Disc Busy Bee Grand



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Sold beginning around 1906 by the O'Neill-James company of Chicago, the Busy Bee disc was another machine of Hawthorne and Sheble manufacture. An extra projection on the turntable was intended to lock to purchaser into Busy Bee brand records.

A cylinder Busy Bee machine, a modified version of a Columbia Q, was also distributed by the O'Neill-James company.


Hawthorne and Sheble Busy Bee
Hawthorne and Sheble Busy Bee Grand.
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Busy Bee Grand
The Busy Bee models were not equipped with a tone arm. A bracket fastened to the underside of the horn balances the horn precariously on an oversize support arm.
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Busy Bee speed control
The speed control and on/off switch.
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Busy Bee reproducer
Note the unusual reproducer with aluminum diaphragm. The tip of the horn comes to a 5/8 inch opening, just like a cylinder phonograph horn. The tip is wedged into the special Busy Bee reproducer.
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Busy Bee motor
It would be impossible to mistake the motor for anything other than Hawthorne and Sheble origin.

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