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HERE IS A SHORT LIST OF UNSOLICITED COMMENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD:
(a work in progress...)
Hi Tim, I just wanted to say thank you again for providing such a great service and product. The instructions you provided were fantastic and made it very easy to get everything up and running. I gave the phonograph to my sister as a wedding gift late last week and she absolutely loved it- she was so happy she cried! Also thank you for providing the needles and records- the sound is truly amazing. -- J.T., Australia
Tim. The graphaphone just arrived. I can't tell you how much in love with it I am. It arrived perfect, looks perfect and the sound is just remarkable. I will treasure it my entire lifetime. Thank you so much for all of your help with it... Again thank you so much for preserving history so beautifully so the rest of us can enjoy it. I am just happy beyond belief. -- M.W., KS
Hello Tim, Well, you've done it again! My 'new' Victrola VIII showed up right on time, meticulously packed and looking exactly like the photographs on your website. I couldn't wait to get it set up, 'cranking' out the tunes. Frankly I was amazed at the sound quality! For years I've been playing 78's on a modern turntable and sound system (which sounds great, of course) but my memory had mislaid the captivating vintage sounds that a newly refurbished reproducer and new needles can make. Modern digital recordings are technically perfect of course, but they can't match listening to the old music, heard through the veil of surface noise, bringing alive the artists and music of a bye-gone age. It's like pulling back the curtain and walking down into the parlor once more. You can look at an old photograph of someone, but if you can hear their voice, they're alive again. M.H., WA
Hey Tim,The Victrola that I just purchased for a birthday
present was a huge hit. First of all, you and your team did a
great job restoring the old girl, and she sounds wonderful.
Second, the records you chose as part of the purchase were absolutely
perfect. In thinking about the sounds and types of music to come
out of the “Roaring Twenties” , I could not image a better
representation of music from that time period. Third and most
importantly, everyone, and I mean everyone who was present when I
unpacked the Victrola had a big smile when the music started and
literally danced and laughed the night away. My two young
daughters could not get enough, and we played records until way past
their bed time. It is amazing to think about how we have become
so dependent upon iPods, and HD tv, and yet to be so entertained by
something from a long ago bygone era. It was truly magic.
She is perfect. Thank you. C.B., IN
You can pack for me anytime. What a joy to unwrap . . . and unwrap this beautiful Fireside machine and cygnet horn. I am completely satisfied with the condition, the sound (wow), your professional manner, etc., etc. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone looking to add to their collection (like me) or start a collection. Thanks so much. R.S., PA
Just wanted to let you know that the phonograph was rec'd a few hours ago. Its as wonderful as you said, and I'm super happy. Plays records 100x better then the local antique shop for sure! Well packaged, and as described. I'm shocked how loud it is! I'm very glad I didn't waste more time at the antique store. They tried to sell me a unit that wobbled badly and pretended it was in mint condition! Thank you again.....Can I order (3) hundered soft needles now, as Ive been buying records like crazy! lol -- M.K. OR
Dear Tim, hello! Finally, the long
story with phonograph is ended… Yesterday I presented the device
to my friend for his birthday. He was so glad to get it. We run the
melody exact during celebration night. It was really fun! The condition
of device is appreciated very much by my friend. So, we can conclude
that we made very good deal with you. Thank you very much for that!!! I
wish you good luck in all you businesses! A.T., Moscow,
wonderful package arrived at my door yesterday!...I just love it! Your
job was great...not a ding, dent, scratch or broken
part! The Victor I is everything (and more) that I hoped it would be! Thanks for sending along those 78's and extra needles. I have
already enjoyed the sound of the machine! And you were right...the sound is great! Tim, again thank you so much! I know I will truly treasure the
Victor I as a keepsake for many years to come. L.K., NM
received my Monarch yesterday. You were absolutely right...what a
beautiful old piece of history and a wonderful sound that emits from
that grand old machine. It was packed beautifully, and the instructions
of assembly even I could understand. I thank you for bringing some joy
and history into our house. Kindest regards, Bill.
I just wanted to thank you. You were
extremely helpful in answering all my questions and I felt very
confident in ordering with you. The 1910 COLUMBIA GRAPHOPHONE that I
purchased is beautiful and works wonderful. I'm absolutley thrilled to
own such a beautiful machine.
I'm happy that I found your website and will pass this on to friends and family. Thank you once again. From a very happy customer. L.D., NJ
You can rest assured knowing that I consider this phonograph to be one of my prized possessions, and will lovingly show it to MANY people. I truly feel like this wonderful toy has been transported through a time machine into my home, and through your incredible restoration process, it works as perfectly as the day it was shipped out of Edison's Factory! D.S., NJ
Thank you so much for our gorgeous phonograph. Just unpacking it was a treat! We absolutely love it, it works like it was new and it is a beautiful piece in our home. Also thank you for being so readily available for our questions both before and after the sale. We hope to add a second to our collection in the future! Thank you again. M. & B. I., MA
a very hectic week I was finally
able to unpack the Edison Chalet this morning. Thanks to your careful
packing it made the transport in perfect condition. I’m
thrilled with the phonograph – my first
I received my Victor II in extremely good shape. The restoration and packing of the machine more than exceeded my expectations. I've never seen anything restored or packed for shipping so well." - P.M., PA
I'm delighted! Thrilled! The Fireside arrived yesterday. The restoration is beautiful. I was so impressed that the horn isn't shiney, bright - spray paint-looking . It's the perfect finish. It's so professionally done. The packing was fabulous. You were right when you said there was no way the machine could be damaged. Everything was in tiptop shape. The machine works great and I'm absolutely delighted. A.B., IA
I've looked at many websites regarding
antique phonographs and this is by far the best one I've seen.
I've purchased three phonographs from this site and have been impressed
with every single one. The prices are the also the best I've
seen. Mr. Fabrizio sells excellent antique phonographs at very
affordable prices. I will continue to look at his website and
purchase additional phonographs in the future. R.R., MA
Must say you are quite the phono shipper and restorer! To say I’m pleased would be an understatement. Thrilled is more apropos! BIG THANKS!...A pleasure doing business with you again! -D.R., FL
I just wanted to tell you how pleased I am with my Victor V. A short while ago a neighbor stopped by and the first thing noticed was the Victor. As described, it's a big and imposing machine which never fails to bring a smile to all who have heard and seen it. Great job on the machine and to be frank, I have never seen anything shipped with such care. J.D., FL
What a great
machine. Thanks, for the accurate representation, packing of the
machine was excellent, and the instructions for care and operation were
well written. Thanks, for the 2 beginning records. We are already
enjoying the machine and will show it at some music events. R.E.,
I have about a dozen Edison cylinder machines but the one I play primarily is the Amberola 30 I bought from you about five years ago -- it works and sounds great! J.S., MI
I bought one of your wooden horn Victor machines for my husband in December 2003. He tells me at least once a week it is his favorite gift EVER! M.G., OK
Well you did it again, the package made it on time & did not get damaged one bit. I tried it out it works perfect. I been wanting a coin slot for a while now. Thanks so much for such a clean example of one. It is always a pleasure to do business with you. I'll say one thing you can always go in the shipping business since you do such a great job packing such delicate merchandise. J.C., NY
Your beautiful Pathe phonograph arrived this evening. It was rather simple to assemble and makes a loud, joyful sound. Please let me know what other Pathe records you have. S.M., FL
Thank you for the advice. Also I would like to say how pleased I am with your products, prices, prompt attention to emails, and delivery times. I was fighting with [name of well-known phonograph parts supplier eliminated to protect the guilty] all the way on all counts, and will look to you for future business as required. W.J., CA
We are thoroughly enjoying the Victor V phonograph you so kindly shipped us last week. It was indeed delivered Friday in time for our party on Saturday which found much of the crowd surrounding this beautiful piece of musical art. Our two year old son (Ben) each morning asks for it to be played and stares at it with the most intrigued look trying to figure out how music comes out of the horn... ahh what goes thru children's little heads... K.K., IL
Thanks for the "Fireside" reproducer carriage, it arrived this morning. People like yourself who are dedicated to finding these rare items are invaluable to phonograph collectors - your hard work is appreciated. R.A., England
is Ernie. He lives in
very happy man. He has wanted one of these since he was a kid when he
that his uncle owned. The phonograph arrived safe and sound. Thank you
packing it so well. I must admit that its a beautiful machine...
for all your help M. J., Australia
have received the
[Edison Standard Model D] is awesome, dude! I can't thank you
the magnificent restoration. The case is fabulous, the works quiet and
functional, the reproducers loud and clear, and the condition of the
the bedplate is astonishing. The recorder, in an original box, no less,
much creative amusement. Life is full of buying and selling. You, sir,
selling something very special in a very special way. This in itself,
apart from the delight in the talking machines, is a very effective
of faith in human interaction. K.B, IL
This is to let you know that the package has arrived safely. I have assembled the phonograph according to your instructions... and it is working fine. Anyway, it's a beauty... Thank you for the care you took in packing and the detailed assembly instructions. W.M.,
crank arrived and it works perfectly! Thanks so much for your
have helped make our holidays happier! D.B.T., CA
afternoon, I'd received the phono and the records in my domicile. It's
fantastic machine, better than you describe. The package was excellent,
sent was really fast. I only can say thank you for all, and, if I need
any other phono for my collection, without dubte, I'll
buy it to you. A.G.C.,
I received the
phonograph arrived the Friday after you mailed it. From what I
was entertaining the 3 and 4 year old niece and nephew for quite a
the machine. Hopefully they will be a new generation of people
appreciate the "good music". :) Thank you again for your
assistance! L.Z., MT
wanted to let you know the Victor V arrived on Thursday of last week.
It is excellent in every way and transports you back to 1908.
Our family has enjoyed listening to the old 78s.
I appreciate the masterful restoration work and your efforts to
original. I'll be ordering
additional needles soon! Thanks again. A.C., KS
to let you know the Graphophone arrived safely today. It truly is
Thanks so much. E.M., CA
wanted to send you an email thanking you for the wonderful phonograph
Monarch). It is my favorite phonograph in my collection. I will be
web site often for my next purchase.
Thanks. S.E., NJ
must say I was impressed with EVERYTHING. You even made the setup
with the manner in which you packed everything! I'm so very proud
finally have a 'high-end' Victor on display in my home! Many
I just got the
Standard Model] D yesterday - finally got it all unpacked, and gave it
playing today - couldn't be happier. It does indeed play very well.
you for the excellent packing job you did - I learned some new "tips"
on packing while unpacking these. Thanks also for the speedy shipment.
you, thank you, thank you..... M.B., MI
pleased with the Monarch. It is in great shape. The horn is
better shape than you led me to believe. It's a good original
good condition. G.D, CA
love this machine, just what I was looking for, really
beautiful. Again, I
am so pleased, what a treasure, Thank you again. You're da best.
DOING BUSINESS WITH YOU AND TO QUOTE
received the Mermaid Puck today and was astonished. The machine
expectations with its looks and playing volume. Thank you very much!
waited until today (it's my birthday) to open my machine. I am so
delighted! It is beautiful. Everything is exactly as you
You have been fabulous to work with. I'll be back. D.Z. ID
friend called from
can have the utmost confidence in dealing with Tim Fabrizio
attention to detail is meticulous. His customer satisfaction is the
will go the extra mile.... He is the best of the best." HPK
you know how much FUN it is to unpack a phono that I purchased from
The 3 machines that you recently sent me were BETTER THAN DESCRIBED,
PERFECTLY AND WERE IN MINT CONDITION... E.M. NJ
The Columbia BI
Thursday. It is truly fantastic! My wife and I love it. Packing was top
We were a little nervous about ordering something sight unseen of this
Thanks for making us believers. J.Y., NC
I just wanted to thank you for the great service and delivery on the Edison Diamond Disc Phonograph Winding Crank I ordered from you recently. It's exactly what I needed, and my
the fellow who purchased the 1903 Edison Standard Player from you a
It arrived some time ago, and I've been tardy in writing this after
note, but as with the other entries in your customer comments section,
add to the list of folks who successfully received a quality product in
working condition. The packing of this antique was quite detailed; a
a box and packing material everywhere else! The other, smaller items I
also arrived in fine shape. In the end, I'd have to say that this is
hobby going! C.K.,
I just got my machine (graphaphone type B) and I absolutely love it!!
neighbor had never seen one and he couldn't believe the technology in
made. He and my husband were down next to it trying to figure out how
worked and all. I just love the sound of the music and the beauty
machine itself. Thanks again!!! K.R., MS
wanted to thank you for your meticulous professionalism (not to mention
neighborly care) in handling the sale and shipping of the machine...
best... R.B, NC
love the Pathephone #2! It is a wonder. I can't believe
little machine can pack such a punch! The motor is incredibly
strong. The horn is simply magical and matches the overall
the cabinet perfectly... The sound reproduction - so fantastic.
a treasure! M.W., WA
I received the part from your company today and just wanted to say thanks for your assistance and prompt delivery. The Victrola works and sounds great! My only regret is that I only purchased 100 needles. I'm sure I'll be needing more soon. Thanks Again... J.H., MO
The Victor arrived yesterday in perfect condition. I can see it is all in the way it is packed. Thanks much... R.S., WI
the Victrola in excellent condition this morning. My coworkers were
blown away. Thank you so much for the records. My girlfriend and I are
break from fox-trotting around the living room as I'm writing this.
again. R.M., MA
Victor IV arrived yesterday in perfect condition. You did a VERY nice
job on the
restorations. I appreciate the great service I have received; I have
business with others on the net, but none have gone the "extra mile"
as you have when it comes to service and customer satisfaction. Your
truly the best I've ever experienced on the net and I look forward to
business with you in the future. C.L., CA
did a great job getting [the Victor] ready for shipment. THANK YOU SO
I am so pleased with it, it is exactly what I wanted and then some... Funny how these old machines can provide so much joy. I was a bit nervous buying something like this off the internet, but now as I
listen to it play so well, I couldn't be more delighted. Again, thank you so much. E.L., VA
drop a line to say: the gramophone arrived in good shape. I am really
own it, thanks for your good service!
A250 arrived yesterday in perfect shape - what a work of art! You are
master of restoration! The machine plays beautifully, too. My wife was
in awe as I was when she saw it. Thanks again.
received the Victrola yesterday and I am very impressed and very, very
Thank you so much for selling me such a great phonograph. This is my
so it is special. You and Terra Firma made the experience an enjoyable
trustful one and I am most grateful. The packing was fantastic and I
had it up
and running in a few moments!
Pathephone #8 arrived today and I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER! In fact....I
flipped my wig! It is a knock out! I just sat and stared at it. That
was a work of art!
have thoroughly enjoyed your books on phonographs and have found your
be a lifeline as well as an enticement. Being new to the avocation of
vintage phonographs and memorabilia (3yrs.)they have been a beacon for
shedding new light on this fascinating subject. Thank you so much!
to let you know that everything arrived safe and sound. Thanks very
much for the
excellent packing job that you did! I put everything together and I am
happy with the machine. Thank you for a very excellent transaction, I
forward to doing business with you again in the future. I'm going to
close eye on your website for all the latest phonographs you have for
phonograph that I ordered... came in yesterday. I was so happy. It's
I thought, and very easy to operate, and I did keep those instructions
me. I've always wanted one of these machines, and since I'm an antique
this is the first time I ever got a working antique machine, and I
thank you for doing business with you...
arrived safely. My husband is delighted with it and said it was
the best 50th present he could have received. Thank you for everything - it was really well packed and no damage occurred. It plays really well. Thank you for the records also. (from a customer in
a note to let you know that the Pathe' arrived Friday in good shape.
packing was excellent. I assembled it Saturday and played it for the
and I am very pleased with it.
wanted to let you know that that the 1-A arrived in A-1 condition. I
took my time unpacking and assembling it. I am thrilled with this machine.
army phonograph arrived today. It is even more wonderful than I had
you so much.
thought you would like to know, phonograph works well, and the record
that you made was great. I'll probably be ordering more records from
mother really likes the player.
I get this kind of package its like when I was a kid at Christmas.
Going to put
it together soon and try it. It is very nice and we are very pleased
received the Standard Model A a few days ago and have been enjoying it
immensely. As you likened talking machines to "time capsules" in one
of your books, this machine, to me, brings to life that "vanished
society" in all its glory. The meticulous packing was appreciated, as I
am convinced ...YOU ARE THE WORLD'S BEST PACKER.
have been dealing with Tim Fabrizio for nearly 10 years. He is
helping budding collectors to expand their knowledge and interest in
phonographs. He sells the highest quality parts and outstanding
Victrola portable No. 35 arrived (quickly) yesterday. As Anne Baxter
"The Fighting Sullivans": "We think it's pretty wonderful, don't
we, Al?" Reply: "You bet we do!" That's how we feel about this
machine! Thanks for a safe packing!
so much for the information... I've had your Phonophan web site in my
places file for quite some time and visit it often. I think your web
site is the
best I've found regarding phonographs. I'm enjoying your latest two
may recall I purchased an
have been dealing with Tim for many years. I have bought more machines,
and artifacts than I can remember. There is no one who is more
honest, reliable, reasonable and fun to deal with than Tim Fabrizio. He
generous with his time and advice, almost to a fault. To Tim, machines
"merchandise", they are works of art and so he treats them and his
customers with the greatest of care and appreciation. Tim is the best
buying 2 machines from you I wouldn't hesitate to buy more. Your
& prompt shipping are super! Not to mention the superb machines
brother got the
very pleased with the Columbia BI. It sure looks and sounds great!
I received the Victrola parts today. Thank you for your help. All the
had the machine you sold me for a couple of weeks now and have been
it. It's good to hear the old songs again. Amazingly, even my friends
was cool. I went through my records and found that I had over 200 of
them. I got
them all catalogued and still have to clean some of them up. I'm
playing DJ for our seniors at our church when we have our senior
dinner. I know the church is always trying to find some way to
with sing alongs and things. I think they'll get a kick out of hearing
got the horn tonight and I couldn't be more pleased! It is just
really looks great on the machine....... and I mean really great!!!!
can not describe how happy I am with the job you did on the Victrola
Through your skill and expertise you have brought back to life a
of furniture and a piece of musical history. Thanks again for
assure me that there is still a purpose in collecting antique
arrived yesterday. Wonderful condition! Thank you so much. They were
I could have hoped for. I'd rate at E+. Thanks again.
a note to let you know the machine arrived yesterday. It really is a
machine... all the pieces made it without a scratch. Thanks again!
wanted to let you know that I opened and operated the Victrola IV... It
is a fun
little machine... To me, it's more of a marvel than today's high tech
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