The Chicago Talking Machine Company had begun in the early 1890s by recording a few titles on blank cylinder records. Following the bankruptcy of Edison's North American Phonograph Company, Chicago Talking Machine wound up with some of the Edison and Bell-Tainter machines. At this time there was a great deal of experimentation going on to fit a successful spring motor into the phonograph so that it could be distributed into the home.
Around 1895 Chicago Talking Machine began fitting spring motors of Amet and other design into cases of their own design, re-using the North American tops.
We buy, sell, and repair antique phonographs and music boxes.
Pick-up and delivery possible in many parts of the midwest, south, and northeast.