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This 1911 Edison Opera Phonograph is among the most desirable of all the Edison models. From the early teens, the Opera received a unique, extra steady motor and a traversing mandrel mechanism. This model is handmade on a 1:1 scale using wood and iron. Every detail such as the horn and storage box is carefully crafted just like a real one. A must have for the collector and enthusiast!
Introduced in 1911, the Opera phonograph represents Edisons highest achievement in the acoustic reproduction of sound. In an effort to secure airtightness, the Model L reproducer sits in a stationary casting, under which traverses a moving mandrel, the opposite of the arrangement on most cylinder Edisons. This mechanism was based on the direct drive Amberola IA. An oak version of the Opera was also available, in a somewhat less ornate case. Late in the production run the name Opera was dropped in favor of Concert, as a result of litigation by the U-S phonograph company. The Opera name was shared with an earlier, coin-operated Edison phonograph, which should not be confused with this machine.
Measures 14.5" x 15.5" x 10"