Category - Edison class M phonographs and derivatives
This is the classic 2-volt electric motor Phonograph that was the only practical talking machine from 1888 until 1895. These were originally leased by the North American Phonograph Company for $40.00 per year. In 1891 customers could finally buy them, but the $150 price kept sales low. This example features an original 11-way rail for listening tubes, and the second style oak cabinet. The serial number of this example is stunningly low, but the top casting is undoubtedly of Edison manufacture. The top casting, governor cage, and access plate all bear the hallmarks of early production. It’s possible that this machine was returned to North American following the expiration of an early lease; then later sold in the “updated” cabinet. This example appeared in several editions of George Frow’s Edison Cylinder Phonograph Companion.