The modest little Gem was the bargain phonograph in the Edison line, selling for $7.50 in 1899, raised to $10 shortly thereafter. The Model B was released in 1905, still priced at $10 when fitted with a small horn but for another $2.50 customers could have this larger paneled horn. Compared to the slightly more expensive Standard and Home phonographs the Gem was still a noisy and underpowered machine, but nonetheless it was a reliable and sturdy machine which used the same reproducer as larger phonographs and consequently plays with excellent clarity. Althought it is a very common model, this Gem is a favorite of mine since I have owned it since 1962; it appeared in the 1963 newspaper article on my home page.
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