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Edison Standard Model A, Early Square Top

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Description

Introduced in March 1898. This early model known as the "Square Top Standard" sports an early automatic reproducer and probably dates before 1900 when the more familiar "new style" cabinet was introduced with the more familiar rounded case with domed lid. It cost about $20. It plays two minute cylinders.


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Edison Gem Model D

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Description

The Gem was introduced in 1899. This model D dates from about 1908. This combination machine has a model K reproducer which can be alternated to play both two and four minute records. It sold for $15 in this configuration.


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Edison Fireside Model A, Sn. 1941

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Description

Introduced in July 1909 this particular machine is very early based on the low serial number and pin striped bed plate which is rarely seen.


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Edison Fireside Model A, Sn. 44181

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Description

The high serial number and more common indicates that this is a later issue machine but with the standard red Fireside horn probably left the factory in 1911 or 1912.


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Edison Home Model B Sn. 241339

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Description

The Model B came out in October 1905. Usually found with a banner front, this one may have been re-cased later and was upgraded with the cygnet horn and large carriage accommodate the model O and later the Diamond B reproducer.


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Edison Home Model D Sn. 387841D

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Description

The Model D was introduced in October 1908 and played 2&4 minute records with accompanying Models C & H reproducers.


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Edison Triumph Model A

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Description

Introduced in the Spring of 1901 and offered in this banner front case probably until about July 1906 when it was replaced with the Model B.


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Edison Triumph Model E

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Description

The Model E Triumph was introduced in September 1910. It has a triple spring motor and the model O two and four minute reproducer fitted into a new large carrier arm carrying the reproducer across the top of the mandrel instead of at a 45 degree angle as the earlier models had. It sold for $65 with the black metal 11 panel cygnet horn as shown here. The optional oak music master horn would have increased the price by $10, to $75.


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Edison Ideal

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Description

Essentially a heavily embellished Triumph, the Ideal was introduced in October 1907 at a whopping $125. The name was changed to Idelia within a couple of months to address with trademark issues. It could be upgraded with two/four minute gearing starting in 1908 and with the large carrier arm and O reproducer after September 1910. A cygnet horn would have also been available from 1908. The owner of this machine however opted to upgrade to the two and four minute gearing and large carrier arm but kept the original straight Ideal horn and crane.


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Edison Opera

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Description

The Opera was introduced in late 1911. This was the top of the line Edison horned phonograph of the time. It sold for $100 with the matching mahogany music master horn, was fitted with a moldel L saphire reproducer for paying four minute wax amberol records or later the Model A diamond reproducer for the celluloid blue amberol cylinders. It could not play two minute records.


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Edison School Phonograph

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Description

Released in December 1912 at $75 and available through 1914 for School usage, the school machine sold in very small numbers and is sought after today.


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Edison Amberola 1A, First style in Oak

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Description

Introduced in December 1909 this one has some special non-standard features like the gently closing lid support and spiral crank, most likely not coming from the factory.


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Edison Amberola 1A First style in Mahogany

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Description

The Amberola 1A, first 500 or so in this cabinet with Lyre grill came out in 1909 priced at a whopping $200!


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Edison Amberola 1A, Second Style in Oak

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Description

This second cabinet style with the first version of the Rococo grill appeared in 1910.


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Edison Amberola 1A, Third Style in Oak

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Description

Note that this third style cabinet, very late, has a gun metal finish on the mandrel instead of being oxidized. This is very unusual.


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Edison Amberola III

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Description

Introduced in August 1912. Like the Amberola 1B above, it would have been offered first with the model L and later the diamond A reproducer. Priced at $125.


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Edison A150 in Oak

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Description

One of the first of the "new Edison disc phonographs" introduced in about April 1914 at a price of $150, this was the only disc phonograph carry the oxidised bronze diamond disc reproducer. It utilised the same cabinet as the Amberola III cylinder machine.


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Edison A250 in Mahogany Circa 1912-1912

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The A250 cost $250 new in 1912. This one in mahogany has various features which indicate it was one of the last of the run, probably manufactured in late 1914. About 10,000 of these were made.


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Edison A300 "New Renaissance"

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Introduced in late 1912, this is one of the first Edison disc phonographs, probably one of th first 25 of the type made. It was fitted into the cabinet of the Amberola I. It sold for a whopping $300 in 1912. Some interesting things about this machine: The cabinet was fitted for an Amberola I mechanism and according to Edison factory memos was retrofitted to accomodate the "new disc mechanism". The bottom record drawer was designed to fit 12 inch diamond disc records even though except for sample records and the much later Edison long play records, (1926), Edison never produced a 12 inch disc. Howeve in late 1912 it was anticipated that they would market 12 inch discs.


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Edison W250 William & Mary

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Description

Introduced in 1916, based on serial number, this was produced in that year.


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Edison Chippendale C19

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Description

First came out as the C250 in about 1915. Updated with new standardized disc mechanism and released in this version in 1919.


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Edison Chalet

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Introduced about 1921 mainly to help sell more discs.