Category - Bacigalupi Machines
One of the very earliest examples of the first model Edison “Standard” Phonograph as introduced in 1898 ($20.00) in an early 2-clip cabinet, with the correct crank (and interesting period repair)and a Polyphone Attachment. The Polyphone was an attempt to play brown wax cylinders with greater volume, and these attachments are rare today. Peter Bacigalupi was a prominent dealer of talking machines in San Francisco, and artifacts so marked are of special interest to collectors. This machines carries the rarer “Gramaphones & Phonograph Agency” version decal. Most Bacigalupi decals carry just the “phonograph agency” certification. The cabinet features a base with routed edges that differ from most known early examples of the “Standard.” This combination of features and the machine’s excellent condition makes it extraordinary. This machine left the factory during the first month of “Standard” production: about April 1898.