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Buy with confidence -- here are unsolicited e-mails from recent customers: Hello Tim, Just to let you know I received the Edison Fireside player on Monday.... right on time. It's sure a beauty!  Just what I've been looking for.  It was so well packed that it took me half an hour to extricate all the bits and pieces and get it set up.  First cylinder I played was "Yankee Doodle Dandy"  by Billy Murray.   Just think, after nearly a hundred years brought back to life on the original player!  Can't help but muse on the miracle it must have been at the turn of the last century. Believe it or not, the power went out here the next day for about 4 hours, so I spent the afternoon in front of the fire, with the Edison Fireside bringing back the old music.  -- M.H., WA

Tim, We received the “Victor E” and it was a huge hit. The kids, my husband and I just loved it. I am not used to buying something so expensive unseen but it was a wonderful experience. My kids are 16 and 12 and into today’s world, when there is free time and computer games are waiting and TV show pre-recorded and ready to watch, it was a wonderful experience to sit as a family and listen to records their great grandmother had collected. Many thanks for your guidance.  Warm regards, S.H., CA



VICTOR "MONARCH" TALKING MACHINE, 1905



This gorgeous Monarch has style coupled with sophisticated mechanics. Equally important is the condition-- superbly restored by experts with more than 50 years experience!  We call your attention to the cheerful, delightful horn -- these precious floral artifacts emerge only rarely in archival condition.  Don't let this one go. Click the image of the Monarch above and see more pictures, get details and price.


A TRUE-LIFE DETECTIVE STORY: THIS EDISON ""HOME" PHONOGRAPH, MODEL "B," WITH CYGNET HORN. 1910-1920, COMES WITH A MYSTERY ATTACHED

Who among us hasn't longed to know the real-life history behind the antiques we collect?  Well, you're in luck -- this instrument comes with its own detective story! The new owner will receive the mystery, and all the evidence and ephemera, a case file pertaining to this Edison Phonograph.  Find out all the facts, see more pictures, learn the mystery -- just click on the image of the Edison Home above.


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VICTOR "IV" SOLID MAHOGANY TALKING MACHINE, 1909


Gorgeous is the only way to describe this charming denizen of the good old days. The appearance and the sound quality are amazing!  Find out why this cheerful Victor IV (Four) is the perfect gift for anyone --- even yourself! Click the image of the Victor IV (Four) above to see more pictures, get info and price.


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VICTOR "III" TALKING MACHINE, 1907


This eye-catching and tuneful Victor III is an icon which delivers the look and sound of the early 1900s. No worries when you buy from phonophan -- just unpack and enjoy! Don't you need a little Old School charm in your home? Click the image of the Victor III (Three) above and see more pictures, get details and price.


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The "ULTIMATE ACQUISITION" -- AN EDISON "OPERA" PHONOGRAPH, 1911


We are privileged to offer some of the finest instruments that Edison made -- and the list is topped by the iconic Opera. Mahogany cabinet, stunning solid mahogany horn, "oxidized" hardware, direct-drive motor, jaw-dropping sound quality -- this is the best of the best. It is the  discreet object of desire for legions of antique lovers. Make it yours! Click on the image of the Opera above to see more pictures, learn all about it and find out the price.


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VICTOR TALKING MACHINE, TYPE "II," 1907


If you're ready to enjoy the appealing technology the turn of the twentieth century, begin here.  Why is this instrument so special?  Click the image of the Victor II (Two) above to find out! See more pictures, get details and price.


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ARETINO TALKING MACHINE, 1907

Looking to brighten the corner where you are?  Contact us and we'll send out this guaranteed happiness-maker!  A genuine antique talking machine to bring you good old-fashioned fun.  Click the image of the Aretino above to see more pictures, get info and price


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"STANDARD DISC TALKING MACHINE," 1909


Have you been wanting a genuine antique phonograph -- NOT one of the crummy fakes flooding the Internet?  And have you wanted a reliable instrument that you can play and not have to worry about getting fixed after you buy it? If yes is the answer, and you also want a reasonable price, then the Standard Disc Model A is for you! Click on the image above to see more pictures, get full details and find out the price.


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AN OUTSTANDING VITAPHONE MODEL "12" TALKING MACHINE, 1914


This instrument is of such fascinating historical significance that it will be featured in a magazine article.  It has not one, but two sagas to relate, quintessentially American stories of tireless striving and invention  --  Click the image above to read the wonderful stories attached to this instrument of great rarity and technical sophistication. Get the details and the price.


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VICTOR "MONARCH SPECIAL" WITH CARVED OAK CABINET, 1903


The Victor MS was the ultimatein talking machines, circa 1902-03. And guess what?  It's STILL pretty amazing.  Smooth-running, great-sounding.  Find out why this delightful model has enraptured and enchanted generations of enthusiasts. Click the image of the Victor MS above to see more pictures, get info and price.


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RAREST OF THE RARE: COLUMBIA COIN-OPERATED GRAPHOPHONE TYPE "BS(P)," 1899


The term "rare" has been thrown around like confetty for years. Take a look at eBay -- practically everything is "rare." Unfortunately, this has a tendency to spoil it for objects of true rarity. Some shlock sellers make exaggeration a science. So, you may ask "what's so unusual about this instrument?" -- and you're correct to ask.  You may have seen the designation Graphophone Type "BS" before, but WHAT is a "BS(P)"?  This designation has not appeared before because the rarity of this machine has never brought it forward, and we have stepped in to bring it into sharp focus.  CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE to get the full story, read details, see more pictures and learn the price.



More praise for phonophan, from February 2021:

I have to thank you with my utmost sincerity for this beautiful talking machine!  I don’t even know where to start to really convey my thanks, but it is with certainty that I say you are, as always, so true to your word.  This I can tell not only in your descriptions on the website, and from all of your correspondence that helped me decide to make the purchase, but from the moment I unpacked the shipping box.  I was completely struck by the pristine restoration work you did on the machine.  You have a remarkable craftsmanship and you take precise and loving care of your machines.  E.Z., Canada

From March 2020, this email from a customer:

Just wanted to thank you so much for the Victor II phonograph.  It is nothing short of AMAZING!!  That crazy contraption plays LOUD with the medium tone needles.  I can't believe how incredibly well it plays with the simple, non-electric technology employed!! Thank you for your time and wonderful phonograph!!  Stay well, please!!  J.O., WA


From February 2018, we share this email from FB in Australia:

Hi Tim. ...It truly is a beautiful little machine and it is suited to my collection perfectly. I continue to believe you supply the best quality in talking machines in the world, without a doubt. In many instances with some of the unique machines that you turn up it’s well worth the... shipping costs and foreign exchange costs because authenticity is absolutely everything which only you seem to provide. Thanks Tim for another wonderful machine.

From April 2016, we share this note from our client R.S. in TN:

Hi Tim, packages arrived yesterday... First off, when I unpacked the cabinet, my eyes almost popped out of my head: the photos on your website do not even remotely do justice to the restoration. I own many fine antiques and know what I'm looking at, and it is some of the finest woodwork restoration that I have ever seen. 

I first played one of the 78's you sent with a loud tone needle and the first thing I noticed was--it's loud! I was also surprised by the fidelity; I was expecting a lot more distortion, but the sound is remarkably clean. Having established that I could spin a record on this machine without ruining either the record or the machine itself, I then put on my one truly valuable acoustic 78: Enrico Caruso singing "O sole mio." His distinctive clarion sound filled the room as if he had been there in person.

Thanks for this truly magnificent wayback machine. It both looks and sounds wonderful. 

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I UNDERSTAND WHAT A "CYLINDER" RECORD IS BECAUSE OF ITS DISTINCTIVE APPEARANCE. BUT WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A "78," A "33" AND A "45" FLAT DISC RECORD?

The instruments we sell are NON-ELECTRIC and play "78 rpm" records. These records were made between 1900 and 1960 and represent a WIDE range of music, primarily popular hits, but also blues, jazz, classical, Operatic may be found. "78s" were pressed from SHELLAC.

"33"s (actually 33 1/3 rpm records) arrived MUCH later and they play on more modern electric Hi Fi or Stereo sets. "33"s are pressed from vinyl. No antique phonograph is can play a "33."

"45"s were introduced about the same time as "33"s, and they also play on electric Stereo sets. "45"s are pressed from vinyl.


More unsolicited comments:  

"Hi Tim, I've been remiss in waiting so long to update you on the machines... They arrived in excellent condition, and assembly was a breeze!... Anyway, my first opportunity to truly enjoy our old 78s was while entertaining friends over dinner last weekend - very appropriately, they were a professor of music and his wife stopping over Singapore on their way home to Melbourne, Australia from celebrating their anniversary in Paris, both about our age; also our kids and their piano teacher. I put on the first record before they arrived to savour a private moment of being transported into my past by the familiar "snap-crackle-pop" of needle on disc. During the evening,  we enjoyed together as much the ritual of playing records as the music from a bygone era - Victor Silvester and his orchestra - and I could see the thrill especially in our children's eyes!... [Your] books I have placed in my study, with one on my desk for reading in-between work. I keep visiting your website to see what you have on offer (and to regret some of the lovely machines I missed)."  I.B., Singapore

"Mr Fabrizio: I received the little Amberola today. I can truthfully say that I have never seen an antique phonograph as mint as this one. It plays great , and the wood grain is beautiful. I have never seen a packaging job this good too! Opening it was like conducting an archaeological dig. Thanks again!"  C.W., AL

"Tim, I wanted to tell you how thrilled I am to have purchased the Edison player from you. It's a beautiful machine. It's everything you said it was. The sound is incredible. I wake up in the morning and put a cylinder on and enjoy. Thank you so much for all your help. I look forward to making another purchase from you in the near future." G.C., MD


Hi, Tim!
I bought a Victor victrola from you on wednesday and it is standing now in all its glory in my living room! My husband, Adam, loved it!!! Thank you sooo much for shipping it right away!! The sound is unbelievable, it literally takes you to another time dimension and it makes everything seem beautifully poetic! Thanks again for being so helpful and taking so much time to help me find the perfect gift! Hope to buy again from your store soon!  M.V., NJ

  How our clients feel:   

The Victor MS with spear tip horn arrived early Christmas eve, and I couldn’t be happier.  Of course I had to open it early;  Your machines are always packed with as much care as an Egyptian pharos mummy, and unwrapping it takes an afternoon in itself.  Just cutting into the box, and then getting that first whiff of furniture polish and machine oil brought a tear to my eye and had me shaking with anticipation. After assembly I could only stand back and marvel at just how beautiful it is.  A true work of art, it makes my Victor VI look anemic.  The way your artisans matched  the new finish on the case with the old on the horn is nothing short of genius.  And it sounds just as sweet as it is aesthetic. Many thanks for another fabulous machine, and my best to you this new year,   -- J.H., OR

Got it today... WHAT a nice Machine! I'm very happy. It was worth every dime and then some. It's a great restoration. I restore classic German cars for a living and I can certainly appreciate the workmanship. Even my WIFE thinks it's cute... and that, my friend, is saying something. -- G.S.,  OR

My Edison GEM cylinder phonograph arrived today as promised, and I just could not be any happier. Your packing was perfect, and the GEM plays like, well, a gem! I'm so glad I decided to purchase from you instead of taking my chances on eBay. The restoration work you did was astonishing, and was obviously performed with care and respect. The player is mechanically perfect and retains all of the charm that it has earned over its 98 year lifetime. Honestly, this is one of my best purchases ever!  -- G.N.,  TN

I just wanted to tell you how pleased I am with my Victor. 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.

 

"Ok - you're right - I don't need a new needle... I was about to send it in to another company for something that wasn't even wrong!  You're the only one that challenged whether or not I needed that piece!  Thank you." - J. H.

"I got the machine today in wonderful shape. It's really beautiful. It was delivered to my office, where I set it up and put a record on it - Elvis "That's All Right" 1955. I didn't realize how loud it would be. In about 20 seconds there was a dance party in the hallway. We followed that with the flip side - "Blue Moon of Kentucky" (original version, of course!) We made it through a Billie Holiday and a Tex Ritter before my secretary put a stop to our fun." - R.C.

"Thank you for the info and advice. You could have snowed me into buying a replacement, instead, you told me the truth. It is much appreciated." -J.


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