This Aretino talking machine, sold by the O'Neill-James Company of Chicago, dates between 1909-1916.
Earlier Aretino models had employed a propriety, oversize record spindle, but at the time of manufacture of this machine Aretino used standard Columbia components, meaning that you are able to play regular 78rpm records on this machine without any modification. (It also means that parts are more readily available.)
The case is in very good condition with a nice original red decal. The green horn, which is the proper horn, has good original paint.
When we received this machine it would not play through an entire record. I pulled the mainspring, and discovered that someone had replaced the original spring with a spring that was of smaller thickness, so I installed a brand new mainspring. I have also rebuilt the reproducer. The motor is running smoothly and the machine is playing properly.
We buy, sell, and repair antique phonographs and music boxes.
Pick-up and delivery possible in many parts of the midwest,south, and northeast.