The Regina Corona automatic disc changing music box was introduced around 1899. This mechanical and musical marvel featured a dozen 27 inch discs, Regina's largest record, which could be played in succession or individually selected. The discs lifted themselves automatically into playing position, and released themselves to the base of the cabinet at the end of the tune.
The amazing motor contained two separate spring barrels, one to lift the discs and one to play through the record. The mechanism was activated by a complex sequence of cams and levers. A piano sounding board was fitted to the rear to amplify the sound.
This is a nice, clean working original example. I have made a few small adjustments, and taken the machine apart a little, to ensure that it works properly. Watching the discs engage themselves is quite a show stopper, even apart from the beautiful sound.
The combs and leads on this machine are exceptionally clean, and the dampers are in very good condition.
One nice thing about this particular changer is that it was originally a home model, probably sold as a Style 8 or Style 33, as opposed to being a coin-operated machine. Coin-ops were placed in commercial locations and typically saw a lot of use, meaning that there is typically a lot of wear on the combs and other components, requiring additional restoration.
The golden oak case has very good original finish.
Dimensions (it's big) are approximately 24" deep, 35" wide, 67" tall with gallery.
Great fun -- there's really nothing like it in a music box.
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