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  2. I've owned three Bettini reproducers over the years -- on an Edison Spring Motor, Eagle Graphophone, and the one I have now, a Graphophone AD. I always felt that Bettini was basically all hype. Sure, the larger diaphragm helped, but there was nothing special about the sound. Until Wyatt Markus got his hands on my Bettini type Nf and worked his magic. The sound is truly unbelievable -- incredible volume, great richness and clarity. Wow. Now I realize that, like any other reproducer, proper rebuilding and adjusting is the key to experiencing what they were originally ca
  3. KinetoGuy

    Show Us Your Dealer Tags!

    When I bought the phonograph Norman Bates threw in the rocking chair in the attic...
  4. "On This Day in Phonographic History..." April 11, 1889: Gianni Bettini filed for a U.S. patent for “Method of Recording and Reproducing Sounds.” The large diaphragm with multiple legs holding a stylus would result in the finest sound reproduction available to the public in the 1890s. #antiquephonographsociety #phonograph #gramophone #antique
  5. Mainspring

    WANTED: WANTED: Columbia BI Nickel Horn

    View Advert Columbia BI Nickel Horn WANTED: I am looking for the 9 petal nickel horn to go with my Columbia BI, which currently has a different horn in place. I would like the horn to be in nice condition but showing a little age is not a problem. If you would have one you would like to sell on please get in touch. Advertiser Mainspring Date 04/11/2021 Price Category WANTED
  6. Mainspring

    WANTED: Columbia BI Nickel Horn

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    WANTED: I am looking for the 9 petal nickel horn to go with my Columbia BI, which currently has a different horn in place. I would like the horn to be in nice condition but showing a little age is not a problem. If you would have one you would like to sell on please get in touch.

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  7. Mainspring

    How do you store your records?

    OK Newbie here, what the A.P. Hill are "Nauck sleeves"? And where do you buy such an animal. Related, is it possible to still buy the album sort of storage method?" The "Nauck Sleeves" are available from Kurt Nauck at this URL: https://shop.78rpm.com/index.php?id_product=181&controller=product#/minimum_order-does_your_order_meet_the_50_sleeve_minimum As for album storage, you will get other opinions but personally, I don't trust albums. I see too many broken records in them. Yes, I know handling has alt to do with that but I have never had a broken record st
  8. Mainspring

    Ron Sitko’s passing and obituary

    Terribly pleasant fellow and so easy to do business with. We seem to be running out of parts options.
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  10. You said, "About 06 gallons of elbow grease and the whole 'arm' shines like gold." My question is why? The tonearm is supposed to have an antique bronze finish. Did you really strip off the factory finish? If so, that was a huge mistake, similar to slapping a coat of pastel paint on the cabinet.😬
  11. Very nice collection, Bruce. Amberola IV! We just don't see those very often. Thanks for sharing your photos with us. Cheers, Fran
  12. Bruce, wow! I've seen your US phonographs in person and it kind of blew me away. But seeing both the US and European phonographs is a real treat. Some mouth watering stuff my friend!
  13. Valecnik

    Ron Sitko’s passing and obituary

    I heard this very sad news multiple places. It will seem odd to go to the next Midwest phonograph show and not see him there. When I ordered by phone, he always mailed the parts to Europe within a day or two, never waiting for my check to arrive. A friendlier fellow is hard to find. He will be missed indeed.
  14. "On This Day in Phonographic History..." April 10, 1878: Born: Lucy Isabelle Marsh, lyric soprano and versatile recording artist. #antiquephonographsociety #phonograph #gramophone #antique
  15. Neilvanstem

    My most expensive record

    Ha ha Bob do not think I will be attending the Bixfest as I do not drink and find it hard to tolerate those that over indulge. But thanks for the warning! lol Neil
  16. Well here are a few of my toys. t
  17. It's very difficult to clean over or around a decal and very few could tackle your banner decal with a satisfactory result. Personally, I'd leave it as it is. It's way better than average.
  18. KiltedTailor

    How do you store your records?

    OK Newbie here, what the A.P. Hill are "Nauck sleeves"? And where do you buy such an animal. Related, is it possible to still buy the album sort of storage method?
  19. KiltedTailor

    Likely searching for the impossible

    I know not a thing of the Item you seek-- BUT I very much admire the Spirit behind the Request!
  20. L4tD

    Show Us Your Dealer Tags!

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  21. L4tD

    Show Us Your Dealer Tags!

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  22. Okay these are in my front room. I did not move anything out of the way to sort of pose them. I did not even dust. Here are most of the machines in my front room. Neil
  23. Well, there are two general schools of thought on the topic of legacy planning. I used to think that a museum would be the ideal solution, and it may still be, but it needs to be the right museum. I've been to the Smithsonian and the Henry Ford; expecting to see tantalizing antique phonographs and related artifacts that I know to be in the possession of those institutions. I've been disappointed. I've also been privy to stories about what has happened to certain historic phonographs in museums after-hours - - the result of hiring temporary summer help who have been careless.
  24. Hey Ho! New to the "hobby" bloke here with a Thought or three-- first, a world class set of collections is all that I see. Next, I would hope these things are destined for some museum when the owners are not amoung the living. These are too fine to be lost to the uncaring and unknowing
  25. Or for another option, use the "Skidmores' Beeswax polish and or the Restoration cream. Neither have any petro chemicals {which I THINK the Renaissance wax has in it} To see how it works, look at my photos posted here, of its use on my Victrola. "Skid mores' is sold on Ebay
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