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Columbia Q cylinder phonograph


Here is the set-up. Lots of folks like the Columbia Q because of its fun, small size and relative scarcity.

 


Another view of the front, showing the simple but effective motor.

 


This bedplate has its lovely floral decoration and COLUMBIA label.

 


The metal parts are in nice original condition and all the usually-missing parts are... present!

 


The banner on the case announces this is a product of the Columbia Graphophone factory.

 


Even the decal on the rear of the case attests to the multiple awards won by this little guy. The latest award, 1906, shows that this an unusually late Columbia Q.

 

The Columbia Q, a five dollar phonograph (more with wooden case!) introduced in the 1890s, was a hugely popular item and really gave Thomas Edison a run for his money. The Edison Gem phonograph - at $7.50 to $10 - was still too expensive for some folks, and Columbia had just the right idea. Sell a cheap phonograph and you'll sell lots of records in the future. As a result of their cheap design and low-end clientele, few Columbia Qs have survived, and those that have are in rough condition, having been used and abused. This example, however, is in about as nice shape as they're seen... the bedplate retains its enamel decoration, the oak case and decal are superb, and even the mandrel end-plate is present. Of course, works fine, complete with its original reproducer, records, and a replica 10" horn.


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