The name Amberola was given to a range of Edison table and freestanding phonographs produced between 1910 and 1929 when production of all cylinder phonographs "for amusement" purposes ceased. (The phonograph continued to be used as an item of office equipment for dictation purposes - it's otiginal purpose- I'm assuming.)
This Amberola 50, from between 1916 and 1920, I was asked to work on recently and is owned by a local fellow collector I . This being the first Amberola I've "had in my hands", he has kindly allowed me to incude it on my web site. The Amberola 50 only plays Blue Amberols (indestructible) cylinders and uses a Diamond Model C reproducer. playing through a 10" by 8" oval mouthed horn. Dating the Amberola was by reference to various features. e.g. the steel governor disc of this example dates it to after March 1916 when the change from brass to steel was made. The mounting of the motor using bolts and brackets pre dates 1920 when woodscrews were used. So I have dated the machine at between 1916 and 1920.
I must confess I was impressed by the sound quality, an obvious improvement, as to be expected, from the phonographs of the previous decade no doubt helped by the direct gear drive as opposed to the belts of my Standards and Gem.
One feature to watch with these machines is the freedom of the point at which the reproducer connects to the horn. As the reproducer moves across the carriage the horn connections needs to be free to pivot if it is not to impede carriage movement and therefore playing.
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Facts: Amberola 50
Production: 1915 - 1929(?)
Dim: 15.125" x 15" x 19.75"
Reproducer: Diamond Model C
Motor: Double spring