COLUMBIA BO GRAPHOPHONE

This rare machine was designed with a 6" long mandrel allowing it to play the Columbia 3-minute "Twentieth Century" cylinders, which were nearly obsolete by the time this was sold in 1908. In addition, it has special gearing to enable it to play both 2 and 4 minute conventional cylinders. The rear-mounted horn with tonearm was derived from Columbia's line of disc phonographs. This is another machine which dates to my earliest years of phonograph collecting; I found it in an estate auction in 1963, including a Herzog barrel-front cylinder cabinet full of records, for all of $40. Strange as it may sound, this was the most expensive phonograph I bought until 1966.

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