns back in the day. With excellent results!
The horn fairly glows. And our resident artist has added hand-painted,
roses to create a work of consummate artistry! These pinky-white roses
catch the eye and capture the heart.
Here we see the gold "Standard Talking Machine Co." decal. A decal
hand-made by a friend of ours who has, in his retirement, transformed
the manufacture of decals into a small-batch, artisan project. Each one
perfectly indistinguishable from an original. All the decals used on
this type of machine were designated "Style X,"
although when equipped with a large, colorful flower horn such as this
one, the model was "officially" called "X2."
This soundbox is the heart of the machine -- it must be correctly
calibrated. We'd also like to call your attention to the original horn
support arms, and brass elbow. As usual, when we acquired this
instrument, we found that a
"home handyman" had attempted to "repair" it. Of course, he
made a failure of it. We carefully undid his "work" and proceeded to do
a proper job of making it functional like new. In fact, we spend a lot
of time "undoing" the
depredations of amateurs.
The Standard X2 will play 10" diameter "acoustic" (pre-1925) 78 rpm
records. One record
per winding. It is important to use clean, not badly worn
records. If you have no 78s, no problem -- we are happy
give you some with the purchase. And of course it comes with plenty of
Price: $750.00 US, plus s/h
(NY State residents must
pay tax, if applicable).
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