Edison Home Phonograph Model A - First Version



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The Home Phonograph proved to be one of the most enduring of Edison machines.

A version with clockwork motor was introduced in 1896, but saw only limited success because it was underpowered. The first of the familiar Home models entered production around late 1896, and continued in recognizable form through the Model F machinery of 1913.

The design with mandrel and feed screw on a single axis took its cue from the early Edison electrics and the Edison Spring Motor. Freed of the constraint of electric batteries, the Home model could indeed be placed in every home, and priced at around $40 it enjoyed good sales both domestically and on the European continent.

This version of the Home phonograph was succeeded by the New Style case of 1901.


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Note the brass mandrel, indicating that this machine dates to early in the production run. This machine is running with an Automatic reproducer; the Standard Speaker was fitted to the earliest examples. Because of its four clips, collectors sometimes refer to this machine as the Suitcase Home.
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