This version of Columbia's model BN dates between 1909-1914.
I haven't performed substantial restoration other than to free up the start-stop mechanism on this machine, but the double spring motor is working properly and the machine sounds good, as you can hear in the mp3.
At a price of $25 the BN would have competed in the market with a Victor I or Victor II.
The machine retains its original decal. It looks as if the finish may have been cleaned up a little a long time ago, and then overlaid with a clear varnish.
The nickle plated horn, which would have been optional at extra cost, shows average weathering and typical minor creasing toward the ends of the petals, but is still very respectable when polished. There is some separation on one of the seams of the horn toward the small end, and some light dings on the end cap of the horn, not affecting the threading.
Good, reasonably priced choice if you want an original outside horn phonograph that plays regular 78rpm shellac records, rather than proprietary discs. If you don't have any records we'd be happy to ship you some for just the cost of Media Mail.
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