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Scarce Columbia AB "MacDonald" dual cylinder player


Imagine, the ability to play Concert/Grand and Standard records in one phonograph! The allure then and now!

 


Closer up, the 10" nickel horn, aluminum reproducer and the works.

 


Note the clean bedplate and motor mounts, and the speed control, on/off and mandrel conrtrols.

 


 


The slip--on mandrel is nice and clean aluminum. Many of these are reproductions, but we believe this one to be an uncommon ORIGINAL!

 


Now, with the turn of a key, you are in the Standard record playing position!

 


Another view of the top, with Standard record in place.

 


The case has its original finish with all the expected patina for a machine over 100 years old.

 


This banner is a knockout 99%! You will see very few "MacDonald" banners nicer than this one!

 


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The Columbia model AB was a $25 Graphophone, and in 1898 was the cheapest Grand/Concert (5") cylinder player on the market. Although priced competitively and able to play both the standard and 5" diameter records, the AB was not a hot seller, and today estimates are between 150-200 of these phonographs are in existence. Thus, this model has a lot of allure with modern collectors, who call it the "MacDonald" model for the name of the motor designer at the Columbia factory. This example is in super nice condition, and comes with a Grand and Standard record to play right away. Original parts, finish, decal, etc., and ready for your fine collection.


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