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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
received the “Victor E” and it was a huge hit. The
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
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
Warm regards, S.H., CA
AN EXTRAORDINARY EDISON "OPERA" PHONOGRAPH, RARE IN OAK, 1912
The restoration of this instrument is mind-bogglingly beautiful. A knock-out! Don't buy a ragged, mutilated Edison monstrosity from an inept amateur. Buy from phonophan, and get the finest Edison you've ever seen! Click the image of the Edison Opera Phonograph above to see more pictures, get full details and price.
COLUMBIA DISC GRAPHOPHONE, TYPE "BH," 1909
Have you been waiting to find the "perfect" antique talking machine for you? How about this beautiful, tuneful and reasonably-priced Disc Graphophone? Click the image of the BH Disc Graphophone above to see more pictures, get full details and price.
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VICTOR "II" TALKING MACHINE WITH RARE FLOWER HORN, 1908
The Victor II (Two) with rare, optional Hawthorne & Sheble flower horn is an iconic artifact of ancient analog amusement! Just the right size for your home, and ready to fill your life with joyful music! Just click the image of the Victor II above and see more pictures, get all the facts and find out the price.
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A GORGEOUS VICTOR "IV" TALKING MACHINE, 1908
The Victor "IV" (Four) is an instrument that is suited to playing any 78rpm record, and playing it effortlessly. It has a powerful motor, a loud, clear soundbox, and an extra large sized flower horn -- all wrapped up in a pretty package. Click the image of the Victor IV above and see more pictures, get details and price.
VICTOR "III" TALKING MACHINE, 1909
Have you been waiting for just the RIGHT Victor talking machine to come along? THIS IS IT. It plays great, looks great, and has had the experience of 47 years put into restoring and calibrating it. Just click the image of the Victor III (Three) above and see more pictures, get details and price.
THIS ITEM IS SOLD
RARE AND HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT ZONOPHONE "HOME" TALKING MACHINE, 1903
This instrument seems to have emerged from a story-book version of the history of recorded sound -- with its wedding-cake cabinet, sweeping lines and little brass-bell horn perched high. In fact, it does have a story to tell, in every feature of it, an interesting and important story. A history lesson in charming disguise. Just click the image of the Zonophone above and see more pictures, get all the facts and find out the price.
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
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
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.
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
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
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. --
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.