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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jan Thu 05, 2017 3:33 am 
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Although it's not especially rare, the thing that makes this Columbia Graphophone Q unique is the box.
This is the earlier version of the model & would set you back a cool $5.00 in 1899.
For an extra $1.00 one could opt for a fragile cardboard box & base.

Miraculously a very few of these optional boxes have survived the ravages of usage & time.

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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jan Thu 05, 2017 6:22 pm 
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Wow! I've been collecting phonographs since 1974 and I've never seen one quite like that before, with the carry case. What a very special machine! Nice find!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jan Thu 05, 2017 6:47 pm 
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Seems to me that Graphophone Q with the ultra rare case should be in a museum. It's very nice to see such a survivor. The interesting thing to me here is that the original owner was the kind of person who was really careful and took care of their possessions. What is even more amazing is what happened after the original owner gave up possession. Technology had moved along considerably and this Graphophone Q was hopelessly outdated, but still, other people in the chain of possession thought enough of it to continue to take care of it and hang on to it.

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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
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These collections are gorgeous!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Feb Fri 03, 2017 8:05 pm 
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Hello everyone.

I'm new here and new to vintage audio equipment in general. Recently I was given the opportunity to purchase this cabinet, but before I do I was hoping to do some reading about it. The only problem is, I have no idea what it is other than a GE. If anyone knows anything about this specific model, or if anyone could point me in the direction of some reading material I would be incredibly grateful! Thanks for any potential help. Seeing all of the beautiful pieces in this thread is really exciting.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Feb Fri 03, 2017 10:31 pm 
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Looks to be 1970's vintage. Other than that, I don't know.

BTW, are those a couple of jukeboxes in the right background?


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jun Wed 28, 2017 7:12 pm 
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oh man, i feel like these compiled overnight...

Panasonic Console

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RCA Console
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Delmonico with BSR table
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Garrard Synchro Lab 72B
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Garrard 630s
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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jun Thu 29, 2017 6:35 pm 
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If that Panasonic sounds as good as it looks then it's a great console.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jun Thu 29, 2017 8:34 pm 
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Thanks Tube Radio!

It is by far my best sounding system.

Bedsides the vintage stuff, i also have a 5.1 surround system and a sound bar. This blows them all away. The sound is really deep, full and warm. The reel-to-reel needs some work, mostly oiling, but I don't have many reels so i don't really use it.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jun Thu 29, 2017 11:53 pm 
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You're welcome.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jun Fri 30, 2017 6:17 pm 
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Here is another custom fabricated record player I just finished.
It started as a familiar RCA HF-5, but was void of it's components, turntable, speakers, etc.
After looking at it on the shelf for over 10 years, I started building it into something that never was, but could have been!
Powered by a 6 tube, Three channel Motorola amplifier, I also designed a clever 5 speaker system with custom tuned bass ports made into the bottom cover.
The sound is warm and clear, while the sound stage is like a console, the farther you move away from it, the better it sounds!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jun Fri 30, 2017 6:19 pm 
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More views of my custom record player, see above description


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jun Fri 30, 2017 6:20 pm 
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More views


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jun Fri 30, 2017 6:20 pm 
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more views


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jun Fri 30, 2017 6:30 pm 
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Very nicely done.

Do you have any pictures of the speakers and the bottom?


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jun Fri 30, 2017 6:41 pm 
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Hello,
I am trying to load more pics, but it's crashing on me, let's try this one.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jun Fri 30, 2017 6:56 pm 
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Here is the port system, trial and error method, actually, it works quite well!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jun Fri 30, 2017 7:09 pm 
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Hi again,
I hope you enjoyed the pics of my custom record player.
Hopefully, it doesn't make the purists cringe!
I also have an almost mint RCA HF-5 that I have done comparison videos on to compare sound quality and response in a controlled setting with the same record played on both, with both players running the tone controls on a flat, unbiased setting.
The custom record player sounds so clear and plays effortlessly, while the original RCA seems to strain on the high end.
My hat is off to the original RCA sound and product engineers for such a great sounding record player developed way back then!
I took it up another notch by adding my custom stereo console, an old RCA Orthophonic model in mahogany, and stuffed a Motorola 10 tube, 6V6 powered amp into it with a custom 6 speaker system. I mounted the midrange on slanted, 30 degree tubes for a wider dispersed sound stage.
Nothing sounds as warm and powerful as this monster!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Sun 02, 2017 5:06 pm 
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Personally I like mods like this when done properly like you did.

I too sometimes do miss like this.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Mon 03, 2017 2:04 pm 
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I loaded a video on you tube and played an old,but great, big band classic on this Motorola powered console.
Hopefully, it will allow you to play it, turn it up!


https://youtu.be/g-RqrE9Q3Rs


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