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Early Edison Standard Phonograph from 1899


An early, rare phonograph. This one does have the lid, too!

 


The case is lovely and the Thomas Edison screened trademark is as bold as it was well over 100 years ago!

 


Early style reproducer clips and stylus centering arm... you don't see that on later Standards! Available with this Automatic reproducer for $850, or the later upgrade C-reproducer ($650).

 

During the 1890s, Edison was looking for models to offer to the general public, for domestic musical entertainment. He hit a success with the Edison Home Phonograph, introduced in 1896-7 at $40, but still needed a cheaper model for the "masses". With that goal in mind, he launched the Edison Standard Phonograph in 1899. This example, with an earlier case design incorporating 2, not 4, latches to hold on the lid (included with this machine!) is of the first series of this brand new model. This is a superb example, with gorgeous original oak wood, the unique crank to this model, and spectacular 95% gold striping on the bedplate. In fine working condition to play any two-minute wax recording. Priced with a C-reproducer for excellent playback of black wax, and shown with an early model Automatic reproducer for listening to the earliest brown wax records. Complete with operating instructions, an assortment of records, and a 14" replica trumpet horn.


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