For your consideration is a near mint 1911 Lakeside U. Phonograph Banner model 2 and 4-minute cylinder phonograph record player with original paneled horn. If you have been looking for an esoteric cylinder phonograph for the advanced collector, look no further. The 2/4 minute assembly is like no other. These machines were produced in limited quantities through 1912 and the years have not been kind to most of them.This example is the rare exception. This machine features a near perfect lustrous original shellac finish on the cabinet with a Lakeside decal. If you look closely you can see where Ward removed the U. Factory decal and applied the Lakeside decal, back in 1911.
The bedplate is simply phenomenal, as you can see, showcasing a near perfect black japanned paint job and retaining almost 100% of the fragile original pin striping and decals. The nickel plating is outstanding and overall this machine is near mint, apart from some trivial notes here and there.The reproducer assembly casting has matching serial numbers to the data plate, mounted to the mechanism casting (see the 7th photo). The motor is strong and quiet and easily plays through a couple 2-minute cylinders with a full winding.
This motor utilizes a new Wyatt Markus leather belt, the best cylinder phonograph belt on the market today. Phonographs you are well aware that the pot metal 2 and 4-minute reproducer carriages are typically unusable due to cracking, missing pieces, and other trauma thanks to pot metal problems. This example is the very rare exception. The carriage assembly is original and functioning, with no clunky repairs jobs in sight.
The sophisticated 2/4 minute feed system, formerly using pot metal rods, was carefully replaced with a problem-free brass sleeve system, designed and painstakingly implemented by myself. The only concession is the use of two non-invasive pins in the 2/4 switch gear, which replace the original switch key (included) that was likely broken off 90 years ago when the mechanism stiffened. That said, while this phonograph is capable of good playback, it's still a somewhat fragile reproducer assembly so an amount of care is required when operating. Machine comes with its original absolutely superb paneled horn.Included with this phonograph are 2 original Lakeside U. Indestructible celluloid (early plastic) cylinders. One is 2-minute, the other 4-minute. This phonograph will safely play all standard-sized 2 and 4-minute black wax and celluloid cylinders.
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Please view all photos for more details and confirmation of the above description. Please let me know if you have any questions. The item "NEAR MINT 1911 U. Lakeside Banner 2/4 Min Cylinder Phonograph Record Player" is in sale since Friday, November 27, 2020.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Radio, Phonograph, TV, Phone\Phonographs, Accessories\Edison Phonographs". The seller is "acoustic_audio" and is located in Westerville, Ohio. This item can be shipped to United States.