Standard Talking Machine Style X



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The Standard X was introduced around 1904 by the East Liverpool China Company of Chicago, later to become the Great Northern Manufacturing Company of Chicago. By the time of its introduction the front mount technology employed by the Standard X was becoming obsolete. Like its successor the Standard Talking Machine Style A, the X was a premium machine, i.e, a machine given away free as a premium in order to stimulate business.

All mechanical components were manufactured by Columbia. The X motor was simple and inexpensive, with an open mainspring rather than a mainspring enclosed in a spring barrel. The quarter inch spindle ensured a captive market for the special Standard records.


Standard Talking Machine Style X
Tone arm and support arm were made by Columbia. The reproducer is an unmarked Columbia long throat. The small black horn with truncated bell was shared with a disc Graphophone model
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Standard Talking Machine Style X, rear view
Rear view showing the plain dovetailed case.
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Standard Talking Machine Style X side view
The crank was incapable of winding the motor as the machine played -- it would revolve as the mainspring ran down.
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