The relatively scarce Edison Fireside phonograph was introduced in 1909 as a replacement for the Edison Standard, but continued to be sold along with the Standard.
Its small size and cute compact arrangement, along with its reliability, makes it a favorite with collectors. The Fireside employed the tried and true motor used for years on the Edison Standard.
This is the Model A Fireside, the first of two versions of the Fireside. The machine is equipped with gearing to play the new 4 minute records introduced in 1909, as well as the older 2 minute records; from a modern standpoint, this is a little like getting two machines for the price of one.
The case on this machine has decent original finish and original decal. There is a typical sliver of veneer peel on one fringe of the lid. The pinstriping on the bedplate is quite nice, better than average.
More important, this Fireside has been mechanically rebuilt. I have taken the motor totally apart, polished the governor shaft, cleaned the bushings and gearing, re-belted, and more. I have pulled and re-greased the mainspring, a big job, but important for smooth running. I have also disassembled the upperworks, lubricated everything, and freed up a frozen mandrel shaft.
The red baby morning glory horn, about 18 inches long with a 12 inch bell, is the proper, special horn for this machine. It's very hard to find this particular horn in excellent condition -- on most examples the paint has peeled and faded over the years, and rust has set in. This horn has some scratches on the maroon finish (see images) but isn't corroded.The horn crane, which was never fancy, is a reproduction.
This Fireside comes with a Model C two minute reproducer, which has been rebuilt for maximum sound.
Compare this strong playing machine to any pig-in-a-poke on ebay. Price includes 5 nice original two minute cylinders.
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