Columbia BA (Special K)



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Though manufactured by Columbia, this machine was never branded as a Columbia and never appears with a Graphophone decal. Introduced around 1906, it was identified internally as "Special Disc" and was offered by retailers such as Spiegel as a house brand or by local merchants as part of a promotion, most notably the Thomas furniture company of Ohio. The single spring motor was shared with Columbia's lowest price models. Early specifications called for a black japanned horn, but most examples have appeared with the brass bell horn shown below. The K decal which sprawls across an entire side of the case is unusual -- most BAs have been seen with an unadorned oak finish, and the whereabouts of the K company remains a mystery.

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