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Columbia BN (Variation) for sale

This item has been sold. Please contact us - we may be able to find you another.

I would best describe this machine as a variation of a Columbia Graphophone Type BN, ca 1907-1908. Certain aspects of the machine lead me to believe that it may have been intended for export, but I can't say this definitively.

The machine has undergone extensive mechanical restoration so that it will play properly and as trouble free as possible.The motor has been taken apart, the spring cleaned and regreased, the governor shaft polished, everything lubricated, governor springs and weights replaced for smooth running, etc.

I replaced the turntable drive gear, not because it wasn't working, but because it would bind on you in the future. The only reason this machine would play for you was because the drive gear was coated with dirt and old graphite grease, slicking it up enough to work. I could have cleaned it and coated it with fresh graphite, but eventually it would go bad, maybe even destroying the spring and some gears in the process. This is one difference between our machine and the machines on a venue such as ebay. Our machines may cost a few pennies more in the short run, but not in the long run.

The reproducer has been rebuilt, and a new flange was installed between the tone arm and reproducer for airtightness.

Cosmetically, this is an original finish golden oak machine. There is some washout of the front banner decal (see images). As usual, the nickel plating has weathered off the aluminum tone arm, and the tone arm has been polished out.

The green horn, nicely weathered, is approximately 20 inches long with a 19 inch bell.

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Lynn Bilton
Box 435
Randolph,OH 44265
330 325-7866


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