The Columbia Graphophone and Grafonola -- A Beginner's Guide.
Part Two. Model Identification -- Cylinder Graphophones


See also: Columbia Graphophone Identification -- Front Mounts
See also: Columbia Graphophone Identification -- Rear Mounts

Copyright 2007 Lynn Bilton

NOTE: As I mentioned in the introductory section, I don't have a complete set of images, or at least good images, to give you. If I am aware of a machine of which I do not have a picture I have mentioned it in the relevant listings. Some machines are also seen in several, often subtle, variations which I don't cover here. The goal is to make a basic identification of your machine. My listing is not comprehensive, but should cover 99 per cent of what you are likely to find.

Almost all machines of Columbia origin which were sold as a Graphophone had some type of Columbia decal on them. If your machine has original finish, but does not have a Columbia decal, it may have been marketed as a house brand. I show you some common examples of this in the listings.


Columbia A



Columbia AA



Columbia C



Columbia N



Columbia Q. Also seen, with lid, as QC.



Columbia B (Eagle)



Columbia BS (Coin-operated Eagle)



Columbia AG (some upperworks removed)



Columbia HG



Columbia AB Macdonald  Additional Macdonald pictures



Columbia AD, AF. Part of upperworks removed.



Columbia AT, second version with high trunion



Columbia AT, first version



Columbia BK



Columbia AZ



Columbia AP, AQ



Columbia BC (Twentieth Century)



Columbia BE



Columbia BF



Columbia BG



Columbia BV



Columbia BKT (Note back bracket and aluminum tone arm)



Columbia BQ. Identical to the BKT except that the BQ uses a horizontally mounted reproducer.



Columbia BO. Uses back bracket and aluminum tone arm.



This machine, sold by Sears as an Oxford, was based on the BKT.


Not depicted:

Columbia AO.
Columbia AW.
Columbia BET. A version of the BE with back bracket and aluminum tone arm.
Columbia BFT. A version of the BF with back bracket and aluminum tone arm.
Columbia BGT. A version of the BG with back bracket and aluminum tone arm.
Columbia BVT. A version of the BV with back bracket and aluminum tone arm.
Columbia BM. Uses a smaller version of the Higham reproducer found in the Columbia BC. Same case as the Columbia BG.

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