Edison Amberola 30 – Very Early Production Number
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Edison Amberola 30 – Very Early Production Number Picture(s) and Description:
If you're looking here you are most likely already familiar with the Edison Amberola. First introduced around 1909, the Amberola went through several modications before the Amberola 30 made it's debut around 1915. Even within the Amberola 30 line there were modifications made to the gear cover, reproducer and even gold-leaf striping on the earlier models as some 300,000 were produced. What is being listed here is one of the earliest of the Amberola 30 line I have seen. It's serial number is 1336 which dates this unit to 1915-1916. And this unit works flawlessly! This unit has been examined and appears to be correct and original with very few (and noted here) exceptions. Beginning with the bedplate - everything is correct and in place, right down to the original gold-leaf striping on the plate and gear cover. The gear cover has the correct external speed-adjuster. The reproducer is the early nickel version with brass connector to the horn. The sound from this ultra-early reproducer is superb! The spring is strong and solid and easily provides enough power to play up to TWO 4-minute Amberols. The case is in exceptional shape for a unit 90+ years old. I have noted, however, that at some point a minor repair was made to the vaneer on one side. You can see the repair in the photos. Additionally the lid has a minor flaw on one edge. There are eBay'ers out here who specialize in Amberola Cabinet refurbishing if that is your desire. Other collectors much-prefer the original untampered-with units. The only other sign of repair I see in this unit is that the top grill has been repainted and the front grill, like virtually every other Amberola 30 still around is missing the original cloth covering and has been repainted. The corners of the unit are solid as is the base of the cabinet. The rubber feet on the bottom of the cabinet appear to be replacements but are the exact size, shape and style as the originals. So why am I parting with this very early and beautifully-working machine? Because now that I have a child I have to let go of some of the toys to buy diapers..lol The person who wins this auction will receive the unit packaged correctly.. The reproducer will be removed and packed separately, the carriage assembly will be secured, the spring will be in its unwound state and the crank will be removed and packed separately as well. The top and front grills will be removed and wrapped separate. This is a part of our American history, I want to ensure (and insure) that it arrives safely. The pictures were taken on July 8, 2011. I have a video of the unit playing. If you'd like to see it please contact me through "Contact Seller" and leave me your email address. I will send you the file. (I cannot seem to find how to upload the vidoe here) I am offering this piece "As-Is" without warranty and returns are not accepted unless I have obviously mis-represented the appearance or condition of the unit - which I have not. I quick review of my 100% rating should tell you I'm an honest eBay'er. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE ASK BEFORE YOU BID. Shipping will be the actual shipping charge to your address and I will send you an invoice for the purchase price plus shipping at the end of the auction. PAYPAL only. International bidders - please contact me before bidding so I can give you the shipping charge you can expect to pay. There is no reserve. Bid to win.. this is an extraordinary piece. Good luck!