Frank Capps, an Edison employee, patented a spring motor in 1895, the rights to which were assigned to the United State Phonograph Company (Edison). This Triton motor, which owed much to Amet, was a watershed development in the history of the phonograph, for at last a phonograph could be placed in every home and business.
The Capps motor was fitted in a machine simply called the Spring Motor (Class SM), usually marked with a nickel plate announcing 'Spring Motor for Phonograph'. It probably first went on sale in 1896 at a cost of $100. (Early Spring Motors are marked United States.) The Edison Spring Motor continued until 1901, when the case was redesigned and the machine morphed into the Edison Triumph.
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