North American Phonograph Company
CLASS M - Early Style
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Firstly I do consider myself very lucky to have been able to acquire this very special phonograph with a rich history in the Australian Mining Outback. The machine is reported to have come from Kalgoorlie a Mining town in Western Australia. It sat in a collection in Western Australia for 40 years and I thank that collector who kindly allowed me to add it to my collection.
The large swarf drawer and the tiny thumb screws on the carriage are replacements. Every other part on the machine is original and retain their ORIGINAL finish.
Build date: 1893 - Yes it does work!!
Some things to note about the machine:
- Standard speaker is the early type with pins on the carriage and the reproducer to ensure that it can only remain in the PLAY position when Listening tubes were attached. It would only remain in the RECORDING position when the talking tube was attached.
The shaver is an early incarnation with a cylinder thickness gauge that soon disappeared.