27 Jan 2014

How much is a Working Condition Thomas Edison Phonograph?

A wonderful collector’s piece, a working condition Edison phonograph is also a marvel of technology from a different time. With several different models available from antique dealers and private collectors alike, there is quite a range of prices for collectors of every walk of life.

Oak Edison Opera Antique Phonograph

Oak Edison Opera Antique Phonograph

This stunning piece features the original lid, wood horn, and elbow as well as the oxidized Diamond-A reproducer. The bedplate has been recently repainted and striped along with the front cabinet and horn decals in order to restore it. Still fully functional, this phonograph runs smoothly and quietly and would make a fantastic addition to any collection or home. Price: $7499 + shipping

Vintage Edison Amberola Phonograph with Oak Cabinet
Vintage Edison Amberola Phonograph

This wonderful, working piece of history is in very good condition and comes with 95 blue and black cylinders including: #1334: The Village Gossips with Cal Stewart;#1538: Tell Mother I’ll Be There;#1543: Red Wing;#1550: Casey Jones;#1560: The Preacher and The Bear; and many, many more. Encased in an oak cabinet, this phonograph is sure to liven up your next part with the classic sound and music of a different time. Price: $2000 + shipping

Pristine Edison Home 2/4 Cylinder Phonograph
Pristine Edison Home 2/4 Cylinder Phonograph

With its original pinstriping, bed back, and top-works intact, this 2/4 minute combination cylinder phonograph is a great purchase. Boasting of a strong, quiet motor and museum quality finishes, it has been retuned for better performance but features accurate modern reproductions of replaced parts. The oak case has been refinished using the same materials and techniques originally used. Price: $1611 + shipping

Antique Edison Home Phonograph
Antique Edison Home Phonograph

A slightly less expensive version of the above, this phonograph is made of Tiger Oak and comes with one disk. The motor runs strong and the reproducer has a needle in place so it is currently functional but the seller notes that the needle may need replacing in order to get better sound. Still, at $1300 + shipping it may be worth the effort to fix up. Comes with original horn.

Edison Gem Model A Phonograph and Horn
Edison Gem Model A Phonograph and Horn

A bargain model for those who want to add a touch of class to their home without breaking the bank, this phonograph eschews the oak encasing of the other models for pure functionality. Featuring a lovely GEM decal on the front as well as accurately reproduced horn and crank mechanisms, it is a 2 minute phonograph with a final patent date of May 31, 1898. Comes with oak travel case. Price: $875 + shipping

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