Introduced in 1911, the Opera phonograph represents Edison's highest achievement in the acoustic reproduction of sound.
In an effort to secure airtightness, the Model L reproducer sits in a stationary casting, under which traverses a moving mandrel, the opposite of the arrangement on most cylinder Edisons. This mechanism was based on the direct drive Amberola IA.
An oak version of the Opera was also available, in a somewhat less ornate case and minus the oxidized copper handles.
Late in the production run the name 'Opera' was dropped in favor of 'Concert,' as a result of litigation by the U-S phonograph company.
The Opera name was shared with an earlier, coin-operated Edison phonograph, which should not be confused with this machine.
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