1904 Victor E Phonograph W/Matching Wood Horn & Stunning
Item History and Pricing
Here's a gorgeous 1904 Victor E phonograph with an equally gorgeous smooth-sided oak horn.
I'll try to let the pictures speak for themselves, but as you can see, the condition of the phonograph is excellent, close to mint, including the cabinet finish, which is original. Back-bracket enamel is original and clean, and the decorations on the back-bracket are original and nearly perfect. Back-bracket mounting bolts are original and clean. Cabinet molding is in excellent condition, as you can see, and none of it is missing. Motor and gearing are original to the phonograph, and the motor is clean and properly lubricated.
All of the nickel-plating is original, including the plating on the crank.
The later made oak horn -- a perfect match for the phonograph in terms of both size and hue -- was built by renown hornsmith Don Gfell in Milan, Ohio. Its wood surfaces are smooth, its colorful Nipper decal is flawless, and the rim of its bell is perfectly round. The horn's nozzle fits snugly into the nickel-plated elbow.
The phonograph runs great and needs nothing to be enjoyed immediately. The reproducer sounds really good -- incredibly dynamic -- and the machine has no trouble making it through records without running out of steam or changing pitch.
Like the beautiful Columbia BH phonograph I'm listing elsewhere on ebay this week, this Victor E is the perfect size for just about any kind of room, and any kind of surface. Small enough to fit on a shelf, but large enough to anchor an end table. Base measures approximately 12" x 12" x 7". The phonograph and small parts will be shipped in one package. The horn will be shipped in another package.
Please review all the pictures and consider them an integral part of the description.
I'll include with the phonograph an early, acoustically recorded Victor 78 RPM record, and if you get tired of listening to it, there are plenty of other titles available on ebay and elsewhere. Hundreds of early them show up on ebay on a weekly basis, and they typically sell just a few dollars each. If you're not already familiar with how to operate an early disc phonograph, don't worry. I'll provide you with simple, easy to understand set-up instructions, so you'll be able to use it shortly after you unpack it.
I've been selling and shipping antiquephonographs, antique radios and antique scientific apparatus for morethan 25 years. When you purchase an antique phonograph from me, you'llreceive a phonograph that arrives safely because it's been carefullypacked (by me, not by some well-intentioned butnonetheless confounded, doe-eyed teenager working at the UPS store whowouldn't know a phonograph from a farm tool), and you'll receive aphonograph that includes thorough but easy-to-understand set-up andoperating instructions, so you won't be left scratching your head,trying to figure out how it works. Sure, you can probably get a lowerprice from Joe and Janet Barn-Find, but when your "bargain" arrivesbroken, and without any hint of how it works or how you might be able toput it back together, you'll realize that you really do get exactlywhat you pay for.That's about it. I will carefully prep everything for shipping and pack everything carefully and properly.
If you're bidding from overseas, please contact me in advance for a shipping quote. The phonograph will need to be shipped in multiple packages, and it cannot be shipped to some countries. Therefore, I will need to confirm my ability to ship it to you before you place a bid. Auction participants with no prior feedback or with hidden feedback should contact me before placing a bid.
That's about it. Buyer prepays and includes shipping.
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