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EDISON OPERA PHONOGRAPH
Where does one start to describe this icon of recorded sound? The design is well-thought-out in myriad ways-- start with the convenient aperture 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.
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, most of it has been hand-done, which is exactly how they did ikt at the Edison factyory. There is a choice of reproducers, as detailed later. 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!
As noted, most of the gold decoration is done by hand, and this meticulously matches the hand work of Edison artists. Consider the fact that this instrument is composed of dozens of components, including many tiny screws -- we removed every piece and part of the mechanism, and individually hand cleaned and calibrated each one, a huge undertaking. The result is a machine that is literally factory fresh. Compare that to what you get from other sellers (regardless of what they say) -- from them you get a couple squirts of WD40!
A very early example of the iconic Opera -- serial number 664.
"Oxidized" hardware was immensely popular at the time, and the Opera featured many elements in this quaint finish. The convenient handles make trans[porting this relatively heavy instrument a breeze. For this reason, the lid does not latch to the lower cabinet. This factor makes removing and replacing the lid very convenient.
We have not only painstakingly preserved the solid mahogany horn, we deftly grain-painted the horn elbow.
Our historically scrupulous restoration includes these flawless decals. A friend of ours has devoted his retirement to producing replica decals, applied under the finish like the originals, that literally cannot be distinguished from the originals.
We are pleased to give you a choice of reproducers. Shown here, in "oxidized" finish to match the other hardware, is the rare Model "L." This reproducer will play any 4-minute cylinder record. Thsat includes Edisons finely-recorded "wax" Amberols (in the green boxes). Of course, the sound that is produced is extraordinary -- we have rebuilt and adjusted the reproducers skillfully. Also available is a Diamond "A" reproducer, with oxidized finish and genuine diamond stylus suitable for playing the popular Edison Blue Amberol records, or any other celluloid (early plastic) 4-minute cylinder.
Edison developed DIRECT GEAR DRIVE for the Opera -- no belts to slip or break. At phonophan we sell only the finest. We replaced both mainsprings, so that the instrument has been brought back to literally "like new."
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: $5250.00, equipped with the rare Model "L" reproducer, with five Blue Amberol cylinder records, plus shipping and handling. (NY State residents must pay sales tax, if applicable.)
Price: $4950.00, equipped with a Diamond Model "A" reproducer, with five Blue Amberol cylinder records, plus shipping and handling. (NY State residents must pay sales tax, if applicable.)
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PO Box 747
Henrietta, NY 14467 USA
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