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Columbia BI "Sterling" phonograph with 9-panel nickel horn


The Columbia BI is a cornerstone item in the finest of phonograph collections.

 


The cabinet on this phonograph has been nicely refinished to a medium brown that shows off the lovely tiger-striping of the grain. The original decal has been replaced with an appropriate THE GRAPHOPHONE logo.

 


The needle clamp is an easy-to-use feature of this phonograph, and the tone-arm carries the music loud and clear. We'll include an album of records and plenty of needles with this phonograph for your enjoyment!

 


Here is the left side of the case.

 


Back bracket is in average condition with minor wear to the nickel plated iron.

 


The turntable on this BI was fitted with a turntable dust ring, to help keep the motor clean and running smooth. The turntable dust ring is just another touch of class Columbia put into this higher-end machine.

 


The motor on this machine has been rebuilt and the troublesome fiber gear replaced. The motor runs nice and smoothly.

 


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The Columbia BI was a higher-end disc phonograph that was tough competition for the Victor company. Made of golden oak with fancy curved corner columns, this model had a number of elegant features not offered on the Victor product: carrying handle, turntable dust ring, and reproducer needle clamp. The horn is a nickel-plated petal horn in average condition with only mild wear to the panels. The horn is otherwise unbent and undinged and presents very well. Turntable felt has likely been replaced, case is refinished with a new GRAPHOPHONE decal. Motor has been rebuilt and lubricated and is powerful enough to play several records at a time.


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