Where does one start to describe this icon of recorded sound? The design is well-thought-out in myriad ways-- start with the convenient hole in the lid which allows the horn to be placed on the machine when the lid is in place. Continue with the fluid playing system, whereby the record tracks UNDER a stationary reproducer -- thus transmitting none of the mechanical rumble from the carriage to the reproducer. Furthermore, this instrument has been given a first rate restoration -- every detail has been attended. We removed every single component from this instrument and scrupulously cleaned, polished. adjusted, tweaked and tuned up. It runs smoothly and steadily, and reproduces music sweetly. The Opera was manufactured in mahogany and oak. Of the two, the oak instrument is by far the rarest. For every five mahogany machines, there is one of oak.
As noted, a great innovation of the Opera was the ability to keep the horn on the instrument when the lid was in place -- thus eliminating the problem that cylinder Phonographs had experienced, of where to store the horn. A convenient hole in the lid of the cabinet allows the horn to be kept up and out of the way.
Our brown enamel perfectly replicates the elusive original color of the mechanical works. Many people have attempted unsuccessfully to match the Opera enamel, but our 4-step process produces a marvelous likeness. If you could see some of the horrifyingly bad attempts to match this color we've encountered over the years from other people, you'd laugh -- or maybe cry. The gilt decorations, too, have been expertly rendered. The reproducer is a Diamond "A," which is excellent for playing Blue Amberol records. The record tracks UNDER the stylus, unlike 99% of all other cylinder phonographs. This was a return to the original design Edison had envisioned when he invented the Phonograph. It even has a built-in automatic stop!
The following images show our assiduous attention to detail. As part of the restoration process, some components that were damaged or missing had to be repaired or replaced. When it is necessary to replace a part, we make sure it is done in the most accurate way. NO "short cuts" at phonophan. Over the years, we have had the misfortune to see the "slap-dash" doll-ups of other dealers. At phonophan everything is CORRECT.
The large gear cover (on the extreme left) is a perfect, historically correct replica. The "post" that supports the horn and reproducer has been meticulously replaced. The wooden bell of the horn is a hand-made copy, constructed by a friend of ours who has devoted his life to re-creating perfect replicas of wooden horns. The "elbow" (goose neck) of the horn is original.
"Oxidized" hardware was immensely popular at the time, and the Opera featured many elements in this quaint finish. The oak version was an interesting mix of both oxidized and conventionally nickel-plated components. Since the oak Opera shared some of the parts of the Edison Triumph, this fascinating dichotomy occurred.
Inside the lid of the Opera, the hole that allows the horn to be put on when the lid is in place, is always surrounded by this ring of green felt.
The quartersawn oak horn bell is a masterful replica, handcrafted by a man who has dedicated his life to flawlessly recreating wooden horns. The wooden bell is so historically correct, it even includes the proper decals.
The metal elbow of the horn is ORIGINAL, and we have wood-grained it, precisely as it was done at the factory.
Edison developed DIRECT GEAR DRIVE for the Opera -- no belts to slip or break.
The Edison Opera Phonograph -- at the top of Phonograph pyramid -- and THIS one represents the ultimate in quality, workmanship and PLAYABILITY! An exceptional instrument in every way.
Price: $4650.00, with five Blue Amberol cylinder records, plus shipping and handling. (NY State residents must pay sales tax, if applicable.)
US Post: PHONOPHAN
PO Box 747
Henrietta, NY 14467 USA
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