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Re: Value of antique Edioson record player?
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2017, 06:25:56 PM »
Very cool.  I like your modded cabinets better than the original Edison, too. 

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Re: Value of antique Edioson record player?
« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2017, 09:52:15 PM »
Thanks. They were a labor of love, to be sure.
After I posted the last time, I listened to my Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday 78 collection (probably twelve 10" singles, 24 sides, between them) through a period correct system (Audrey).  Gotta say, pretty nice. Billie singing Gotta Right to Sing the Blues and Stormy Weather mmm, mmm.... I might need to heat the house up tomorrow morning with some tube glow.

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Re: Value of antique Edioson record player?
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2018, 03:03:49 PM »
They don't go for all that much, unless in exquisite condition; then still not as much as you'd think.
Record killers, imo.
I have a *ton of pristine 78's (*literal - probably multiples).  I built a dedicated player for them from "more modern" equipment; meaning early 50's electronics, with a lighter tracking tonearm/cartridge combo.
The windup feature, while fun at first, won't be fun for all that long. Its nice to throw a power switch, and then run a constant speed.

It's for vertical grooves.  Notice how the reproducer element is rotated 90 degrees compared to the more familiar victorola and Columbia machines?  "Regular" 78s don't play on it and will get ruined because the reproducer is meant to move in the wrong plane.  And Edison discs (which were 80 rpm) will get destroyed on a standard lateral phonograph.  They also won't play on a modern turntable unless you use a stereo cartridge and cross-wire it.

This is not quite beta/vhs as someone mentioned.  Rather, there were many slightly different acoustic record formats -- different speeds, different groove widths, of course different record diameters, different sized center holes, vertical vs. lateral, all to attempt to get around other people's patents with essentially the same basic technology.  And this was true among both flat discs and cylinder formats.

The Edison cylinder finally failed as a pre-recorded music format during the depression.  (It continued to be used for office dictation until after WWII when tape came along.  But Victor also failed during the depression.  RCA then bought Victor and some years later switched branding to RCA-Victor.  Radio in the 20s was the internet of the 90s.


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Re: Value of antique Edioson record player?
« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2018, 07:21:48 PM »
They don't go for all that much, unless in exquisite condition; then still not as much as you'd think.
Record killers, imo.
I have a *ton of pristine 78's (*literal - probably multiples).  I built a dedicated player for them from "more modern" equipment; meaning early 50's electronics, with a lighter tracking tonearm/cartridge combo.
The windup feature, while fun at first, won't be fun for all that long. Its nice to throw a power switch, and then run a constant speed.

It's for vertical grooves.  Notice how the reproducer element is rotated 90 degrees compared to the more familiar victorola and Columbia machines?  "Regular" 78s don't play on it and will get ruined because the reproducer is meant to move in the wrong plane.  And Edison discs (which were 80 rpm) will get destroyed on a standard lateral phonograph.  They also won't play on a modern turntable unless you use a stereo cartridge and cross-wire it.

This is not quite beta/vhs as someone mentioned.  Rather, there were many slightly different acoustic record formats -- different speeds, different groove widths, of course different record diameters, different sized center holes, vertical vs. lateral, all to attempt to get around other people's patents with essentially the same basic technology.  And this was true among both flat discs and cylinder formats.

The Edison cylinder finally failed as a pre-recorded music format during the depression.  (It continued to be used for office dictation until after WWII when tape came along.  But Victor also failed during the depression.  RCA then bought Victor and some years later switched branding to RCA-Victor.  Radio in the 20s was the internet of the 90s.

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Re: Value of antique Edioson record player?
« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2018, 02:03:10 AM »
Thanks.  I was here years ago, back when NJB3 and MD were state of the art, but got out of taping for a while.
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Re: Value of antique Edioson record player?
« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2018, 09:22:29 AM »
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