At first I thought that it was only a side cabinet, that was until I lifted the lid and was greeted with this...
It only got better, as hiding under the lid was this green velvet turntable, arm with decorative speaker and would you believe the needle was still attached. Here's the kicker...it operates on a crank, yes you have to wind it up...sweet! Now I will not pretend that I know the first thing about this piece of equipment; but I knew that I had come across a gem.
While the door on the front was carefully perched in it's proper location, it's hinges broken, and the screws holding the lid were no where to be found; that didn't scare me.
- It turns out that this phonograph is from the late 1920s.
- It originally had a decorative "speaker" plate covering that large upper opening.
- The needles back then were meant to be used once and then replaced.
I joked several times while we were loading this into my car, how wonderful it would be if it actually still played. Would you believe later that evening I got a call saying that it played about 5 seconds of a song.
Once this is cleaned up, will it work, won't it...either way it is a pretty cool piece of music history.