Introduced in 1905 at a price of $100, the Graphophone Type BD was Columbia's most expensive model. The mahogany cabinet offered in the Age of Golden Oak indicates that the machine was geared to upscale, upper class tastes.
The rounded case, unique in the annals of American phonograph design, looked forward to the coming Art Deco era.
The BD was equipped with Columbia's best, most powerful three spring motor. The machine is quite heavy and hefty, as befits the original price. The large nickel plated petal horn, proper for this model, would date this example most likely between 1905-1908.
This is a nice original finish, original decal example of an extremely scarce machine. I have taken apart the reproducer and replaced the old dried out gasketing in it. I have also replaced the combination brake/speed control with a new one (this part was prone to breakage).
There is some typical minor age related distress to the machine, which I should note here for the record. There are some cracks in the decorative turntable ring. One piece of corner base molding was replaced, apparently cast from a mold, and stained to match (this particular piece of trim is often missing on surviving BDs).
The big nickel horn, very popular with collectors, is approximately 2 feet long with a 23 inch bell. It is quite decent, not corroded and worn down to the underlying brass as often found. There is some typical light creasing on a few of the panels. Two pencil point size holes were filled in.
This Graphophone is playing well, as you can hear in the mp3.
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