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Watch this YouTube Video of the
Machine playing a great 1923 rendition of Yes! We have no Bananas.
Production History of this Model
1925 was a watershed moment in the
recording industry: The introduction of electric Victrola records and new Orthophonic
Victrolas provided louder bass and volume, and an increased overall fidelity.
Thomas Alva Edison considered electric recordings inferior to his acoustic
Diamond Disc process, and dismissed louder volume as the passing fad of a
misguided public. Nevertheless, in March 1926 a new Dance Reproducer was
offered with increased volume and a somewhat strident tone.
Finally, in July 1927 the first electrically recorded Diamond Discs were
The absence of a suitable player for these new electric records was a serious
problem: T A Edison’s son, Theodore Edison, supervised the development of a new
reproducer and phonograph line was designed in imitation of the superb sound
quality of the Orthophonic Victrolas.
The new line of EDISONIC Reproducers and phonographs was optimized for the
wider frequency range of electric records, but they also greatly improved the
sound of the often excellently recorded older acoustic discs.
George Frow states in his book on
the Edison Phonograph: “The acoustic Edisonics were the Edison
answer to the Orthophonic Victrola, the enlarged tone chamber and spring loaded
reproducer providing a greater volume output.”
Technically, the differences of the
Edisonic reproducer vs. the Standard Reproducer are an enlarged floating
weight, a modified diaphragm, a metal thread stiffened silk chord and a
counteracting spring above the stylus head.
The Edisonic’s impressive bass and a wider tonal range make it the best
sounding Edison Diamond Disc reproducer. The
Edisonic phonograph has an enlarged horn for better bass response. It is the
largest horn used in any DD phonograph. Other subtle details, like the large
grille and patterned grille cloth, spring loaded lids and the use of expensive
figured veneers brings design of the Edisonic in line with the fine Victrolas
of the late 1920s. These were also the first Edison
Phonographs to have doors over the horn openings.
Introduced with great fanfare at the
Chicago National Music’s Dealer convention in
September 1927, the Edisonic Diamond Disc Phonographs were the technically most
advanced of the Edison machines. However, even
these last flagship models of Edison production could not prevent the further
decline of Edison sales, and over the short,
18 months production run, only a small number of machines was sold. Edisonic
phonographs nowadays are some of the rarest Edison
models to be found.
The 1927 Edisonic line-up comprised
The small Edisonic Schubert was a
stripped-down entry model for $135.50. In a rather plain cabinet, it had a
small one-spring motor and storage space for only 20 records.
The Schubert model seems to have been the more successful of the models, as
examples turn up on occasion.
The Edisonic Beethoven was the
top-of-the-line phonograph for $225. The strong two spring motor, storage space
for 60 records and a large horn were housed in an exquisite cabinet with
bookmatched figured mahogany veneer fronts. The two part lid is spring
supported. The intricately shaped grille is backed by a patterned cloth. Total
production is estimated at only 1,500 examples. Nowadays the Beethoven is a
rare machine, significantly rarer than the Schubert. I am aware of only 8
Beethovens in the hands of collectors.
Measurements: 39 3/8” x 24 /18” x
Weight approx. 150 lbs.
Cabinet is made from mahogany with
highly figured book matched door panels. Satin fish in reddish-brown mahogany.
Cabinet is a post and rail construction with veneered solid wood panels. Two
flap top with spring support opens over record and player compartments. Four
turned solid mahogany legs with stretchers. Doors open on hinges, raised bead
at the edges, mitred, inlaid 2” border and bookmatched raised central panel,
Intricate speaker grille with patterned silk or rayon backing. All hardware is
gun metal finish with decorative wipe effects.
Record storage for 60 records with red leatherette dividers. Number strips
1-30, 31-60, number strip in bottom compartment has a red velvet lining.
“The Edisonic” decal on the back of the player compartment.
Improved NEW EDISON
DISC MOTOR 2-spring with shock-proof governor. Black japanned bedplate with T A
Edison decal. Levers and winding key gun metal
plated, handles black painted wood. 12” turntable with orange felt. Rim
gun-metal plated. Special, large Edisonic horn, black japanned with upper part
gun metal plated. Edisonic reproducer in gun-metal finish with wipe effects.
Photos of the Edisonic Beethoven
Diamond Disc Phonograph
Edisonic Beethoven is the last and greatest Diamond Disc Phonograph ever
produced by Edison. It does miracles to the sound of any acoustic Diamond Disc,
and excels with the electric records. Once you heard it, you don’t want to go
back to your regular Laboratory Model!
Its superb cabinetry and side-by-side configuration makes it a welcome relief
from the usually square and somber looking Edison
You really have
to hear the superb sound quality of a well serviced example.
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calibration, here is the turntable in natural light.
is the same as of the Credenza felt.