The Amberola 1-A was a deluxe Edison phonograph, the first to feature the inside-horn cabinet style pioneered by Victor. Priced at a whopping $200 in late 1909, it was intended for the well-heeled buyer who would appreciate having a fine piece of furniture instead of a dust-collecting, intrusive horn in their parlor. Five hundred were made with a lyre-shaped grill as shown; later 1-A's and 1-B's had a rococco grill. The 1-A had a mechanism similar to the Opera or School Phonograph, with a moving mandrel and stationary reproducer, however it was a unique machine in that it plays both 2 and 4 minute cylinders. (The 'M' reproducer has a flip-over stylus to allow it to play both types of records without changing.) Metal parts have the same fancy oxydized treatment as the Edison Idelia. The cabinet has 4 drawers, each housing 25 cylinders. This is one of the most impressive Edison phonographs ever made, both in appearance and sound quality.
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